Q: What's the best part about living in Michigan?
A: The state park and national park system, by far, along with the readily available fruits and veggies in season. When I moved to MI 26 years ago, I was astounded to find a thriving agricultural industry. Best kept state secret ever!
Q: If there was one thing that you could change about life in Michigan, what would it be?
A: We need better public transportation
Q: In your opinion, what is the most important issue facing your community today?
A: Lack of housing and the inability for 'locals' (vs out of town/second home/AirBnBers) to be able to afford a home (especially 'middle class' professionals like teachers, healthcare professionals, public servants, etc).
Q: As a Lifelong Michigander, why have you stayed in Michigan?
A: Community, natural resources, job opportunities, family.
Let’s Grow Michigan is tackling the state’s declining population head on.
In August, the team set out on a mission to collect honest feedback and ideas from Michiganders that could help boost the population while also uncovering aspects they love. The team traveled to every corner of the state engaging with residents of all backgrounds and perspectives that will be used to create the most robust population growth strategy in Michigan’s history.
Michiganders from every corner of the state and young people throughout the country have weighed in. The team collected survey responses in-person at events, digitally through social media and newsletters as well as by conducting a national poll.
Feedback collected has made one thing clear: there is no one-size-fits-all approach to solving this problem. Different communities have different needs.
Hearing from real residents on real challenges they face in their communities will allow the Let’s Grow Michigan team to generate real solutions. Analyzing and leveraging information collected will help guide future investments and position Michigan as the most competitive state in the nation to attract new residents while retaining those who already call this great state home.