- Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Opening Michigan’s Doors to Immigrants
The university often extends the first welcome to visitors from outside the United States. Visitors come as research scientists, scholars, students, and young professionals wishing to work or study on Michigan’s campuses. Both the State Capitol and the private sector have recently taken an assertive role in retaining and further recruiting this audience. They are inviting visitors to stay in Michigan as employees and employers focused on areas of much-needed talent and expertise. As our universities build world acclaim and as Michigan opens its doors to global business opportunities, more visitors are envisioning making Michigan home for their family and for their business center.
IPPSR’s April Forum will look to a panel with deep knowledge and experience in opening doors to Michigan’s next generation of global leaders. Why has Michigan set a commitment to opening doors to immigrants? What are the real challenges for doing so? What is the perspective of other regions on state immigration? Are there best practices noted for universities, private sector recruiters and policy makers for working together to grow population and diversify the talent base? How might our state become more inclusive toward new immigrants once they are here? How can we assure that immigration in Michigan does not become migration to regions outside of the Great Lakes?
Peter Briggs, Director, MSU Office for International Students and Scholars. Briggs has more than 30 years experience in services to international students and scholars.
Steve Tobocman, Director, Global Detroit. Tobocman has spent the past three years spearheading a regional economic revitalization strategy focused on immigration and global connections.
Karen Phillippi, Deputy Director, Michigan Office for New Americans. Phillippi has worked in immigration law for more than 20 years.
Ann Marie Schneider, Director, Program Planning and Development, Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. She leads IPPSR’s program planning and development division and advises the Institute’s communications and marketing strategies.
- Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Cultivating Michigan’s Innovation Culture
At the March Forum, we’ll examine Michigan's culture of innovation. How recognizable is Michigan's culture of innovation? How might we better cultivate innovation in our state? What have others done to build their communities as a hub for new ideas and generate innovation? What are the gains of an innovation culture to the region? What policy considerations are there for building a place where people are encouraged and supported to innovate? IPPSR will bring the innovator's story to the audience to demonstrate how innovation, research and policy might synergize to build the job economy, while addressing practical problems.
Brian Abraham, Executive Director, Spartan Innovations
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Paul Krutko, President and CEO of SPARK, a business incubator.
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Bob Trezise, President and CEO of Lansing Economic Area Partnership Inc.
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- Wednesday, January 22, 2014
What Do State Demographics Say about Michigan's JOB ONE in 2014?
As we move into the new year, everyone agrees that Michigan is at an important crossroad. Projections for the State's future tend to vary by source.
The January forum will clarify the current course of the Great Lakes state by focusing on its demographics. What do demographics tell us about the direction of Michigan's population, its education, employment, and business climate? What is the call to action for Michigan residents and leaders? The forum will provide demographic information to consider when prioritizing Michigan's agenda in the new year and beyond. In this year-opening Forum, one of Michigan’s leading demographic authorities will share the state’s latest demographic description and point to the themes suggested within these numbers. One of Michigan’s leading economists will remark on the state’s demographic profile and economic indicators. The Forum discussion will focus on critical themes, possible turning points, key policy considerations and will invite audience participation.
Kenneth Darga, former Michigan demographer.
Darga Presentation: Michigan Youth, Urban Centers and Opportunity (.pdf)
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Charles Ballard, Michigan State University professor of economics, Department of Economics within MSU’s College of Social Science. He is also director of the MSU State of the State Survey at the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.
Ballard Presentation: Where There Is Economic Opportunity, People Will Follow (.pdf)
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Speaker Bios (.pdf)
Scenes from IPPSR's January 2014 Forum (.wmv)
IPPSR Forums in the News
The 2014 Forum Series continues the policy education curriculum of the Institute's leadership programs. Each Forum is open to all who want to learn more about current issues being discussed in the policy arena. Attendees have an opportunity to contribute to the policy discussion as well. If you would like to learn more about IPPSR’s public policy Forums, suggest a topic or be alerted to upcoming programs, please let us know.
Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research will host its 2014 Public Policy Forum Series on January 22, March 19, April 23 and May 21.
You are invited to register for all IPPSR forums online or by calling 517-355-6672. There is no charge to attend and the public is invited. A light lunch is served on a first-come, first-served basis so registration is advised.
All forums, unless otherwise indicated, begin at 11:30 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m.
Forums take place at the Anderson House Office Building, 5th Floor Mackinac Room, downtown Lansing, across from the Capitol Bldg. The address is 124 N. Capitol Ave.
Policymakers, state directors, capital staff, business and community leaders, university faculty and researchers, and the general public are especially invited to attend IPPSR’s Forum Series.