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There’s No Place Like Detroit: Education Is Key To Michigan’s Ignition

George W. Bush once said, “Think about every problem, every challenge we face. The solution to each starts with education.” That is certainly true in Detroit… Michigan… and the United States.

Education helps us turn away bitterness, misconceptions and anger at our differences.

Education helps us understand the world around us and gives us perspective.

Education develops a generation of responsible individuals who understand proper conduct.

Education drives economic development.

Education turns into jobs and the more education, the higher the salary.

Not to mention, continual lifetime learning does all of the above.

So when I read the Education and Talent Michigan Scorecard the Center for Michigan just put out that compared Michigan to the other 49 states it gave me great pause. Here’s why.

We are 42nd in the nation in 4th grade math and 37th in 8th grade math. We are 36th in 4th grade reading and 29th in 8th grade reading. We are 28th in 4th grade science and 18th in 8th grade science.

We are 25th in expenditures per pupil and 37th in college completion. We are 45th in college affordability and 39th in higher education investment.

As a result we are 35th in per capita income, our unemployment rate is ranked poor at 8.7 percent, and we are ranked 14th in violent crime.

In Detroit, the high school graduation rate is 64.7 percent and the dropout rate is nearly 29 percent, according to studies by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy and Excellent Schools Detroit.

We aren’t faring much better on the national front, where the U.S. education system has lost competitive ground internationally. Our nation has slipped 10 spots in both high school and college graduation rates over the past three decades, according to a new report and scorecard from the Council on Foreign Relations’ Renewing America initiative, which examines the domestic foundations of U.S. power.

So what does that mean to all of us? To the business community it means we are slowly losing our ability to innovate and be competitive globally. To the nation it means our national security and economic development are further threatened if we can’t compete with other nations and set a positive example.

“It is an economist’s rule that an increase of one year in a country’s average schooling level corresponds to an increase of 3 to 4 percent in long term economic growth,” the study says.

Innovation is what drives a societal change and what will change the world. If the U.S. is not at the forefront we will be left behind, and so will its businesses. Business, government and the educational community must come together to
develop a new, robust learning model that truly reinvents education throughout our nation.

As John F. Kennedy said, “Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.”

We simply must instill a passion for education and continual learning that taps that human mind in our city, our state and our nation if we expect to compete.

WWJ Newsradio 950–09/17/2013

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There’s No Place Like Detroit: Let’s Lose The Rhetoric, Focus On Future

The election this November is one of the most important elections we have ever had in our city. Who we choose for mayor and for city council will set the tone for where we go from here. So, those running need to lose the rhetoric about the bankruptcy and the emergency manager and concentrate their campaigns on Detroit’s future.

What is the plan to keep our city’s transformation alive during and after the bankruptcy and Kevyn Orr is gone? What’s the new business model for Detroit? What’s the new social model for Detroit? How will you work with the business community to create and deliver those new models? How will you work with the neighborhoods to create and deliver those new businesses and social models? How will you work with law enforcement to ensure our city is safe and secure?

To earn their seats these candidates must offer solutions … solutions followed by quick actions. They must be committed to collaboration with the region, the neighborhoods and the business community. Businesses in Detroit are committed to its transformation. They must know city government is committed to working with them. We won’t always agree on the solutions but we all must be at the table.

One of the major solutions that must be found quickly is for safety and security. Our new police chief James Craig is quickly taking steps to do just that. First he’s clearing up some major problems with how Detroit’s numbers are reported. Those numbers have been splashed over front pages everywhere.

Reports say it takes an average of 58 minutes for officers to respond to life-threatening emergencies and that homicide investigators solve only 11 percent of the city’s murders. The numbers are flawed. Response time has been counted from the time the 911 call is placed. Most other law enforcement agencies start the clock after the 911 operator assigns the call to an officer since dispatchers can spend several minutes getting the information from the caller.

The Chief changed that. Now the clock starts when the dispatcher assigns the run to an officer.

In addition, many non-life-threatening calls such as break-ins, burglar alarms and other crimes with no immediate life-threatening danger were classified as emergencies. According to the Chief, half of all calls were classified as emergencies. A close examination of real “life-threatening emergency” calls showed it took officers an average of 15 minutes to respond. The Chief wants that to drop to 7-8 minutes.

As far as homicides go, the Chief says the department has closed about 35 percent of the cases. That’s not great and a lot of work has to be done, but it’s not 11 percent.

