Economy

window within a door
Courtesy of Jack Bergstrom

Habitat for Humanity for the Capital Region has enlisted local artists to decorate doors for a fundraiser this week. We talk with event organizer Ben Rathbun and artist Jack Bergeron about the Door Jam.


Lansing Art Gallery holiday display photo
Jamie Paisley / WKAR

We talk with Barb Whitney of the Lansing Art Gallery about making works by local artists available during the holiday shopping season.


shopping cart food photo
Waldo Jaquith / flickr creative commons

It’s November already, and many of us are starting to think about Thanksgiving. It’s also the time of year when people think about donating to local food banks. One of mid-Michigan’s largest operations is trying new ways of targeting food to those most in need. We talk with Joe Wald of the Greater Lansing Food Bank.


I-T insider: Lansing area has lots of jobs

Nov 2, 2016
Andrea Ragan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Information Technology insiders say the Lansing area has hundreds of IT jobs that need filling. Current State talks about careers in IT with Andrea Ragan of the Capital Area IT Council.


Tony Minghine photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For months,  the Michigan Municipal League has been saying the state needs to reverse billions of dollars of cuts to revenue sharing to avoid a “perfect storm” for cities and other local governments. It claims the state’s model for funding local governments is broken. We find out from the MML’s Tony Minghine.


CATA Bus Rapid Transit image
Courtesy image / Capital Area Transportation Authority

The proposal to create a Bus Rapid Transit system between the Capitol and Meridian Township continues to be revised. We talk with CATA’s assistant executive director Debbie Alexander about what’s next.


Collette blasts BRT, suggests CATA audit

Oct 6, 2016
CATA Bus Photo
David Shane / Flickr Creative Commons

Ingham County Circuit Judge Bill Collette is a Haslett resident who’s also a member of the group Stop CATA’s BRT. We ask Collette about the agency’s new, alternative Bus Rapid Transit Plans and why he’s recommending an audit of CATA and the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission.


Uber phone app photo
freestocks.org / flickr creative commons

A prominent Detroit journalist explains the impact he thinks ride-sharing and self-driving cars could have on Michigan’s auto industry. We talk with Daniel Howes of the Detroit News.


Celeste Saltzman and Jim Hallan photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Supporting Michigan businesses is a great way to show pride in our state, and it’s a great way to boost the local economy too. The “Buy Nearby” campaign is kicking off soon, and we talk about it with Jim Hallan, the CEO of the Michigan Retailers Association, and local business owner Celeste Saltzman.


MSU sets fiscal year fundraising record

Sep 20, 2016
WKAR File Photo

Current State talks with MSU's vice president for university advancement, Bob Groves, about raising money for a Big Ten Conference school.


Pat and Scott Gillespie
Scott Pohl / WKAR

For years, siblings who grew up on Lansing’s east side have played a leading role in development in the area. We talk with Pat and Scott Gillespie about the current development climate.


CATA bus photo
David Shane / flickr creative commons

The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce has announced its opposition to the Capital Area Transportation Authority’s Bus Rapid Transit plan. We talk with Tim Daman and Joe Ford from the Chamber about why they disapprove of the BRT.


Justin Mendoza photo
Courtesy photo / Quicken Loans

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is working with employers and other organizations, including some that often compete with each other, to help veterans find jobs. We talk with David Dunckel, an employment analyst with the MVAA, and Justin Mendoza of Quicken Loans about the Why Michigan? Talent Attraction Team.


Snyder ribbon cutting ceremony photo
Courtesy photo / Global Detroit

A new report examines the economic impact being made by the more than 640,000 immigrants who call Michigan home. We learn more from Michigan Office for New Americans deputy director Karen Phillippi.


Erin Caudell photo
Kevin Lavery / WKAR

The food truck phenomenon in America is often seen as a novelty, literally a vehicle to offer specialty cuisine or as a mobile culinary classroom, but a new truck getting ready to roll in Flint is at the heart of a much more basic mission. Current State’s Kevin Lavery reports on the impending debut of “Flint Fresh.”


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