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April 23, 2012
Amy Cell
Spring brings news of a rebounding Michigan economy, with employers around the state reporting they are ready to hire.  The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is your partner in the effort to recruit and retain top talent, and we’re working with training providers to make sure job seekers possess the skills Michigan businesses need now.  Read on to learn how your company can take advantage of our employer-centered initiatives designed to fill skills gaps and fuel a season of growth for Michigan businesses.


Amy Cell
Senior Vice President, Talent Enhancement
Michigan Economic Development Corporation


MiVirtualCareerFair connects healthcare employers to top talent in a live online environment

Are you a Michigan employer looking to hire healthcare professionals?  Register today for MiVirtualCareerFair: Healthcare for an opportunity to meet and recruit healthcare talent from a wide variety of disciplines, all without leaving your office. The live, 3-D virtual platform allows you to post open positions and your company profile, review candidate resumes, and interact in real time with dozens of qualified candidates. View demonstration videos, explore exhibitor options, and register to take part at www.michiganvirtualcareerfair.com
Register TODAY (Monday, April 23rd) and receive a FREE virtual booth valued at $500!


Struggling to find engineering talent? Take our survey for a chance to win a digital camera!

The Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan (WIN) and MEDC are partnering with local workforce agencies and education providers to develop strategies for closing Michigan’s engineering skills gap and help employers recruit the technical talent they need to thrive. If your company has recently hired engineering talent, or if you’re struggling to find the technical talent you need, we want to hear from you. Tell us what worked for you, and tell us what didn’t work.  Your insight will help us craft a plan of action to meet the engineering needs of Michigan employers.  Complete the 10-15 minute survey here.  WIN will aggregate responses to ensure confidentiality.   All who participate will be entered in to a drawing for a mini digital camera valued at approximately $400!  

Last week for workshops on capital access and services for new high-growth companies

During the week of April 23, MEDC will host the last of a series of workshops geared toward high growth, early-stage technology companies, showcasing the many resources and services available through MEDC-supported business incubators and accelerators.  Learn about business and technology assistance, training options, financial support, and access to talent from a long list of business partners and venture capital specialists. The workshops are free and registration is not required.  For the full workshop schedule and locations, visit MEDC’s Entrepreneurial Services webpage.

Find talented job seekers looking to make a Michigan career move with MichAGAIN

Join us in San Francisco and Palo Alto on May 8-9, and Boston on June 19 for MichAGAIN, MEDC’s pioneering program to connect employers with Michigan natives and alumni in cities around the country and recruit them for in-demand jobs in the great lake state.  The Boston event, held in conjunction with the BIO International Conference, will bring together IT and life science employers with skilled talent interested in career opportunities back home in Michigan. 
Visit here for more information, or contact Rebecca Wenglinski, MEDC Program Manager Talent Enhancement, at 517-241-5008 and wenglinskir@michigan.org.

MEDC President Michael Finney to keynote Michigan HR Day conference on June 13

The 3rd Annual Michigan HR Day conference provides a platform for human resources professionals to share best practices and learn how the HR function is central to the success of economic gardening and revitalization.  This year's keynote speaker is Michael Finney, President and CEO of MEDC.  Meet HR practitioners from around the state on June 13 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan from 8 am to 3:30 pm.  Cost is $35 and seating is limited to the first 1,000 who register.  The full agenda is available here.  For more information visit www.michiganhr.org or contact Brian J. Partie, Jr. at (517) 373-3811 and PartieB@michigan.gov

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We Hire Heroes

Owned by legendary Michigan drag racer Conrad “Connie” Kalitta, Kalitta Air, LLC employs hundreds of veterans in their aircraft maintenance facility in Oscoda, Michigan.

 “The State of Michigan owes Kalitta Air a debt of gratitude for stepping up to provide jobs for Michigan's heroes. Employers like Connie Kallita recognize the valuable skills these men and women earned through their military service.  We encourage all Michigan employers who have thrived in this time of conflict to give our returning vets a shot at a good job and a new start.”

 - Robert W. Smith III, Major General, US Army (Ret); Director, Veterans' Services Division, State of Michigan

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