I don’t know about you but I’m very tired of having Detroit, its inability to collaborate and its police force bashed in the national and international media and used as a punch line on late night TV. Let’s get the right numbers out there and let’s show the world Detroit knows how to collaborate.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/23/2013

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In The Spotlight: S3’s Cindy Pasky With ‘There’s No Place Like Detroit’

The election this November is one of the most important elections we have ever had in our city. Who we choose for mayor and for city council will set the tone for where we go from here. So, those running need to lose the rhetoric about the bankruptcy and the emergency manager and concentrate their campaigns on Detroit’s future.

What is the plan to keep our city’s transformation alive during and after the bankruptcy and Kevyn Orr is gone? What’s the new business model for Detroit? What’s the new social model for Detroit? How will you work with the business community to create and deliver those new models? How will you work with the neighborhoods to create and deliver those new businesses and social models? How will you work with law enforcement to ensure our city is safe and secure?

To earn their seats these candidates must offer solutions … solutions followed by quick actions. They must be committed to collaboration with the region, the neighborhoods and the business community. Businesses in Detroit are committed to its transformation. They must know city government is committed to working with them. We won’t always agree on the solutions but we all must be at the table.

One of the major solutions that must be found quickly is for safety and security. Our new police chief James Craig is quickly taking steps to do just that. First he’s clearing up some major problemswith how Detroit’s numbers are reported. Those numbers have been splashed over front pages everywhere.

Reports say it takes an average of 58 minutes for officers to respond to life-threatening emergencies and that homicide investigators solve only 11 percent of the city’s murders. The numbers are flawed. Response time has been counted from the time the 911 call is placed. Most other law enforcement agencies start the clock after the 911 operator assigns the call to an officer since dispatchers can spend several minutes getting the information from the caller.

The Chief changed that. Now the clock starts when the dispatcher assigns the run to an officer.

In addition, many non-life-threatening calls such as break-ins, burglar alarms and other crimes with no immediate life-threatening danger were classified as emergencies. According to the Chief, half of all calls were classified as emergencies. A close examination of real “life-threatening emergency” calls showed it took officers an average of 15 minutes to respond. The Chief wants that to drop to 7-8 minutes.

As far as homicides go, the Chief says the department has closed about 35 percent of the cases. That’s not great and a lot of work has to be done, but it’s not 11 percent.

I don’t know about you but I’m very tired of having Detroit, its inability to collaborate and its police force bashed in the national and international media and used as a punch line on late night TV. Let’s get the right numbers out there and let’s show the world Detroit knows how to collaborate.

WWJ Newsradio 950–08/20/2013

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There’s No Place Like Detroit – July 2013 Edition

OK Detroit, there is no reason to look to an outside cavalry for aid as we face the challenges of bankruptcy. We can get through it successfully ourselves. Once we do. we will have better city services and a functioning city that is clean, safe and inviting.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/24/2013

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Strategic Staffing Solutions Opens Office in Latvia

Strategic Staffing Solutions, a global IT and business services company, said Monday that it has opened an office in Riga, Latvia, to service its customers in the region and expand its growth in Europe.

WWJ Newsradio 950–07/22/2013

(Credit: CBS 62)

Michigan Matters: Pancakes and Politics #4

On this week’s Michigan Matters, host Carol Cain brings you all the highlights from the fourth and final “Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics” breakfast forum.

CBS 62–06/21/2013

The Pancakes and Politics panel June 20 in Detroit. WWJ photo by Matt Roush

S3’s Pasky: Write In Duggan For Detroit Mayor

The founder of the rapidly growing Detroit tech staffing company tells a business forum that she thinks Duggan could still win

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/20/2013

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Strategic Staffing Solutions Launches Military Pilot Program

The Detroit-based IT staffing firm Strategic Staffing Solutions has developed and launched its first pilot military recruiting program, the S3 Combat Recruiting Support Team.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/19/2013

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There’s No Place Like Detroit: Military History, S3’s Military Recruiting Future

Next week, we’ll begin celebrating our nation’s independence when the Detroit Ford Fireworks boom and glow over the Detroit River. It’s a great show and a tremendous way to remember all those who fought in the American Revolution as well as those who have fought in all the wars since. We are indebted to them all and owe them our thanks and respect.

WWJ Newsradio 950–06/19/2013

Brendon Blacklaws of Ann Arbor glides past the finish line in the Strategic Staffing Solutions Grand Prix Shakedown five kilometer race Tuesday on Belle Isle. WWJ photo by Matt Roush

Runners Raise Thousands For Homeless In S3 Event

Dodging raindrops and amid the occasional ominous rumble of thunder, around 300 runners took to the Detroit Grand Prix race course Tuesday evening in the 20th annual Grand Prix Shakedown, a five-kilometer run sponsored by the Detroit tech staffing firm Strategic Staffing Solutions.

WWJ Newsradio 950–05/28/2013

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