Michigan's Economy in 2009 and Beyond: a Panel Discussion of Economic Experts

Date & time

Feb 9, 2009, 4:00-5:30 pm EST


Weill Hall


A consensus has emerged in the last few years regarding Michigan's economic future. In order to return prosperity to the state most analysts agree that Michigan must develop a diversified knowledge economy featuring robust entrepreneurial activity and a highly educated, innovative labor force.

However, today Michigan is confronted with a severe economic recession and a meltdown of the economy's core automotive sector. There has been much less discussion, and certainly no consensus, regarding how Michigan should respond to the current economic recession and yet stay on the path of transition toward a knowledge economy.

The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy will host a panel discussion of economic experts to focus on the short run challenges and long term opportunities for Michigan's economy in 2009 and beyond.






  • John C. Austin, Director, New Economy Initiative & Vice President, Michigan Board of Education, State of Michigan.
  • Charles L. Ballard, Professor of Economics, Michigan State University & Director of the MSU State of the State Survey
  • Kim Hill, Director, Automotive Communities Program and Associate Director, Economics and Business Group, Center for Automotive Research.
  • Christopher Hayter, Program Director, Economic Development Program, National Governor's Association


  • Paul Courant, Dean of Libraries and Harold T. Shapiro Collegiate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Michigan


Hosted by the Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy. Co-sponsored by the Ford School of Public Policy. [Details]