As governor of Michigan from 2003 to 2011, Jennifer Granholm was involved in a grand experiment for Greenville, Mich., to reinvent itself through green technology. During Granholm’s early years in office, Michigan’s auto industry faltered, and the state’s economic woes only deepened during the 2008 financial crisis. Michigan had the nation’s highest jobless rate for four straight years.
Governor Granholm is now a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. She’s out with a new book, co-authored with her husband Dan Mulhern, entitled, “A Governor’s Story: the Fight for Jobs and America’s Economic Future.” The book chronicles her time in office and her efforts to retool Michigan’s economy in the face of the financial crisis and globalization.