MI Roundup: Sandberg, U-M Mobility Center, Detroit Trends

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was very important to the state’s economy, which adds credence to the idea that younger generations aren’t as burdened with negative feelings about Detroit as their parents and grandparents. The survey also showed that 66 percent of voters support a 20-year, $350-million state matching-fund proposal as part of an overall deal to protect the pension benefits of city workers and to preserve the Detroit Institute of Arts’ collection.

—Bad news: The personal finance social network WalletHub released a report this week that looked at the best and worst cities to start a career. According to the report’s metrics, Detroit (the city, not the metropolitan area) was ranked the sixth worst place to start a career, beating only Akron, OH; San Bernardino, Stockton, and Modesto, CA; and Port St. Lucie, FL. The report looked at quality of life issues like the cost of rent, “mating opportunities,” and arts establishments in addition to professional stats like average annual salary, number of entry-level jobs, and diversity in the workplace. Given Detroit’s unemployment rate and municipal woes, the report’s findings aren’t terribly surprising—it’s a good reminder that we still have work to do.

Sarah Schmid is the editor of Xconomy Detroit. You can reach her at 313-570-9823 or sschmid@xconomy.com. Follow @XconomyDET

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