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Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems;
This report is the first in a series summarizing a 2019 workforce assessment of Michigan's local and regional food system. The local and regional food system can be defined in a number of ways. For the purposes of this study, the local and regional food systems encompass organizations that produce, process, or distribute food from Michigan that is available to Michigan consumers, and/or organizations that support this system.The research included: a scan of Michigan's food system jobs: where we collected and analyzed secondary labormarket data to identify local and regional food systems employment; demand; projected growth; median wages; and worker demographics, an employer's perspective of Michigan's local and regional food system workforce, and a scan of education and training opportunities in Michigan's local and regional food system: an inventory of education and training programs for local and regional food system jobs.
Michigan State University Center for Regional Food Systems;
The U.S. food system has created and been shaped by racial injustices since its inception. The ways in which racial injustice is made manifest through our food system are sometimes quite clear and other times murky at best. Data is a powerful tool that can either illuminate or obstruct the reality of injustice. Disaggregating data by race can shed light on systemic oppression.This report identifies metrics related to racial equity in the food system that are either in use by organizations currently or have been recommended, whether in a publication or through an interview. By documenting the current landscape in this area, this report provides a foundation for the Michigan Good Food Charter Shared Measurement Advisory Committee to consider and select a set of metrics that can be used at state (Michigan) and local levels to track progress towards an equitable food system.The metrics in this report can also provide a foundation for other interested organizations to track progress. To identify metrics presented in this spreadsheet, over 100 sources were scanned from reports and peer-reviewed literature touching on race or ethnicity and the food system. Duplicate metrics found in multiple sources were included only once. Personal communication (either interviews or emails) with about a dozen food system experts added several additional suggested metrics and insight on the structure of the list.
Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan;
Children need stability to thrive, but for the more than 36,000 children in Michigan's elementary, middle and high schools who face homelessness, stability is often elusive. Under federal education law all children and youth who "lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence" are homeless. These children not only lack a stable place to call home, they are more likely to transfer schools, have long commutes, struggle with poor health, and be chronically absent than their non-homeless peers. All of these daily challenges place homeless students at a greater risk for not meeting grade-level standards and for dropping out of school. Recent research in the State of Michigan has shown homelessness among children to be a key factor predicting student achievement in both rural and urban areas, yet little attention has been given, thus far, to understanding where homeless students in Michigan attend school and how their needs might differ depending on their geographic location. This policy brief seeks to fill that gap so that policymakers and local stakeholders can begin to think about the impact of homelessness in their area and to identify resources to support some of the State's most vulnerable children. Data for this brief comes from school year 2015-16 administrative records collected by every school under the mandate of the Federal McKinney-Vento Act, a law which guarantees homeless student's right to an education.
Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit;
In cities across the country, communities and real estate developers have shown a willingness to communicate, negotiate, and achieve more equitable outcomes for vulnerable populations. Here in Detroit, we have even memorialized these ideals in a first-of-its-kind Community Benefits Ordinance (CBO). Yet, community benefits are still often hamstrung in cities like Detroit because of limited or last-minute coordination with the rest of the development process.The following report considers, first, the admissibility of community benefits in the legal context of Michigan. It then explores various Community Benefits Agreements (CBAs) across the country - examples are drawn from Milwaukee, Atlanta, and New Rochelle - including their adoption and enforcement mechanisms, in order to propose new approaches to community benefits in Detroit. Our aim is to propose ways to move the community benefits process earlier in the chain of development, so that community members are assured a piece of the economic pie, and developers are assured a building process without unexpected hiccups. The hope is that by institutionalizing the expectation of community benefits through a variety of avenues, a larger swath of developments across the city will be included in the process, rather than only the largest and most expensive.The report concludes by describing several cross-cutting approaches that are applicable to many different CBA scenarios and can be dovetailed with the potential insertion points found throughout the document. Taken together, these measures can evolve Detroit's burgeoning community benefits movement and ensure an effective way for communities to advocate their preferences and encourage Detroit to be a more prosperous and equitable city in the future.
