Economic Impact of Beer Tourism in Kent County, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan is home to nearly 40 popular breweries. The first and most well-known is Founders Brewing Company, which was established in 1997. Over the next decade and a half, a number of breweries opened, and the city was voted Beer City USA in 2012 and 2013. In 2016 and 2017, USA Today readers […]

January: Cristina Benton’s monthly commentary on the employment report

In the latest employment report, the unemployment rate ticked upward 0.1 percentage points to 4.0 percent in January. Despite the 35-day government shutdown, most federal employees were counted as employed during the period due to receiving pay during the January 12th survey week. The Latino unemployment rate edged up to 4.9 percent in January, while […]

Anderson Economic Group Michigan Craft Beer Analysis

The experts at Anderson Economic Group have prepared an analysis on the craft beer industry in Michigan, including interactive visualizations. The analysis shows the explosive growth of the craft beer industry in Michigan over the past four years, where the production hot spots are, and sales for each brewery over a four-year time period.  “As […]

The Economic Benefits of the Grand River Waterway

 

October: Cristina Benton’s monthly commentary on the employment report

 

July: Cristina Benton’s monthly commentary on the employment report

 

Revenue at Risk for Automotive Dealerships: The Growing Use of Manufacturer Incentive Programs

 

Revenue at Risk for Automotive Dealers

2018 Revenue at Risk Report Manufacturer incentive programs have become increasingly controversial – the  programs are overlapping, complex, and subject to confidentiality provisions. Therefore, the general public, lawmakers, and even some dealers are uncertain about their full extent. Over at least the past six years, dealerships’ gross and operating margins have been on the decline. […]

May: Cristina Benton’s monthly commentary on the employment report

 

March: Cristina Benton’s monthly commentary on the employment report