Points of View

  • Population Growth in West Michigan Surpasses State

    Population Growth in West Michigan Surpasses State

    West Michigan saw positive population growth over the year, including increases in most of the region’s 13 counties from 2017 to 2018. Today, we’ll explore what the recently released 2018 population estimates indicate about growth among West Michigan counties.

  • First HireReach Cohort Leads Way to Better Hiring Practices
  • Reversing the ‘Brain Drain’ Is Just the Start

    Reversing the ‘Brain Drain’ Is Just the Start

    Census shows net gain of workers with bachelor’s degrees in Kent County, according to MLive. This reflects population growth across West Michigan – but these trends are only part of the talent success picture.

  • 2019 ALICE Report: Who’s Struggling in West Michigan

    2019 ALICE Report: Who’s Struggling in West Michigan

    The United Way’s 2019 ALICE Report was released last month, indicating an uneven economic recovery in Michigan resulting from a combination of rising costs, low wages, and reduced working hours. Today, we’ll take a look at what the newest report reveals about ALICE households in West Michigan.

  • Hard Facts on Soft Skills: Employers Demand Them, Students Need Them

    Hard Facts on Soft Skills: Employers Demand Them, Students Need Them

    As employers require additional nonacademic skills from new graduates, K-12 and postsecondary institutions will need to manage a shift in emphasis from traditional lecture-based classrooms toward added opportunities for project-based learning and hands-on experiences.

  • How Career Pathways Can Prepare for Era of Automation
  • Comparative Dashboard: Median Household Incomes

    Comparative Dashboard: Median Household Incomes

    Talent 2025 selected six key performance indicators to measure West Michigan against 11 peer communities. Using our Comparative Dashboard, today we’ll take a closer look at median household incomes in our region compared to our peers.

  • Investing in Human Capital Will Pay Dividends for All