Mary Ellen Kuhn

Michigan is the nation's third-largest grower of apples.
Start a discussion on the topic of Michigan’s economy, and the first things that spring to mind are not necessarily positive. The state has many economic challenges—unemployment, a declining population, and high labor costs. In a December 2012 Forbes magazine ranking of “Best States for Business and Careers,” Michigan was near the bottom of the list.

But Michigan has been working hard over the course of the past several years to create an environment that is more busines…

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