Julie Winokur: Civil Discourse Begins with Willingness to Listen

Calling on Conference attendees to set aside their own partisan differences, award-winning documentary filmmaker Julie Winokur, executive director of Talking Eyes Media, built on the pillar of restoring civility in American politics by sharing her experiences traveling the country and breaking down political barriers.

Winokur put radical civility in action by setting up a small table with a flower in familiar places and inviting people to sit down and talk politics with the goal of understanding their ideology. This project, which later became a documentary film called “Bring It to the Table,” was launched five years ago when it became clear to Winokur that hyper-partisanship was getting in the way of progress in Washington, D.C.

Winokur discussed the current political climate, how to best respond to others’ beliefs and talk across party lines about issues that matter.

Key Takeaways:

  • In the current political state, citizens and politicians are putting party before country, making government less about public service.
  • We are not witnessing problem solving from the top down in the current political environment, but rather we are witnessing obstructionism. In turn, the movement to restore civility in American politics needs to start from the ground up by engaging in civil political debate, and talking across party lines about issues that matter.
  • Ask, “What can I do?” Although we all may not be able to influence Congress, we can influence a small part of the world through community and family.
  • This is not an issue that popped up overnight or even in the past year. Civil discourse has been a problem for many years. The question is, “What kind of personal agency can we take to be more civil?”
  • To have a civil conversation on politics is to learn to listen or change the way you listen.
  • Approach a conversation by asking questions in the spirit of understanding the other party, as opposed to proving someone wrong.
  • Take a step back and think about what you are a subject matter expert on and avoid speaking with authority or authenticity on topics you are not proficient.
  • The least effective way to have a civil conversation is to treat someone like they are unintelligent or tell them they are wrong.
  • Transformation equals growth and is critical for the country to move forward.

“It is unacceptable where we have arrived, but this is not the end of days that we’re sitting in right now, this is the opportunity. Things must get bad to get better. This is that moment and this is your moment,” Winokur explained. “I’m going to ask that everyone here in the next week does a random act of civil discourse and approach a conversation that you don’t agree with your arms open and help me understand you attitude.”

AARP: Consider Retirees to Improve State’s Economy

40 percent of U.S. employers report difficulty filling jobs due mainly to candidates lacking technical competencies and workplace competencies. Michigan’s chapter of AARP hosted a discussion focused on the talent gap retired workers can fill in the state’s economy. The discussion, moderated by Chris Holman, founder and CEO, Michigan Business Network and President of AARP Michigan, included Paula Cunningham, director of AARP Michigan; Roger Curtis, director of the Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development; and Chuck Hadden, president and CEO, Michigan Manufacturers Association. Michigan employers report difficulty filling jobs as their No. 1 challenge. Attendees were educated on the benefits of integrating older workers:

  • Fill positions on teams that tend to be hard to fill
  • Provide mentorship and career pathing assistance
  • Assist millennials on staff in developing hard and soft skills
  • Take advantage of the “motivation” of retirees to do a good job

Representatives from AARP announced the program “Experience for Hire” as a resource for businesses looking to hire retirees.

New School Year, New Era Set to Begin for Public Education in Detroit

Public education in Detroit stands on the precipice of a new era. With a financial fresh start, thanks to a package of bills passed last year by the Michigan Legislature, local school board control restored, and under the leadership of recently hired Superintendent Nikolai Vitti, the Detroit Public Schools Community District (DPSCD) is arguably in its strongest position in decades.

Hosted by The Skillman Foundation, the “Rebuilding Detroit Schools for Tomorrow’s Opportunities” session brought both panelists and Conference attendees together to discuss how DPSCD can continue its positive momentum into the coming year and beyond.

Key Takeaways:

  • Despite predictions that its policy recommendations would be “dead on arrival,” the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren won major victories, the most important among them being: A debt-free school district, DPSCD, local control of the school board and the return of former state-controlled Education Achievement Authority schools back to DPSCD.
  • These changes have given the school district the opportunity to completely remake itself, and at a crucial time – Detroit is experiencing billions in new investment, but the city and state will never reach their true economic apex without a quality public school system.
  • Despite these significant improvements, education can not be separated from the crushing poverty that many of Detroit’s schoolchildren face at home and in their larger neighborhoods.
  • In order to improve educational outcomes, DPSCD must develop wrap-around support services to address larger, systemic issues.
  • Not unlike school districts across the nation, DPSCD faces a shortage of personnel and a difficulty in attracting new teachers.
  • Aggressive recruiting and competitive salaries will be necessary to contend for future talent.
  • DPSCD’s portfolio of vacant real estate is a great challenge and opportunity. Strategic, creative thinking can bring these buildings back into use either through private redevelopment or new district programming.

