michigan economy

Wayne Sieloff photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

There’s a new CEO at Lansing’s Capital Region International Airport. We talk with Wayne Sieloff about his plans.


Mike Kark photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR

A group working with Lansing’s homeless population is moving from a southside hotel to a new facility in Lansing Township. Current State's Scott Pohl talks with Mike Karl of the Homeless Angels about the move and what it means to people seeking shelter in the area.


Barn photo
WKAR File Photo

The Michigan Farm Bureau is busy planning its  priorities for 2017. We talk with the bureau’s policy development chair, Andy Hagenow.


Capital Comeback photo
Katie Cook / WKAR

The Capital Area IT Council and Capital Area Michigan Works are hosting a networking event for Michiganders returning for the Thanksgiving holiday. The event is called “Capital Comeback." We talk with an organizer and with a Michigander who moved away from the region and then moved back.


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.


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.


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
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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.


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