Michigan comes back…

October 17th, 2011

When our founders set up a federal system, one of their goals was to allow the States to be laboratories of policy, to find what worked and what didn't and then use that in shaping our national policy. As we look out at the landscape of all the problem we face today; globalization, the onset and impact of technology, the need to improve education and infrastructure, all of these problems seem to happen first in Michigan.

While there were some who wanted Michigan and Detroit to go bankrupt, rather than get a bail out for the auto industry, Michigan and Detroit preserved. This was in some measure, through the efforts of their two term Governor Jennifer Granholm

Today, Detroit is experiencing a kind of renascence, that even goes beyond the Tigers and Lions. Detroit today is becoming a city of what Richard Florida calls the Creative Class, with even a Whole Foods opening in downtown Detroit. How did this happen and what can we all learn from Detroit's  and Michigan's experience? Governor Jennifer Granholm explains in her new book A Governor's Story: The Fight for Jobs and America's Economic Future. My conversation with Gov. Jennifer Granholm: