Welcome to Bright Ideas, the newsletter of Public Sector Consultants, the premier public policy and program management firm in Michigan.

Thirty-five years ago, PSC began in the mind of Jerry Faverman, a large character with a large vision: to provide clients with policy analysis and strategic counsel driven by data, not opinions or ideology.

Today, PSC continues to advance Faverman’s vision, and so much more. We are a multimillion-dollar company, with more than 30 employees and affiliated consultants serving clients in Michigan, the Great Lakes region and beyond. Our work touches on every part of the public policy cycle: helping clients sort through the issues and set policy objectives, researching and analyzing policy solutions, managing programs that put policy into practice and evaluating policy impacts. Having the expertise to focus on the entire policy cycle under one roof speaks to the uniqueness of our approach to answering tough policy questions and moving Michigan forward.

As you will learn in the pages of this edition of Bright Ideas, and the ones to follow, PSC is putting this blend of research and practice to work for the benefit of our clients and partners across a wide range of subjects. From investments in early childhood education, to researching the health of the Great Lakes, to unlocking the power of energy efficiency for every home and business owner, to ensuring good stewardship of our environment, our health and our schools, a network of interested parties representing every corner of this state and every sector of the economy have come to work with PSC because we are all committed to the same thing—a better Michigan.

Among the three of us, we have more years at PSC than we may care to admit. Though each of our roads to PSC was different, we all found a home here among smart people doing their best work in a thoughtful and objective manner, bound together by the same commitment we share with our clients.

With each edition of Bright Ideas, we intend to share stories of success from our clients, in-depth takes on the people who make PSC go, and, dare we say, a large measure of good ol’ nerdy—and provocative—policy research.

Bright Ideas is an opportunity for us to connect with our partners, colleagues, and friends on the great work we do together in the name of advancing good public policy. You’ve heard from us; now we’d like to hear from you. What would you like to see PSC cover in future editions of Bright Ideas? Send us an email with your suggestions.

Jeff, Peter, Julie

PS. You’re invited to the after party  @pscmichigan and facebook.com/PublicSectorConsultants