New report to detail economic outlook for Washtenaw County

ANN ARBOR, MI – Will Ann Arbor reach a predicted unemployment rate of 2.5 percent, and how many jobs have been created across the region in the past year?

The Washtenaw Economic Club is preparing to answer those questions with the unveiling of the club’s 2017 Economic Outlook at its next gathering. The report is a detailed forecast that covers what the county can anticipate in the next three years.

The 32nd Economic Outlook presentation takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at Washtenaw Community College. It includes a question and answer session featuring University of Michigan economists Gabriel Ehrlich and Donald Grimes, the creators of the report, and a panel of Washtenaw County officials.

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Speaker stresses STEM education at economic club

Emily DeRocco
Editor’s Note: Emily DeRocco, former Assistant Secretary of Labor in the George W. Bush administration and currently Education and Workforce Director for Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT), was guest speaker at a recent Washtenaw Economic Club luncheon. She spoke before an audience of nearly 200 business and industry leaders. Following are excerpts from her speech that addressed the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in re-establishing America as the leader in manufacturing.  
Although Washington is my

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For Washtenaw, a rosy outlook

Richard Wallace (left) and Dr. George Fulton speak at the Washtenaw Economic Club luncheon. Photo by Lynn Monson
For the past 31 years, Dr. George A. Fulton, research professor at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy and director of the Center for Labor Market Research, has peered into Washtenaw County’s economic future.
More often than not, he’s been right on the money, pun intended, and this year was no exception. For the 250 local business

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WCC programs support county economic outlook

University of Michigan economist Dr. George A. Fulton and Meijer Inc. Co-CEO and Vice Chairman Mark A. Murray
The highly anticipated 2015 Economic Outlook for Washtenaw County was presented at the March 19 Washtenaw Economic Club program at Washtenaw Community College.
This year marked the 30th anniversary of the Economic Outlook, which is co-authored by Dr. George A. Fulton, economics research professor at the Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy (IRLEE) and director of the Research Seminar in Quantitative

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Washtenaw Economic Club stimulates important economic discussions

Washtenaw Community College is proud to host the Washtenaw Economic Club.
The club was founded in 1998 as a nonprofit organization that gathered business and political leaders, journalists, sports figures and other area celebrities. In 2010, the organization disbanded and became a special program within WCC, and it is still a place “where leaders meet leaders.”
“The club holds regular luncheons with influential guest speakers and provides a forum for discussing economic issues that directly impact the business community,” said Dr. Michelle

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