Michigan Prosperity Initiative Training Program

In 2010, the Michigan Prosperity Initiative (MPI) engaged about 3,000 people in a series of 99 training programs in 63 days on the New Economy. It provided the state of Michigan and its citizens, businesses, local governments and other stakeholders with information and training on economic strategy development. The training was based on MSU and other university and think-tank research. Three separate levels of training programs led by LPI and MSU Extension educators were provided in 100 sessions between mid-April and mid-June, 2010. Then, on Oct. 7, 2010, a capstone event on State Strategy Development was held at the Lansing Center. Learn more at Michigan Prosperity Initiative.

New Economy 101: Fundamentals of the New Economy

This program described how Michigan's present economic circumstances developed, and emphasized that because Michigan has many assets there is good reason to be hopeful about our economic future. Thirteen actions Michigan could take to move the state forward were also presented. This program was of interest to all audiences.

New Economy 201: Place-Based Regional Economic Planning

This program focused on a simple common vision and basic goals for prosperity; it described in detail Michigan's critical assets, and then identified place-based strategies to help us create new prosperity on a regional basis. This program was targeted to those that attended New Economy 101, and professionals and representatives of local government and other key stakeholder groups.

New Economy 301: Strategies to Bridge the Gap

This program addressed detailed economic analyses that could be performed to help inform regional strategic growth plans and the key strategies necessary to implement those plans. This program was intended for those that attended the first two programs, and planning and economic development professionals.

Capstone Event: State Strategy Development

In the final phase of the Michigan Prosperity Initiative, the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and LPI used the priority strategies that arose out of the 14 regional strategic growth plans, along with ideas from a number of other sources to create a set of 71 draft state strategies organized around 14 strategy categories. These strategies were vetted at a special event on Oct. 7, 2010r. These draft strategies:

  • Provided direction on future state economic development activities and initiatives, so that regions, local governments, private companies and nonprofits all had opportunities to help “plug into” and help implement those strategies.
  • Served as a rallying focal point for regional and state attempts to attract both programmatic and targeted federal implementation funding assistance.
  • Were shared with staff of Governor-Elect Snyder in the hopes that they would help serve as a point to begin internal and external discussions about moving Michigan forward in ways that achieve renewed and lasting economic prosperity for Michigan’s citizens, businesses and organizations.