In 2009, the Land Policy Institute commissioned several economy-related questions from the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research’s State of the State Survey at Michigan State University. The results were published in the 51st State of the State Survey, from which LPI published a series of bulletins in 2010 and 2011 that investigated the views of surveyed Michigan residents about the roles of specific industries in the economic recovery of the state.
Information presented in these bulletins expounded survey responses in terms of demographic and socio-economic characteristics to better understand how Michigan residents are thinking about crucial issues facing the state. By understanding this mindset, it can assist in developing and implementing appropriate economic recovery strategies that can move the state forward.
The bulletin series covered six topics, including the auto industry, renewable energy, parks and trails, tourism, agriculture and attracting people to the state.