Panelists included: Herman Gray, president and CEO of United Way for Southeastern Michigan; John Rakolta Jr., chairman and CEO of Walbridge and co-chair of the Coalition for the Future of Detroit Schoolchildren; and Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District. The session was moderated by Erin Einhorn, editor of Chalkbeat Detroit.

CS Mott Foundation: More Funding for Local Municipalities Critical to Michigan’s Economic Competitiveness

Michigan’s system of funding for local municipalities is not sustainable and approaching a breaking point panelists said during the session “Funding Michigan Cities: The Path Forward” hosted by the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. Addressing the challenges of properly funding emergency services, aging infrastructure and utilities, panelists said state leaders must look past politics and be willing to invest in communities or Michigan will continue to fall behind the rest of the country in attracting business and investment.

Key takeaways

  • Michigan’s municipal funding model does not track with the economy and over time the state has responded to fiscal emergencies by ratcheting up tax and expenditure limits, hurting cities’ ability to raise money for critical projects.
  • The state continually underfunds municipalities lower than statutory levels. From 2002 to 2012 state revenue has gone up 29 percent but investment in local governments has gone down by 56 percent.
  • The single biggest revenue source for most municipalities is property taxes, but there are two state constitutional limits on that: Proposal A and the Headlee Amendment.
  • As a result, municipalities and schools are increasingly relying on millage votes to fund infrastructure and education.
  • Many financial problems cannot be fixed locally and require city leaders to have a seat at the table during state budget discussions. Local municipalities cannot be an afterthought.
  • Post-industrial states such as Ohio and Pennsylvania that are investing in transportation and infrastructure could help provide innovative solutions for funding Michigan cities.
  • Local funding is complicated and exasperated by the learning gap in Lansing due to term limits in the state Legislature.

Moderated by Ron Fournier, publisher and editor of Crain’s Detroit Business, the panel featured: Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss; Michigan Municipal League’s Anthony Minghine; and Michigan State University’s Joshua Sapotichne.

MICHauto Roundtable: Technology Innovation Will Augment Workforce Transformation

In an age where automation and machine learning is increasingly becoming commonplace, technological innovation should not be viewed as a hindrance to job creation but rather a driver for how organizations consider how to design jobs, organize work and plan for future growth. That was a key message during the MICHauto Roundtable: Human Capital in the Digital Age at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference.

“If technology is harnessed properly, it can be an enabler for organizations competing for talent and jobs,” said Bill Diehl, managing director at KPMG.

Reiterating the findings in KPMG’s recently released white paper titled “Rise of the Humans,” Diehl said as businesses seek to streamline processes and reduce operating costs, cognitive technologies are rapidly creating a new class of labor.

The roundtable also featured a keynote address by Mike DiClaudio, principal for KPMG, proceeded by a panel discussion with Brose North America’s Mike Brosseau, Toyota North America’s George Cook III, and KPMG’s Kate Jackson and Claudia Saran.

Key takeaways

  • Despite doom and gloom scenarios for massive unemployment, cognitive technologies can spur new jobs and enhance human skills and expertise.
  • Technology and artificial intelligence will not replace people but will create the opportunity to make what we do better.
  • As more cognitive technologies work side by side with a human labor force, leaders are increasingly challenged to integrate and make the most of both kinds of labor.
  • Skills such as critical and analytical thinking, problem-solving and time management are uniquely human traits that are in-demand.
  • A five-stage process of inquiry can help leaders systematically think through how the shape and size of their workforce should change: compliance, cost, capacity, capability and connectivity.
  • There is a misperception that millennials do not like to work. However, most are hardworking and early adopters of technology.
  • Navigating a multigenerational workforce with different needs and expectations is a challenge for employers but understanding these differences and a willingness to be flexible is crucial to retain and attract talent.
  • Manufacturers and OEMs must work collaboratively with schools to create curriculum and training programs and dispel the myth that a four-year degree is the only path to success.

Kicking off the roundtable discussion, Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto unveiled the 2017 “Michigan is Auto Mobility” report, which details the state’s world-class automotive and mobility assets. View the report here.

In Search of Innovators: Bold Entrepreneurs, Better Education Critical to Keep U.S. Economy from Sinking, Says Walter Isaacson

By Tom Walsh

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Walter Isaacson is the former chairman and CEO of CNN, former editor of Time Magazine and biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Henry Kissinger. Photo courtesy of Patrice Gilbert.

