Because a majority of us were students, when we designed a group intended to promote entrepreneurship, infrastructural enhancement, and economic development, many people assumed that our ultimate goal was “to find a way to stop the ‘brain drain’” that Michigan so readily experiences. People felt that we, some of the state’s bright, young talent, were out to find a way to keep people like us from ever leaving Michigan (because that might improve the economy).To me this idea is absolutely ludicrous. Why create a population that hasn’t shared any knowledge capital with the outside world? Surely Michigan doesn’t already naturally contain the world’s most brilliant scientists, teachers, engineers, economists, and doctors.
Until Michigan understands the perspective of this economics graduate student, the state will continue to suffer through hard times.