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Education Policy Fellowship Program

Michigan's Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy

October 29, 2012
12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Kellogg Center, MSU

During this seminar Fellows will have an opportunity to explore the simultaneous shifts in economic forces -- from muscle to mind and from national to global -- that have pummeled the state for the past 10 years and that present fundamentally different policy challenges to lawmakers and educators. During the second part of the program we will explore the current political climate in the state, highlight some of the leadership challenges facing Michigan’s elected officials and discuss the prospect for these leaders to work in partnership with the business and other communities to increase economic development for the state as we approach election year.


Resource People:


Lou Glazer
President, Michigan Future, Inc.
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Mr. Glazer is President and co-founder of Michigan Future, Inc., a non-partisan, nonprofit organization. Michigan Future’s mission is to be a source of new ideas on how Michigan can succeed as a world class community in a knowledge-driven economy. Its work is funded by Michigan foundations. Its two latest report are: Michigan’s Transition to a Knowledge-Based Economy which provides a progress report on how well Michigan is positioned to succeed in a flattening world; and Young Talent in the Great Lakes, an analysis of Michigan’s success in retaining and attracting college educated Millennials.

Mr. Glazer currently is heading efforts to:
• organize leadership to implement a new agenda for a knowledge-based Michigan;
• implement a high school in partnership with the Ferndale Public Schools and Lawrence Technological University designed to connect students to good paying careers in the 21st Century automotive industry;
• implement an innovative system for reducing chronic unemployment with Goodwill Industries of Greater Detroit.

Prior to joining MFI, Mr. Glazer served as Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Commerce during the Blanchard Administration. He received Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan. 



 Bill Ballenger
 Editor and Publisher

Born in Flint, Michigan, on 28 March 1941, Bill Ballenger is a former state representative and state senator, an ex-state racing commissioner, and director of the Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulation. Mr. Ballenger also served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare in the administration of President Gerald R. Ford.

Bill Ballenger holds a B.A. degree magna cum laude from Princeton University and a master's degree in Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He held the Robert P. & Marjorie Griffin Endowed Professorship in American Government at Central Michigan University from 2003-2007. He has also been a visiting Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan / Flint; Michigan State University; & Western Michigan University.

Much has been said about Bill Ballenger over the years. He has been dubbed by the Detroit News as "Michigan's undisputed Crown Prince of Pundits." In addition to editing and publishing the "Inside Michigan Politics" newsletter, he appears frequently on radio and television nationally & throughout Michigan. He also gives speeches & quotes to a variety of newspapers & various interest groups.



PowerPoint from Lou Glazer. 

Updated data from Lou Glazer on the advantage of college attainment. 

Recommended Readings:

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-brainers Will Rule the Future
By Daniel H. Pink
Published by Riverhead Books, 2006

NY Times Magazine article on preformance character vs. moral character:

Atlantic Monthly Magazine article, "Can the Middle Class Be Saved?"



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