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Ranking Michigan’s Economic Competitiveness

Northwood University’s McNair Center for the Advancement of Free-Enterprise and Entrepreneurship recently completed the sixth version of the annual Economic Competitiveness Study for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. The future of our state looks bright, as the report shows Michigan continues its upward climb. The study compares all aspects of Michigan’s economy against the other 49 states using Northwood’s proprietary State Competitiveness Index. The first study, conducted in 2012, ranked Michigan No. 47 based on data from 1998 to 2012. Michigan has climbed to No. 21 in this year’s study, however. Since the end of 2009, Michigan ranks as the ninth most competitive economy in the country. You can read more about the study in the Detroit News by clicking here.

This study offers the most detailed and honest assessment of our state’s economy, and there is no better place to conduct this critical research than here at Northwood’s McNair Center. Led by Dr. Tim Nash, the student McNair scholars and faculty members in our unique think-tank are focused on the expansion of free-market economics and the creation and cultivation of entrepreneurs.

This research is behind the production of people and information that will defend, enhance and advance the economics and culture of a free and moral society. I look forward to sharing more great news from Northwood University’s McNair Center for the Advancement of Free-Enterprise and Entrepreneurship.

Have a great weekend!


Keith A. Pretty, J.D. President and CEO Northwood University 4000 Whiting Drive Midland, MI 48640 989.837.4203

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