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We support the dream of the Lakeshore Promise because we believe that access to continuing education will be the only way to keep our area workforce competitive in a global economy.

At the beginning of the 20th Century, when industrialization was displacing farmers, rural States invested in education. They knew that those who once dropped out of high school to work on farms would now need a high school diploma and different skills for the new automated workplace and so made a high school education universal and free.

Again, after World War II, when the U.S. economy faced a crisis adjusting in a post war economy, the U.S. Government invested in education, passing the GI Bill. In 1947 the GI Bill accounted for half of all college enrollments in the nation and propelled the U.S. to unprecedented economic growth and prosperity.

Today, in order to remain competitive and sustain economic growth, an education beyond high school is required by 21st Century workers. This means we must produce twice as many college graduates and skilled workers in West Michigan.

That is why we advocate a program similar to the successful Kalamazoo Promise but underwritten by a combination of public, private and government incentives and available to all graduating seniors in both private and public schools.

The visionaries who conceived of the Kalamazoo Promise did so because they discovered a direct correlation between a highly educated work force and a vibrant economy. By ensuring a workforce that will be among the most highly skilled in the nation we attract the kind of industry that can offer a promising future.

We ask that you help us establish a Lakeshore Educational Authority to seek funding for this critical investment.

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