Walter Isaacson is the former chairman and CEO of CNN, former editor of Time Magazine and biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Henry Kissinger. Photo courtesy of Patrice Gilbert.

Detroit was a major example of the decimation of industrial jobs in America and unless the country reverses a scary decline in its education system, the economy is destined to sink, says best-selling author and renowned journalist Walter Isaacson.

Isaacson, former chairman and CEO of CNN and former editor of Time magazine, and biographer of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Henry Kissinger, is not so much a prophet of doom and gloom as he is a crusader for innovation to succeed in a fast-changing world.

In an interview with the Detroiter, Isaacson, a keynote speaker at the 2017 Mackinac Policy Conference, discussed the economic rise and fall of Detroit, the recent signs of revival, and the importance of education to the future success of the United States overall and Michigan in particular.

“We used to have the best education system in the world, so we had the best economy,” Isaacson said of America. “Now our education system ranks about 20th in the world.”

Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s group of corporate CEOs and university presidents, has sounded that same alarm in recent years. At its 2015 CEO Summit, BLM reported that Michigan ranked 31st among the 50 states in educational attainment. As a result, despite an uptick in the state’s economy since the 2009 economic recession, Michigan ranks 36th in per capita income — $11,000 below the national average.

“The auto industry went into decline, and the cost of building cars in Detroit was higher than shifting those jobs elsewhere,” said Isaacson, reflecting on the industrial heartland’s ups and downs. “These trends gutted the city’s middle class. At the same time, the growth of the suburbs and of crime caused people to move out of the city. Detroit is now one of the cities reversing this trend. It has begun luring people back to town, and it is revitalizing and restoring its urban core.”

Isaacson cited a growing entrepreneurial ecosystem as a critical force in the city’s reversal.

“I think we all have been deeply impressed by the efforts, led by (Quicken Loans founder and chairman) Dan Gilbert and others, to restore the downtown area,” he said. “I think the key is attracting entrepreneurs and small business owners. In addition, the center of Detroit has refurbished many of its historic buildings, and it can build on being a cultural destination.

“Entrepreneurs have always taken risks and challenged conventional wisdom, said Isaacson, whose most recent best-seller, “The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” profiles tech giants who disrupted their industry. Profiles include Microsoft Corp. founder Bill Gates and Tim Berners-Lee, who is credited for inventing the internet.

“It is useful to be tolerant of diverse ideas and approaches,” Isaacson said. “That is what cities like Detroit have to offer.”

And what role should government play in economic renewal?

“The important thing that America needs — and Detroit in particular needs — is a major effort to rebuild infrastructure. That is the most important role that the public sector can play,” Isaacson said.

A key component is a bold overhaul of the nation’s approach to education.

“When we moved from an agricultural economy to an industrial one, we in America made high school free and universal,” Isaacson said. “Now we are moving into an age that is more dependent on information and entrepreneurship, so we need to do something equally bold. We need to create an educational system that is pre-K to 14. By that, I mean that every kid deserves quality pre-K education, so that he or she can get a decent opportunity to succeed. And education should be free and universal through at least two years of college, trade school, or career and technical education.”

“Education used to be an equalizer of opportunity. Now it perpetuates disparities of opportunities,” Isaacson added. “That must change as well.”

Tom Walsh is a former columnist for the Detroit Free Press

Butzel Long adds attorney specializing in International Trade and Customs; Leslie Alan Glick is based in firm’s Washington, D.C. office

Butzel Long is expanding again with the addition of Leslie (“Les”) Alan Glick, an international trade and customs law attorney. He is a Shareholder based in the firm’s Washington D.C. office.

Glick has handled major international trade cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the Court of International Trade, including numerous antidumping and countervailing duty cases, and unfair trade practice investigations under section 232(national security) and 337(intellectual property) of the trade laws.

At the same time, Glick has handled cases arising under the U.S. Customs laws involving classification, valuation, country of origin marking and customs fraud, and gray market and supply chain security issues (Customs Trade Partnership Against Terrorism).

Notably, Glick has been active in developing customs compliance programs for many U.S. corporations. He is the author of books on customs law and NAFTA, and has been widely consulted by companies and trade associations in regard to U.S./Mexico legal questions involving imports, exports, investment, transportation and other areas.

He has represented exporters and importers from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Great Britain, India, Italy Indonesia, Japan, Peru, and Thailand. He also has served as counsel to a Congressional sub-committee and has handled matters relating to legislation.

