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Soji Adelaja leads MSU’s Land Policy Institute.

He tells Kirk Heinze about the difference between strategic growth and smart growth.

“We know a lot more now about how the economy functions today,” says Adelaja.  “More and more people move around and those with the most mobility tend to be the knowledge workers.  The economy goes where these workers go.

“Strategic growth is really about positioning yourself to attract these knowledge workers.”

Adelaja says that Detroit is important to the state’s growth into the new economy and that it’s difficult to find a successful state that doesn’t also have one large and successful city.

Detroit and Michigan have to work together to make sure that Detroit puts its best foot forward to serve the state,” Adelaja says.  “Detroit has incredible assets ranging from being the city with the largest potential in the country for open space because of all the vacant land to being situated on the Great Lakes.”

Economic growth and environmental sustainability can go hand in hand, according to Adelaja.

“We used to choose the economy over the environment,” Adelaja says.  “A lot of things we used to think of as being in the way of the production economy are now things you really have to do to advance.

“People want places that are sustainable, functional and green.  While those things may not necessarily produce jobs directly, they attract people who produce jobs.”

Click on the arrow above to hear Adelaja’s October 22 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk HeinzeGreening of the Great Lakes airs Friday evenings at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.

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