Layers of Government Inhibit the Regional Cooperation We Need
We want to be proud of our Michigan communities as great places to live, work, and raise a family. In order to get there, however, we have a big problem that must first be fixed. Many of our communities, particularly our older core cities and suburbs, are literally falling apart, with no way to pay for their rebuilding. When considering regional approaches to moving Detroit and Southeast Michigan forward, a major barrier is the way our cities are funded. Michigan's municipal finance model is broken. The governor must lead a fundamental overhaul of how we pay for local government services. More.
The Connection between Vibrant Neighborhoods and Economic Growth
Having a solid business climate that attracts companies and jobs is important, but it is also necessary to cultivate a vibrant, exciting community with a wide diversity of talent. A recent study of 84 suburban areas found that vibrant, dense, mixed-use suburban areas performed better than lower-density, auto-dependent office parks. Read more.