Jennifer Granholm was the two-term governor of Michigan, a state synonymous with manufacturing during a financial crisis that threatened to put all America’s major car companies into bankruptcy. The immediate and knock-on effects were catastrophic. Granholm’s grand plans for education reform, economic revitalization, clean energy, and infrastructure development were blitzed by a perfect economic storm.
Granholm was a determined and undefeated governor, who enjoyed close access to the White House at critical moments (Granholm stood in for Sarah Palin during Joe Biden’s debate preparation), and her account offers a front row seat on the effects of the crisis. Ultimately, her story is a model of hope. She hauls Michigan towards unprecedented private-public partnerships, forged in the chaos of financial freefall, built on new technologies that promise to revolutionize not only the century-old auto industry but Michigan’s entire manufacturing base. They offer the potential for a remarkable recovery not just for her state, but for American industry nationwide.
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As a sometimes resident of Michigan, I feel obligated to read and review this.
Granholm's tenure as Governor has not been without controversy. The state was in economic free-fall, even before the Great Recession. The dependence on manufacturing, incompetent corporate management, and problems with infrastructure, education, health, and general welfare set up the state for a long ugly spell.
Yet somehow, the governor persevered, taking long foreign trips to court new investors for the state, making some strides in STEM fields, working together with the university system, and green energy manufacturing plants. I will not pretend to say that the state is now prosperous, but it is likely that the worst is over.
Of course, whether Governor Snyder can maintain that fragile growth is another story entirely. His 'emergency financial management' and far-rightist social policies are worrying, and there is talk of many young professionals fleeing the state as soon as the next paycheck arrives.
3.5 stars. Governor Granholm inherited a mess, but at least did her best to make something out of it.read more
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