In a conference designed to continue the development of VISTAs designated in Michigan, what resulted was a strong discussion on how to make Michigan a legitimate economic, education, and political force in the United States.
The topic that keep arising continuously in my groups discussion: the fact that Michigan needs to be an economic force again before it can improve the other facets that involve quality of life in the region. One of the great struggles as we all know is keeping the young population of college graduates from moving out of state (Chicago is the largest thief). Everything here is cyclical: We need to bring in new industry to support the graduates and we need the new graduates to stay to support and create the industry.
An idea surfaced of creating more VISTAs that focus on serving microenterprises and staff organizations that specialize on economic development. I think it would be beneficial to look into the ways in which we can push the maximum amount of resources into ingniting an economy: It seems that VISTAs would be a very efficient way of doing it.