Howes: Region’s ‘upward trajectory’ bucks new headwinds

December 4 – The Detroit News

Just when the region is showing signs of “sustaining its upward trajectory,” as the Detroit Regional Chamber terms it in its fifth annual “State of the Region” report, two of its automotive heavyweights are signaling tougher times may lie ahead. Contradictory? Not exactly, according to the report to be released. The region’s growth in real gross domestic product is outpacing the national rate, notching a 2.7-percent gain compared to 2.2 percent nationally.

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K-12 education in Michigan: ‘A losing team in a losing league’

December 4 – Crain’s Detroit

The metro Detroit region’s low unemployment rate, booming rate of construction permits and millennial population and per capita income growth beating national averages is not enough to gloss over the hard truth about an educational attainment rate trailing peer regions. The Detroit Regional Chamber’s State of the Region report offers yet another sobering assessment of where Southeast Michigan lags most — and it starts in the classrooms of K-12 schools and continues at the campuses of public and private colleges.

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Detroit Regional Chamber Reports Economy Continuing Upward Trajectory

December 4 – DBusiness

The Detroit region’s economy continued to improve during the past year in just about every measurable category, according to officials from the Detroit Regional Chamber at its annual Economic and Automotive Outlook today at Ford Field. The chamber reports year-over-year growth that outpaces the national average in real gross domestic product, per capita income, exports, patents, median home values, and residential construction permits.

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