One Detroit, Detroit Public Television
Jan. 18, 2024
Michigan’s population is at a crossroads. Ranked 49th out of 50 states in terms of population growth, Michigan has been struggling to attract new people and retain its residents, and the implications for the state’s economy and prosperity could be dire. According to estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 43,000 people moved out of Michigan between 2020-2022.
At the 2024 Detroit Policy Conference, business leaders and policymakers convened to tackle Michigan’s shrinking population and discuss potential solutions. Former Ambassador John Rakolta Jr. and Shirley Stancato, Wayne State University Board of Governors Member, served as chairs of the conference, which hosted conversations around the future workforce, education, creating vibrant communities, and the city of Detroit’s efforts to attract new residents.
Rakolta and Stancato also led the bipartisan Growing Michigan Together Council, a coalition announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the 2023 Mackinac Policy Conference. The Council submitted its recommendations for enhancing Michigan’s appeal and vitality to the governor in December. One Detroit contributors Stephen Henderson, Nolan Finley and Zoe Clark hear from business and policy leaders in the region about attracting talent and businesses to Michigan.