company towns http://michiganradio.org en Michigan company towns: The mixed blessing of having a single major employer http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-company-towns-mixed-blessing-having-single-major-employer <p>When you hear the term “company town” you might think of DOW and Midland, Ford and Dearborn, Kellogg and Battle Creek, or Whirlpool and Benton Harbor. But too many cities in Michigan have realized just how dependent they are on a single industry when the major employer shuts its plant down - just think of GM and Flint, or the Ford plant in Monroe, or any other number of towns that have lost major employers during Michigan’s so-called lost decade.</p><p>Mid-sized and smaller towns have known for some time that they need to diversify the employment base, but that’s a job with a lot of obstacles.</p><p>George Erickcek, a senior regional analyst with the Upjohn&nbsp;Institute for Employment Research, and Richard Longworth, a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and author of the book “Caught in the Middle<i>:&nbsp;</i>America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism," joined us today.</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:35:17 +0000 Stateside Staff 13241 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan company towns: The mixed blessing of having a single major employer Stateside for Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-tuesday-june-25th-2013 <p>We continued our look at energy in Michigan on the show. Today, it's all about fracking. Horizontal hydraulic fracturing has led to an abundance of natural gas, but it is also raising a lot of concerns, both in the U.S. and Europe. We spoke with Andy Hoffman, Abrahm Lustgarten, and Russell Padmore about the risks.</p><p>And, you've heard of Benton Harbor and Whirlpool, Battle Creek and Kellogg - we explored "company towns" and what they mean for the Michigan economy.</p><p>First on the show, the Michigan Campaign Finance Network today released its 2012 Citizen’s Guide to Michigan Campaign Finance entitled “Descending into Dark Money.”</p><p>I’m sure you’ll be just shocked, shocked I tell you - to learn record amounts of money were spent with even less accountability for who was spending that money.&nbsp;</p><p>Rich Robinson with the Michigan Campaign Finance Network joined us in the studio today to discuss the issue.&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 21:30:49 +0000 Stateside Staff 13242 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 Road Trip: Orrville, more than a company town (Part 5) http://michiganradio.org/post/road-trip-orrville-more-company-town-part-5 <p>Our Changing Gears team has been on the road this week traveling to some of our company towns in the Midwest.</p><p><a href="http://www.changinggears.info/">Changing Gears</a> is a Michigan Radio project looking at the economic transformation of the industrial Midwest.</p><p>Our final stop is Orrville, Ohio: A place that seems like a company town, but there&rsquo;s long been a whole lot more going on in Orrville.</p> Fri, 29 Jul 2011 15:26:39 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 3527 at http://michiganradio.org Road Trip: Orrville, more than a company town (Part 5) Road Trip: Norwalk saves its company (Part 4) http://michiganradio.org/post/road-trip-norwalk-saves-its-company-part-4 <p>When a company bears the name of its hometown, it can be hard to separate the two. Such is the case with Norwalk Furniture and the town of Norwalk in Northern Ohio. Sue Lesch is the town&rsquo;s mayor.</p><p>&ldquo;It really is our flagship company,&rdquo; said Sue Lesch, Norwalk&rsquo;s mayor. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s the company we&rsquo;re proud of. We&rsquo;re known for furniture all over the country.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 28 Jul 2011 14:16:30 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 3503 at http://michiganradio.org Road Trip: Norwalk saves its company (Part 4) Ishpeming: Where iron ore built a city (Part 3 - with photos) http://michiganradio.org/post/ishpeming-where-iron-ore-built-city-part-3-photos <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-979540.mp3</p><p>Our <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/">Changing Gears</a> project is on the road, bringing you stories of towns where one company still affects everybody&rsquo;s lives. Today we head north, to Michigan&rsquo;s Upper Peninsula. That&rsquo;s where North America&rsquo;s biggest supplier of iron ore has been blasting the earth, and creating jobs, for more than 160 years.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 12:00:39 +0000 Kate Davidson 3502 at http://michiganradio.org Ishpeming: Where iron ore built a city (Part 3 - with photos) Road Trip: Decatur, The Heart of Illinois Agribusiness (Part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/road-trip-decatur-heart-illinois-agribusiness-part-2 <p><em>Our Changing Gears road trip continues. Yesterday, I was in <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2011/07/25/what-company-towns-look-like-today-kohler-wisconsin/" title="What company towns look like today: Kohler, Wisconsin">Kohler, Wisconsin</a>. Today, I went down state in Illinois to Decatur.</em></p><p>Driving south from Chicago, it only takes about 25 miles to hit the corn fields. For the next 150 miles to Decatur, it&rsquo;s a sea of yellow corn tassels, a head tall.</p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 12:40:54 +0000 Niala Boodhoo 3461 at http://michiganradio.org Road Trip: Decatur, The Heart of Illinois Agribusiness (Part 2) What company towns look like today: Kohler, Wisconsin (Part 1) http://michiganradio.org/post/what-company-towns-look-today-kohler-wisconsin-part-1 <p>From Pullman in Chicago to Firestone in Akron, these employers loomed large in everyone&#39;s daily lives.</p><p>But what does a &quot;company town&quot; look like today?</p><p>The <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/">Changing Gears</a> team hit the road to find out.</p><p>All this week, we&rsquo;re looking at how these places are coping with economic change.</p><p>For our first story, I visited the village of Kohler, Wisconsin. Mon, 25 Jul 2011 14:38:51 +0000 Niala Boodhoo 3449 at http://michiganradio.org What company towns look like today: Kohler, Wisconsin (Part 1)