In August, we kicked off our listening tour in Escanaba and have since made our way to dozens of events all across the state gathering feedback on what makes Michigan a great place to call home.
Led by Michigan’s Chief Growth Officer Hilary Doe, the listening tour has made stops at community events, regional forums, college move-in days, county fairs and more. We’ve received tons of great feedback so far and we’re looking forward to capturing even more vibrant and growth-oriented ideas in the coming months.
To date, the team has attended over 30 community events, visited 9 out of 15 public colleges and engaged over 2,500 individuals. Critical feedback from community members of all ages and backgrounds is incorporated into the Council’s work to help grow the population.
Here is a glimpse of what we’ve been up to lately.
Many events on the listening tour focus on collecting feedback from young people at universities, colleges and community colleges. We joined Western Michigan University for Bronco Bash where we met with students excited about Michigan’s future and their role in growing it.
We also hosted a listening session to collect input from students at Grand Valley State University to find out what the deciding factors are when determining where to live or work after college. Gov. Whitmer made a special appearance to remind the Lakers that their voice matters and their feedback will be incorporated into the Council’s work to help grow the population.
Michigan’s Chief Growth Officer Hilary Doe moderated a panel during Michigan Tech Week featuring Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Ann Arbor Mayor Chris Taylor. Their conversation touched on what each mayor is doing to build a smarter city and how they’re working to make Michigan a more welcoming place for innovators.