There are many ways to create jobs, but there must be policies in place for current small businesses to grow. We need to create incentives and policies for entrepreneurs and other businesses to make Michigan their home to "hire Michigan first." Most importantly, we must protect our jobs by ensuring that they are not sent out of state. Our state is hurting desperately with many issues, but getting our people back to work is imperative, as it affects the family, local business, and the overall economic future of Michigan.
We must diversify our energy portfolio to create jobs and energy in Michigan, rather than sending our energy dollars out of state. With the number of Michigan's vacant plants and our proud manufacturing history, we can lead the nation in manufacturing solar panels and wind turbines that can be used across America and across the globe. Instead of 90% of our nation's wind turbines being manufactured overseas, there is no reason we cannot entice these companies to manufacture them in Michigan. The transformation of the old Ford Wixom Plant into an energy park/ development is an example of this change.
We could create a viable effective and efficient regional mass transit authority that would allow our communities more mobility, save money, create jobs, and build prosperity. Cooperative, responsible regional development will relieve traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, alleviate the need for more parking structures/lots, and reduce gas consumption. A mass transit system would attract businesses and industry to the entire region, therefore creating more jobs.