Glick is a registered lobbyist and has been active in lobbying on trade matters for companies in the automotive, food industry and others. He assists U.S. and foreign clients with compliance with laws and regulations of the Food and Drug Administration, and USDA in relation to food products, meat and poultry, plants, medical devices and the importation of pharmaceutical and biological materials as well as consumer product safety and automotive product regulation and recalls (NHTSA and FMVSA).

Further, Glick has handled issues with alcoholic beverage imports involving the U.S. Treasury Department Alcohol, Tobacco, Tax and Trade Bureau involving beer and wine imports from Italy, and saki from Japan.

He also counsels clients regarding the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and has developed compliance programs for U.S companies and conduct FCPA compliance audits for a major defense contractor of its agents in Mexico and Colombia. He also has handled sanctions issues under the Office of Foreign Assets Control involving Cuba and Russia.

Moreover, Glick has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the George Mason University Law School (University of Virginia) and the University of Baltimore (University of Maryland). He is a speaker in demand and has written countless articles.

He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Maryland and New York. He is a former Chair of the International Law Section of the Federal Bar Association. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice Section, International Trade and Customs Law Committee; Chair, 2006-2017; International Law Section, Mexico Committee, Vice Chair, 2011-2012; Customs Committee, Co-Chair, 2015-2018.

Glick earned a J.D. from Cornell School of Law and a B.S. from Cornell University.

About Butzel Long

Butzel Long is one of the leading law firms in Michigan and the United States. It was founded in Detroit in 1854 and has provided trusted client service for more than 160 years. Butzel’s full-service law offices are located in Detroit, Bloomfield Hills, Lansing and Ann Arbor, Mich.; New York, NY; and, Washington, D.C., as well as alliance offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Mexico City and Monterrey. It is an active member of Lex Mundi, a global association of 160 independent law firms. Learn more by visiting www.butzel.com or follow Butzel Long on Twitter: https://twitter.com/butzel_long

Dickinson Wright Receives Top Rankings by Chambers USA; 25 Attorneys in Michigan Recognized as Leaders in their Fields

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Chambers USA, publisher of the world’s leading guides to the legal profession, has ranked seven of the firm’s practices in Michigan and 25 of the firm’s attorneys in Michigan in the 2017 Chambers USA Guide.

Chambers named Dickinson Wright’s Banking & Finance, Corporate/M&A, Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation, General Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, and Real Estate practices as “Top Ranked” practices in Michigan. Twenty-five attorneys in Michigan were named “Leaders in their Fields”.

London-based publisher Chambers & Partners conducts research into the strengths and reputations of U.S. law firms by state, through in-depth interviews with peers and competing firm attorneys, in-house counsel and significant purchasers of legal services.

Of the “Top Ranked” practices, Dickinson Wright’s General Commercial Litigation practice in Michigan received a Band 1 ranking. Of the 25 attorneys ranked by Chambers, the following attorneys received a Band 1 ranking: Steven G. Howell, Banking & Finance: Bankruptcy; Edward H. Pappas, General Commercial Litigation; William P. Shield, Jr., Banking & Finance; and Robert W. Stocker, II, Gaming & Licensing.

Below is a list of Dickinson Wright attorneys in Michigan who were listed in Chambers USA 2017:

Banking and Finance
Craig W. Hammond, Detroit
Colleen M. Shevnock, Ann Arbor
William P. Shield, Jr., Detroit

Banking and Finance: Bankruptcy
Steven G. Howell, Detroit
James A. Plemmons, Detroit
Theodore B. Sylwestrzak, Detroit

Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions
Richard M. Bolton, Detroit
Mark R. High, Detroit
Michael T. Raymond, Troy

Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation
Cynthia A. Moore, Troy
Jordan Schreier, Ann Arbor

Gaming & Licensing
Robert W. Stocker, II, Lansing

General Commercial Litigation
Kenneth J. McIntyre, Detroit
Thomas G. McNeill, Detroit
Edward H. Pappas, Troy
Daniel D. Quick, Troy

Intellectual Property
John S. Artz, Troy
John C. Nishi, Ann Arbor

Labor & Employment
Timothy H. Howlett, Detroit

Real Estate Law
John G. Cameron, Jr., Grand Rapids
James N. Candler, Jr., Detroit
Stephen E. Dawson, Troy
Monica J. Labe, Troy
Leslee M. Lewis, Grand Rapids
Katheryne L. Zelenock, Troy

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017 is available online at www.chambersandpartners.com/usa.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client service, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built a state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Dickinson Wright’s Intellectual Property Practice in Michigan Recognized by IP Stars 2017

Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that the firm has been recognized for its intellectual property expertise and three attorneys in Michigan were named 2017 IP Stars by Managing Intellectual Property.

