Michigan cannot survive just on the automotive industry and we are already seeing the repercussions of that. While most Michiganders willingly agree with this statement, there are others still stubborn and stuck in the golden age of Michigan that has since disappeared.
Detroit’s Big Three had a relatively rough time at the advent of the Recession, asking for two government bail-outs. However, since 2008, Detroit’s Big Three have stabilized their revenue and are keeping their promise of using hybrid cars at their forefront to replace gas expensive vehicles. Cars such as the Ford Fusion have been a success and now the Chevrolet Volt is being touted as the prodigal child for green cars. While the automotive industry seems positive about their bottom line, what about their employees?
Vital jobs that kept Michigan booming have been out-sourced, factories have been closed and the Motor City has fallen into obscurity because of it. Contrary to popular belief, there is room for several other industries other than making cars. Making those industries noticed, however, is a huge step in itself.
So, what exactly can Michigan enterprise on other than vehicles? Another industry is film. Hollywood has been given big tax breaks by filming in Michigan, and because of this, studios have been moving in to do business. Movies have been filmed locally, bringing in revenue for Michigan and creating jobs. Even the small screen has infiltrated Detroit to film the police drama Detroit 1-8-7 while film programs have started to flourish at local colleges.
Another industry on the rise is alternative energy. There is very little of it seen in Michigan, despite ranking third in the country to lead in alternative energy. More can be certainly done in order to expand to all sorts of branches of renewable energy; whether it’s solar, wind or nuclear energy.
One thing that can be admired about Metro Detroit are all of the small businesses and how they are taking charge with the local economy. Though the job market might be bleak, these businesses are another source of new industry for Michigan. There is, also, the prospect of technology. States such as California and Texas have been in the lead for years with their finger on the pulse of new technology being developed.
Film, alternative energy, technology. These are all booming markets with a promise of a future and rather than placing all of our eggs in one basket, why not expand into all of these multiple industries? Detroit, unfortunately, is a great example of what can happen if only one industry is depended upon. As is Flint, Lansing and other major cities in Michigan. Let’s not repeat history.
However, it will be a long journey before any progress can be physically seen. Right now, it is only in written word or talked about, but, if Michigan isn’t afraid to roll up their sleeves and get to work, things can be done that will bring back jobs and financial stability.
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