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The Future of the Great Lakes Region

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The Urban Institute and the Joyce Foundation released new research entitled, “The Future of the Great Lakes Region."

The report, which looks at Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin, provides a comprehensive analysis of recent economic, demographic, and social trends in the region, coupled with projections on how those trends will play out between now and 2040.

It also offers policy and philanthropic strategies that could help the region manage its challenges and put itself on a path to growth and long-term prosperity.

To download the full report, click here.

To learn more about the Urban Institute, click here.

For media coverage on the report, please see below:

Michigan and Great Lakes Region Face Ups and Downs
April 3, 2017
WDET Radio (Detroit)

The American Heartland’s Uncertain Future
By Dwyer Gunn
March 28, 2017
Pacific Standard

Millennials will drive Great Lakes states' comeback
By Katy Tomasulo
March 27, 2017
Construction Dive

Can the Great Lakes Shake Off the Rust?
By Andrew Small
March 23, 2017
CityLab from The Atlantic

Slow growth, aging population plaguing Illinois
By Greg Hinz
March 23, 2017
Crain’s Chicago Business

Illinois poised to grow — if it supports youth, immigrants, report says
By Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz
March 23, 2017
Chicago Tribune

About The Joyce Foundation

Joyce is a nonpartisan, private foundation that invests in evidence-informed public policies and strategies to advance racial equity and economic mobility for the next generation in the Great Lakes region.

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