Stephen Michon leads strategy and applied research for FutureWorks’ national list of regional, business-civic, government, and foundation clients. Much of his work has focused on the role of regional business-civic leadership on economic development and inclusion. As part of the Regional Prosperity Project, he guided a network of 10 regional business-civic organizations from across the country developing innovative practice and strategies that connect economic growth to economic opportunity. He also just completed a strategic assessment for talent, inclusion, and regional competitiveness as part of Fund for Our Economic Future in Northeast Ohio. Prior to that, Mr. Michon worked with the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and consulted with over 100 chamber and business leaders to develop metro plans for sustainable regional development.
Mr. Michon also has expertise in the analysis of labor markets and strategy for talent and workforce development. Mr. Michon is currently part of a team evaluating the 5-year, $30 million National Fund for Workforce Solutions, a sector-based training effort with partnerships in 32 major metros across the U.S. He is also part of a multi-year effort aligning employer demand with supply in Indianapolis for a business-philanthropic-workforce partnership called Hire Up Indy. He recently completed work for the Louisiana Community and Technical College system to build better postsecondary completion strategies to aid industry and adult workers. Other recent talent development strategies have been completed for The Cleveland Foundation, the Greater Portland workforce system in Oregon, the Workforce Development Institute in New York, Tennessee Board of Regents, U.S. Department of Labor, and John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development.
With 20 years in the field, Mr. Michon has developed expertise in economic development practice and evaluation. He has worked on-the-ground with Coastal Enterprises Inc., a community development finance institution in Maine; the City of Portland Development Commission in Oregon as part of a development strategy to maintain the city’s “first mover” status in sustainability; business and economic development leaders in western Massachusetts to boost economic growth and build ladders of economic opportunity; and leaders in Boston to produce a comprehensive economic development strategy.
Prior to FutureWorks, Mr. Michon worked at Mt. Auburn Associates. There he led municipal and regional strategic economic strategy for their national list of clients. He earlier served as executive director of a city non-profit community development corporation in Massachusetts and twice served in the state legislature of New Hampshire. He is a current member of the City of Nashua's Revolving Loan, past board member of the city’s Business and Industrial Development Authority, and former chair of the city’s economic development transition team.
Mr. Michon is the author of several reports including Minding their Civic Business, a study of what 45 business-led CEO organizations were doing to improve economic, spatial, and social conditions in metro areas. He also authored It Takes a Region to Raise a New Economy: How Business Leadership is Driving Regional Prosperity and co-authored Raising the Bar on Skill Development. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Tufts University’s Graduate School of Urban & Environmental Policy.