In Michigan, the firm’s Patent Filing and Prosecution practice received a “Highly Recommended” rating and the Trademark practice received a “Recommended” rating. In addition to the firm’s rankings, Attorneys John S. Artz, William H. Honaker, and Daniel D. Quick were selected to the 2017 IP Stars.

John S. Artz is a Member in the firm’s Troy office and is ranked as an IP Star for Patent and Trademark. He has been lead counsel for many companies in intellectual property and commercial litigation matters. He is co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice and focuses on patent, trade secret, trademark and copyright litigation. He also actively counsels clients on patent and trademark prosecution as well as clearance matters. Mr. Artz is a past president of the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association and is currently co-chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan.

William H. Honaker is a Member in the firm’s Troy office and is ranked as an IP Star for Patent and Trademark. He has extensive knowledge and expertise in all aspects of patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters including litigation in a broad range of technologies/industries. He evaluates patents, trademarks, and copyrights on behalf of clients along with advising clients on the protection of inventions, trademarks and copyrightable subject matter. He is the former Chairman of the State Bar of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Law Section and is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the International Trademark Association.

Daniel D. Quick is the Practice Department Manager for the firm’s Commercial Litigation, Antitrust & Trade Regulation, and Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Groups and is a Member in the firm’s Troy office. He is ranked as an IP Star for Trademark. He served as lead counsel for Universal Music Group and related entities and associated artists in copyright litigation, commercial disputes and defamation actions in several states. He also served as lead counsel in a variety of other copyright, trade secret and patent litigation matters. Mr. Quick is the former chair of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Litigation Committee and is currently the chair of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee of the Commercial & Business Litigation Committee.

Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars 2017 is the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to leading IP firms and lawyers. Managing Intellectual Property’s researchers in London, New York and Hong Kong collected market information, analyzed it and ranked firms in tiers, based on the feedback received from thousands of practitioners. To learn more, visit www.ipstars.com.

About Dickinson Wright PLLC

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 450 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas and 16 industry groups. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices, including six in Michigan (Detroit, Troy, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Grand Rapids, and Saginaw) and ten other domestic offices in Austin, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Lexington, Ky.; Nashville and Music Row, Tenn.; Las Vegas and Reno, Nev.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Washington, D.C. The firm’s Canadian office is located in Toronto.

Dickinson Wright offers our clients a distinctive combination of superb client services, exceptional quality, value for fees, industry expertise and business acumen. As one of the few law firms with ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification, Dickinson Wright has built state-of-the-art, independently-verified risk management controls and security processes for our commercial transactions. Dickinson Wright lawyers are known for delivering commercially-oriented advice on sophisticated transactions and have a remarkable record of wins in high-stakes litigation. Dickinson Wright lawyers are regularly cited for their expertise and experience by Chambers, Best Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and other leading independent law firm evaluating organizations.

Detroit Drives Degrees Gleans Lessons from Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland to Increase Local Graduation Rates

Last month, the Detroit Regional Chamber hosted representatives from the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland to gain insight on establishing a community-wide compact to improve education attainment. The Chamber is exploring the development of a similar pact in Detroit through its Detroit Drives Degrees (D3) initiative.

The success of the Cleveland Compact is promising: Since the initiative began in 2011, Cleveland Metropolitan School District students have seen a 13 percent increase in on-time high school graduation rates and has made progress in increasing graduation rates from four-year universities.

Maggie McGrath is the executive director of the Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland. Over the past five years, she has worked with Cleveland leaders to improve college readiness, access and success. Through the Compact’s public dashboard, the community can track their progress, better understand challenges within the education system, and develop solutions to address those challenges. The Compact has earned the support of the mayor, community colleges, universities, and a range of community partners.

The D3 Leadership Council, which is comprised of regional leaders in education, business, philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, is excited about adopting the Cleveland model in the Detroit region with the aim of generating similar gains in degree attainment. D3 staff will lay further groundwork for this project and continue discussions with partners about next steps this summer.

The goal of D3 is to increase the number of individuals with postsecondary accreditation to 60 percent by 2025. Currently, 43 percent of working-age adults in Michigan have a quality postsecondary credential. The only way to accomplish the 60 percent goal is by advancing access to postsecondary opportunities, strengthening student success and graduation rates, and improving both talent retention and attraction. The lack of educated talent in our region has a major impact on the local economy. Research shows that just a 1 percent increase in the four-year college attainment rate is associated with a $1,100 per year increase in average incomes throughout a metropolitan area.

For more information or to get involved contact Melanie D’Evelyn, D3’s manager of education attainment, at mdevelyn@detroitchamber.com.