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Choosing a Future - Grand Haven Michigan

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Choosing a Future - Grand Haven Michigan

  1. 1. Choosing a Future Presented by Dean Whittaker
  2. 2. The Past The Future =
  3. 3. Linear Thinking in a Cyclical World Reality Gap
  4. 4. The Future = Choices Made in the Present
  5. 5. Two Kinds of Choices <ul><li>Conscious choices </li></ul><ul><li>Unconscious choices </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Role of Government <ul><li>Government determines what takes place where and for whose benefit </li></ul>
  7. 7. Economic Development <ul><li>What is it? </li></ul><ul><li>Why should I care? </li></ul><ul><li>What’s in it for me? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Economic Development – Creating Wealth by Making the Pie Bigger
  9. 9. Boundaries <ul><li>Political </li></ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul><ul><li>Social </li></ul>
  10. 10. Not in My Backyard?
  11. 11. What is the Purpose of a City? <ul><li>Remove the spaces between people and between businesses </li></ul><ul><li>Foster a sense of community </li></ul><ul><li>Shared services </li></ul><ul><li>Protection </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Thinking Regional?
  13. 13. Protecting the Water?
  14. 14. Trading Partners?
  15. 15. Work moves – workers, jobs and facilities stay put! Electrolux – Greenville, Michigan
  16. 16. Is the World Really Flat?
  17. 17. Product Life Cycle vs Transit Time
  18. 18. Call Center Mumbai, India
  19. 19. Call Center Under Construction – (one of fourteen) in Mumbai, India
  20. 20. Who is doing the work?
  21. 22. The Changing Nature of Work <ul><li>Work moves, workers stay put. </li></ul><ul><li>Work becomes disassociated from place. </li></ul><ul><li>Work is done collaboratively and globally. </li></ul>
  22. 23. What Determines Where Work Gets Sourced? <ul><li>Fungible vs non-fungible </li></ul><ul><li>Talent Pools </li></ul><ul><li>Time Factor </li></ul><ul><li>Scalable </li></ul><ul><li>Access to Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Cost </li></ul>
  23. 24. Attracting and Keeping Talent <ul><li>“ The Rise of the Creative Class” by Richard Florida </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Talent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tolerance - diversity </li></ul></ul>
  24. 25. Economic Development in a Post Industrial Age <ul><li>New Factors of Production </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networking </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Old Factors of Production </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Land </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Labor </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Capital </li></ul></ul>
  25. 26. Who’s doing the work? <ul><li>Microbes as factory works </li></ul><ul><li>The Goat chemical factory </li></ul><ul><li>Lights-out third shift factories </li></ul><ul><li>Labor as a variable cost </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Shifting risk to worker </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shifting career management to worker </li></ul></ul>
  26. 27. Grand Haven Surprises <ul><li>Locked Rest Rooms </li></ul><ul><li>Large number of small manufacturers </li></ul><ul><li>Poor condition of streets </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of Moderate Income Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Large number of high end housing under construction, mostly condos </li></ul>
  27. 28. Ferrysburg Surprised <ul><li>Significant higher income level than GH </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of a core downtown </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmented nature – split by Rt. 31 </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation of dunes and lakeshore </li></ul>
  28. 29. Spring Lake Surprised <ul><li>Emphasis on history </li></ul><ul><li>Active commercial development </li></ul><ul><li>Re-development of Industrial Property </li></ul><ul><li>Attractive Library – Library Police Sign </li></ul>
  29. 30. What does it take to be a player in a global market? <ul><li>Knowledge /skills/talent </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to connect/ communicate </li></ul><ul><li>Ability to create/ innovate new ideas, products and services </li></ul>
  30. 32. On Choosing a Future… <ul><li>If not you, who? </li></ul><ul><li>If not now, when? </li></ul>
  31. 34. Thank You!
  32. 35. Contact Information <ul><li>Dean Whittaker </li></ul><ul><li>44 E. 8 th Street, Suite 420 </li></ul><ul><li>Holland, MI 49423 </li></ul><ul><li>616-396-4500 </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>www.whittakerassociates.com </li></ul>

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