michigan economy

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.”

Photo of money
Flickr - Keith Cooper

You might enjoy taking selfies, but how about a financial selfie? We talk to a Michigan financial professional who explains the four steps to organizing your finances.

Melissa Quon Huber and Elaine Womboldt photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

Southwest Lansing was recently awarded a grant to put toward projects that would better the neighborhoods in the area. We speak with the people behind Rejuvenating South Lansing.

Mert's Meats photo
Courtesy photo / Mert's Meats

Some Meridian Township residents and businesses are speaking out against a proposal to build a Bus Rapid Transit system extending to Okemos. We speak with two opponents of the BRT proposal.

Brian David Johnson photo
Courtesy Arizona State University Center for Science and the Imagination

Renowned futurist Brian David Johnson is in Michigan speaking to policymakers at the Mackinac Policy Conference. We talk with Johnson about futurecasting and how he feels about Michigan’s future.

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

A $133-million proposal would turn CATA’s Route 1 into a Bus Rapid Transit line. Current State talks with Deb Alexander, Assistant Executive Director of the Capital Area Transportation Authority.

Chris Sell and Eric Dimoff photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

Lansing has been experiencing population growth in recent years, but what are the reasons, and how can we do better and attract more talent? We explore these questions with Eric Dimoff, Director of Marketing and Communications at Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Chris Sell, founder of Lansing 5:01.

MSU Surplus Store bikes photo
Mark Bashore / WKAR

The cornucopia of stuff left at MSU after students leave for the summer includes  bikes, furniture, clothes, food and carpeting. We visit the MSU Surplus Store to assess the haul.

David Smith photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

An Australian man has come forward as the creator of the online currency Bitcoin. Current State talks with David Smith, the founder of Startup Grind Lansing and an avid proponent of Bitcoin, about the story and how Bitcoin is being used in Michigan.