Improved transportation, affordable tuition and more opportunities to access Michigan's natural beauty were among the priorities of students gathered September 25 to weigh in on a conversation about Michigan's future.
The Laker Student Forum was organized by the Growing Michigan Together Council, an initiative established this year by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to develop a long-term vision for Michigan to address challenges and determine the best ways to retain and grow the population.
The session in the Kirkhof Center was led by Hilary Doe, the state's chief growth officer, who said gathering input from GVSU students was a crucial part of the statewide effort.
“My job is to think about how we ensure that you never have to leave Michigan because you feel like you don’t have opportunities here,” she said. “What are the big structural policy reforms we can take? What changes can we make that will lay the foundation for strong growth, for shared prosperity, for Michigan to be a top-10 state for growth?”