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June 17: New Innovation District to Bolster Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Detroit

New Innovation District to Bolster Entrepreneurship Opportunities in Detroit

Nancy Schlichting, CEO of Henry Ford Medical System and former chair of the Detroit Regional Chamber Board, has been named by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan as the chair of a 17-person advisory committee responsible for the Detroit Innovation District initiative. Mayor Duggan called for an area encompassing Midtown and downtown Detroit to serve as an anchor to support neighborhood business incubators throughout Detroit, promoting small business growth and creating jobs throughout the city.

Brookings Institute, which included Detroit in a recent report, and the New Economy Initiative of Southeast Michigan (NEI) are partners in the initiative. David Egner, executive director of NEI, said the innovation district will equip entrepreneurs with necessary resources, work with real estate and infrastructure to facilitate the district, and provide a focus on policy and finance to bolster entrepreneurial efforts throughout the region. To read more, click here.

Pure Michigan DREAMJOB Summit Connects Candidates to Over 1,200 Job Openings

More than 110 Michigan employers met with candidates to fill more than 1,200 job openings on Friday, June 13 during the Pure Michigan DREAMJOB Summit at Ford Field. More than 1,500 job seekers attended the career fair, which was hosted by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and supported by the Chamber. The Chamber provided event logistics, including 16 staff members who volunteered at the event, and economic development program coordination for the Summit.

Pure Michigan DREAMJOB is the state’s largest job matchmaking summit; an innovative way to match the talent needs of Michigan companies with people who can provide experience, capabilities and energies companies require to succeed. The Chamber remains a strategic partner with the MEDC in executing its Pure Michigan Business Connect program throughout Southeast Michigan, connecting leading-edge Michigan companies to the global supply chain to create business growth opportunities in the state. To read more, click here.

2013 Mackinac Policy Conference Video Wins ACCE Excellence Award

The Chamber won an award of excellence from the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE) for its 2013 Mackinac Policy Conference promotional video. The video, which received its award in the “electronic” category, was designed to capture all the elements of the annual event, on and off the stage, as it brings top business professionals, legislative leaders, corporate CEOs and regional champions to Michigan’s Center Stage.

In 2014, ACCE received 163 entries in the annual Awards for Communication Excellence competition. A two-judge panel of chamber professionals evaluated four subject categories: advertising, campaigns, electronic and publications. Each category was subdivided into two size classes: chambers with budgets exceeding $1 million and those with budgets below that amount. To view the video, click here.

‘Understanding Global Talent’ to Showcase International Students as Key to Workforce Development

The Chamber is partnering with the Global Talent Retention Initiative of Michigan and Fakhoury Global Immigration to present Understanding Global Talent: From Recruitment to Regulations, a workshop to showcase the benefits of utilizing skilled international students to fill key roles in Michigan’s workforce. It will take place on Thursday, June 26, from 8 to 10 a.m. at Detroit Athletic Club.

Michigan is host to more than 27,000 international students who represent an important source of talent for in-state employers. Tapping into this in-state international talent pool that is skilled in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is critical for Michigan to sustain long-term growth in the tech industries. The event will analyze the keys to utilizing this pool of highly educated, STEM-oriented global talent to strengthen the Michigan workforce. To register for this event, click here.

WIN Study Calls for Greater Alignment Between Academic Curriculum and Employer Qualifications

According to a recent report released by the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), greater alignment between what is being taught in schools and the qualifications that are required by employers is critical to a globally competitive workforce and sustainable economy. Workforce development is a major area of focus for the Chamber, which has aimed programming toward educating students about exciting job opportunities across a number of industries to strengthen the state’s talent pipeline.
WIN’s report indicates the continued need for improved development of career-ready applicants in the workforce, as roughly 58,000 baby boomers will annually retire over the next 15 years. The WIN study demonstrates that Michigan could retain at least 75,000 of the 250,000 young people projected to leave the state before 2023 by focusing on career awareness activities. To read the official release, click here.