A friend and former Kalamazoo College classmate of mine, Sean Mann, has started a campaign. He is trying to mobilize the people of Michigan to save the state from the economic downturn that the whole world suffered. In order to kick-start this movement he has started the web site www.letssavemichigan.com
The website offers a pledge to its visitors that states they will frequent the "main street" of their town in order to support local businesses. The philosophy is that this will in turn boost the economy of the entire state and make it a more desirable place to live so that more people and businesses will want to be here. If more businesses want to be here they will bring more jobs that can help chip away at Michigan's historically high unemployment rate. Simple enough.
Lets Save Michigan also includes posts that review current issues that different communities in Michigan are facing, including many ways to improve Michigan's largest city, Detroit. Recent posts include one on the metro/light rail train issue in Michigan as well as one on the popularity of winter festivals in other large cities and how Michigan might benefit from hosting some. On each page there are "fun facts" about Michigan. Starting today (1/27) Sean Mann will be on the radio at 760 AM WJR for a segment discussing the Let's Save Michigan campaign.
The overall theme is that WE have to do something to make a change for a better Michigan. We cannot wait for a bailout from "big brother." Personally, I am in favor of this idea. My family has just bought a home in Ferndale and we will probably be here for a while. Let's work together to make Michigan great again... Let's Save Michigan!