CHAPTER 1

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THE SECOND SHIFT MODEL

CHALLENGES AND OBSTACLES

Sitting in his ninth-floor office in Lansing City Hall in 1994, newly elected Mayor David Hollister could look out his window and see two of the pillars that sustained the capital city’s economy for generations: the majestic dome of the State Capitol and the smokestacks of the General Motors small car assembly plants. On the wall just to the right of the window hung three diplomas from Michigan State University, this representing the third pillar that had long provided stability and continuity to Mayor Hollister’s Midwest auto manufacturing community.

Located in south central Michigan, ...

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