With GM's struggles and plant closings shaking the foundations of what modern Michigan has been built upon, what can take the industry's place?
How about the Motown Motion Picture Studio, housed in a former GM truck plant? Using aggressive incentives, Michigan drew 25 film crews to their state last year--including Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino). Still, a movie studio might equal 3,000 jobs; over 800,000 have been lost in the state since 2000.
They are also courting wind-power, building railroad cars--any industry that could help employ the engineers who have been laid off and can't find similar work.
The state has instituted at 2 year "No Worker Left Behind" free college program--and the colleges are jammed with former autoworkers looking to retrain.
Still, this is the heart of automotive engineering and innovation. There is a concentration of talent--how can Michigan harness these men and women? Imagine what it would look like if a start-up that really changed the game for the auto industry came along. Your thoughts?