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December 10: MICHauto to Host Annual Meeting and Reception, Jan. 9; Participate in New ‘Pulse of the Region’ Survey

MICHauto to Host Annual Meeting and Reception, Jan. 9

The Chamber’s MICHauto program is hosting its third Annual Meeting and Reception on Thursday, January 9, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Detroit Athletic Club in downtown Detroit. During the reception, attendees will receive a brief update on MICHauto’s activities over the past 12 months and hear a keynote address from an industry thought leader. For more information and to register, click here.

Participate in New ‘Pulse of the Region’ Survey for Education and Career Choices

To compete in the global economy, Southeast Michigan needs a highly skilled workforce. Regional employers are invited to participate in the new “Pulse of the Region” survey that is open now through mid-January. The survey is being conducted by the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC) to gather citizen input for a new Skilled Trades Task Force they will be launching in 2014 to promote the importance of skilled trade professions and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

Survey input will be used to develop strategies to help close the skills gap and develop a stronger workforce in Southeast Michigan. To participate in the survey, click here.

‘Hire Detroit!’ Campaign Pushing for 25,000 Jobs for Detroiters

Chamber member companies are encouraged to participate in “Hire Detroit!” – a campaign being sponsored by the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation (DESC) to encourage area employers to hire Detroiters and promote the value of the city’s workforce. A kickoff event will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 12 at the Northwest Activities Center in Detroit. United States Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Education Secretary Arne Duncan will be in attendance. Register for the event by December 10.

“Hire Detroit” asks companies throughout Metro Detroit to hire at least one qualified city resident in 2014 and provide hiring data to the DESC, with the goal of providing jobs for a combined 25,000 unemployed city residents. The initiative is being launched to combat Detroit’s unemployment rate of nearly 18 percent, which is about twice as much as the rest of Michigan.

To learn more about the DESC and its services, click here.