In light of the current Gubernatorial race between Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero and his opponent Rick Snyder, it is essential to focus on one of the most pressing issues facing Michigan today, the growing unemployment. The voters need to know what are some of the remedies and solutions being proposed by the two candidates to resolve the job loss problem in the state. As one of Michigan residents, I would like to share some of my thoughts on how I think the government can lower the unemployment rate and improve one of the worst economies in the nation.
The state’s economic strength and specifically the economic strength of the state’s capital would benefit tremendously if there will be an effort made to attract, employ, and retain young professionals looking for superior quality of life. Inside the companies, workers who possess more education and advanced skills would contribute innovative ideas on how to increase productivity and quality, reduce cost, and develop solutions to problems.
Young professionals would be inclined to move to Lansing if they can find a way to grow career-wise and have a security for them and their families. However, it seems like the state needs to put some effort not just into creating more job opportunities, but into marketing cities like Lansing to allure young professionals from Michigan and out of state to stay here after graduation instead of moving to big cities like New York and Los Angeles to pursue their dreams.
Some of the suggestions on “marketing” Lansing as a hip exciting place to live for people of any age could be partially rebuilding downtown to make it a more contemporary destination that delivers the ultimate shopping, dining, and entertaining. What I mean by that is adding more hotels, shopping boutiques carrying internationally known brands, a downtown theater that would give Lansing residents performances by the local talent as well as out of state artists, building a stadium and conventional centers to display art and give music performances. Also, things like street fountains and better street illumination at night is a sure way to make it a more exciting and inviting place to live.
The city would be able to renew its image and to grow economically by giving tax breaks and other financial incentives to big businesses, making it attractive for them to move their businesses here. As U.S. businesses continue to expand on a global market, it would be a good idea to have a bigger airport with quick access to international destinations.
Basically, a lower operating costs for businesses and a resulting growing labor force is a possible remedy for the problems facing Michigan today.
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