Center for American Progress;
This report examines how the pernicious problem of partisan gerrymandering stymies efforts toward sensible reforms in several states—including North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Virginia—despite strong public support for gun safety measures. These states provide some of the most extreme examples of gerrymandering: Even though Democrats won a majority of the statewide votes, control of the state legislatures remained with Republicans who, for the most part, have refused to allow meaningful debate on any commonsense gun safety measures. In each of these states, it is likely that, in the absence of partisan gerrymandering, the legislature would have enacted measures to strengthen gun laws—measures that could have saved lives.The report also puts forward a policy solution: States should require independent commissions to draw voter-determined districts based on statewide voter preferences. Implementing this policy would end partisan gerrymandering and increase representation for communities that have too often been shut out of the political system and also suffer the most from the lack of sensible gun safety legislation
Doing Development Differently in Metro Detroit;
Detroit's history of population decline since the 1950s is well documented and generally understood—at least in terms of raw numbers. But, getting a handle on the city's economy and job base at any point in time is less clear. People left Detroit over the last 60 years. But so too did commercial activity. And jobs. Population loss is a more straightforward analysis: it only goes one direction. Economic activity is more dynamic: workers commute in multiple directions, often back and forth across city boundaries every day. As businesses large and small, manufacturing centers, and institutions shifted outside the city, more resources and more jobs were pulled out. Where does Detroit stand from a jobs perspective today?
Violence Policy Center;
This report offers select data on lethal gun violence in states located in the Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin) drawn from Violence Policy Center (VPC) publications issued in 2018 as well as additional research. Types of gun death detailed in this report are: overall gun death (suicides, homicides, and unintentional deaths); homicide; suicide; black homicide victimization; females killed by males; and, examples of non-self defense killings involving concealed handgun permit holders (for the years 2016, 2017, and 2018)
The Battle Creek Small Business Loan Fund;
This snapshot of the Battle Creek Small Business Loan Fund, describes the partners who came together to make this happen, how individuals and organizations can contribute, as well as how entrepreneurs and small businesses in Battle Creek can access the fund which is managed by Northern Initiatives.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation;
Explore seven grantee stories, letters from our leaders and a look at our Year in Review – each reaffirming WKKF priorities of thriving children, working families and equitable communities, while highlighting the many levels of dynamic interconnections, essential to lasting change.
Robina Institute of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice;
Michigan has sentencing guidelines that were drafted by a now defunct Sentencing Guidelines Commission, which operated from 1998-2002. These guidelines help to regulate the state's indeterminate sentencing system, and have recently been revised to reflect state and federal constitutional law and new legislation. In 2015, legislation forming the Michigan Justice Policy Commission was enacted to drive future criminal justice reforms. Michigan has had some form of discretionary release since 1885, when an Advisory Board existed to assist the governor in determining whether or not to grant "conditional licenses to go at large." The attributes of the paroling authority have changed greatly over the years; the current 10-member Board structure has been in place since 2011.
This report is a clarion call from two Michigan economic development organizations to recognize and support the significant contributions that immigrants are making to the revival of the Michigan economy. The authors are concerned that the gains that the state has made in creating an immigrant-friendly environment are being undermined by policies of the Trump Administration. Although immigrants constitute only 6 percent of the state's population, they punch above their weight on many indices of economic activity, including being 25 percent of the state's high-tech start-ups and running firms that employ over 150,000 other people. Immigrants have also brought an infusion of talent and labor to offset the decline in the native-born population over the last 15 years. The authors summarize the many initiatives the state has taken with the support of state, municipal, and industry leaders to promote the state as an immigrant-friendly destination, including the creation of the Michigan Office of New Americans by Republican Governor Rick Snyder. However, policies of the Trump Administration, such as the scaling back of H-1B visas, the travel ban affecting predominantly Muslim countries, and reductions in refugee admissions, threaten to reverse these gains.
National Fund for Workforce Solutions;
The Mercy Health, West Michigan case study is the second in CareerSTAT's business practice series on how healthcare employers measure the impact of their investments on frontline workers. This study documents Mercy Health's approach to workforce development and program measurement with a focus on how strategic goals, workforce needs, and programatic tools influence decision making and investment goals.