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Skilled Trades Training Fund to award $8.6M in job training grants

Heading into 2015, the money pool for training in Michigan's high-demand skilled trades is getting $8.6 million deeper.

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"...[Skilled Trades Training Fund] recipients will distribute the funds to 236 Michigan employers in their regions, who will use the funds to upskill 6,085 current employees and 2,529 new employees and create up to 771 new jobs as a result of the training. Employers will leverage the grants with an estimated $99 million in additional funds."

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Attend the Live.Work.Detroit. career and networking event on Oct. 24

Here's the scoop on this don't miss career event set for this Friday.

"Live.Work.Detroit. returns for networking, career matchmaking for college students and recent grads. Current college students and aspiring entrepreneurs are invited to attend this season’s edition of  Live.Work.Detroit. on  Friday, October 24  at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit from  2:00 until 8:00 p.m.

Live.Work.Detroit is an informative career event sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and hosted by D:hive. Participants are invited to hear from young Detroit professionals and an array of local employers including Challenge Detroit, Lowe Campbell Ewald, Peacock Room, Quicken Loans and Salem Communications. The event schedule consists of networking opportunities, a keynote presentation by Eric Larson, CEO of Downtown Detroit Partnership, and an Insider Tour with the Detroit Experience Factory.

Registration for the  October 24  event costs $15. The registration fee covers dinner, a tour of the city and transportation. Round trip bus transportation will be made available from University of Detroit Mercy, Michigan State University, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University."

For more info and to register, click here.

Detroit magnate Dan Gilbert is the new Forbes cover story

In its new cover feature, Forbes magazine has coined downtown Detroit "Gilbertville," a place that's now attracting the coveted Millenial generation to work downtown. This story on Dan Gilbert and his city empire makes for a fascinating read.

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"As you’ve likely heard, over the past four years Gilbert has become one of Detroit’s single-largest commercial landowners, renovating the city with the energy and impact of a modern-day Robert Moses, albeit bankrolled with his own money. He’s purchased and updated more than 60 properties downtown, at a total cost of $1.3 billion. He moved his own employees into many of them–12,000 in all, including 6,500 new hires–and cajoled other companies such as Chrysler, Microsoft and Twitter to follow. He recruited 140 tenants, though most are tiny startups and other entrepreneurs his venture firm helped finance.

His empire rests on luring the kind of young, educated, technologically savvy employees that every employer in the nation craves. To get them he must compete with the golden glow of places like Palo Alto and Manhattan. Gilbert’s genius is to see Detroit–the most dilapidated, forlorn urban environment in North America–not as a hindrance but rather as a unique opportunity to build the kind of place that Millennial workers crave: authentic, inspiring, edgy and cheap.

And it’s working. “We turned down 21,000 kids who raised their hands and said, ‘I want to work in downtown Detroit,’ ” says Gilbert, who got 22,000 résumés for 1,300 internships this summer. “ They were from everywhere. Of all the metrics you’re looking at, that’s the one that makes me the most optimistic."

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Brookings Institution calls Detroit's Midtown and downtown "innovation districts"

As great minds think alike, they also stick together. The Brookings Institution has noticed the recent spate of tech start-ups in Detroit.

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"As far as clustering innovation in an urban setting goes, Detroit’s Midtown and downtown areas are putting the city on the Brookings Institution’s radar of places in the U.S. where close collaboration is becoming an alternative to urban sprawl and suburban, corporate office islands.

In the Washington, D.C.-based group’s report on rising “innovation districts,” authors Bruce Katz and Julie Wagner describe the areas as compact and transit-friendly, and anchored by educational institutions and large companies.

The authors point to Boston’s South Waterfront, San Francisco’s Mission Bay, Seattle’s South Lake Union area, and the Brooklyn Navy Yard as examples.

In Detroit’s case, the report highlights Henry Ford Health System and Wayne State University leading the charge in Midtown. It says downtown Detroit’s innovation district was “catalyzed” by the decision of mortgage lending giant Quicken Loans to relocate its headquarters there in 2010."

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Register by June 6 for Michigan Shifting Gears job re-training program

Register by June 6 for Michigan Shifting Gears, which kicks into session on June 17.

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"The program is designed to help experienced professionals, returning veterans, stay-at-home parents and others facing a career crossroads fine-tune their skills to fit the needs of small businesses, entrepreneurial start-ups, and non-profits.  Launched in 2009 by Ann Arbor SPARK and Sensei Change Associates, Michigan Shifting Gears is a unique opportunity for seasoned professionals and other transitioning job seekers to learn how to put their talent and experience to work in "new economy" career opportunities."

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DREAMJOB job summit coming to Ford Field in June

If you're in the professional job market, Ford Field is the place to be on June 13. After the interview, tour downtown workspaces, take part in a networking event, and even go to a Tigers game.

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"More than 80 Michigan employers from across the state will seek to fill more than 800 positions through an innovative matchmaking format that pairs qualified candidates with available job openings. Each employer will be stationed in its own booth for walk-ups and will have private space for interviews with candidates who have been pre-screened for the invitation-only matchup.

A comprehensive national advertising campaign, along with coordinated efforts with universities, associations and other talent resources will be mounted to attract resumes from qualified candidates. Jobs will be posted to an event-specific web portal – to be announced in coming weeks -- where candidates will be able to view and apply for one or more positions...

Participating companies include Quicken Loans, Whirlpool, Bosch, Lear, Delphi, Nissan, McCann Erickson, Roush, and Microsoft. These and other companies are seeking candidates for positions in a wide range of fields, including but not limited to: engineering, design, project management, supply chain management, finance, operations, sales, marketing and software development."

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Detroit companies get brand exposure at SXSW festival

It's too early to say yet, but the brand exposure for Metro Detroit companies, plus the MEDC's booth at SXSW, could pay big dividends in terms of sales and attracting more young professionals to Michigan.

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"The crush of people, brands and bands at the  South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, creates brand exposure, and this year Detroit companies, musicians, attorneys and advertising agencies were there to capitalize on the opportunity...

Joe McClure, co-owner of Detroit-based  McClure's Pickles, said he was asked by San Francisco-based Internet lodging site  Airbnb  to provide a palette, 60 cases, of its Bloody Mary mix to serve during SXSW for free....

Leslie Hornung, senior vice president of marketing, communications  and public relations for the  Michigan Economic Development Corp., said the MEDC spent about $200,000 from its business attraction campaign to have a booth on the conference floor during the technology-focused days at SXSW. 

Hornung said more than 1,000 young professionals visited the MEDC exhibit, many of whom were interested in learning about working in Detroit."

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Michigan has one of nation's largest unemployment rate drops in January

The job outlook is looking better all the time. Michigan fared better in its drop in the unemployment rate than most of the U.S., with the rate dropping .5% from Dec. 2013 to Jan. 2014, and 1.1% year-over-year.

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"The jobless rate fell significantly in 19 states, with the biggest declines in Louisiana, Michigan and Tennessee. Louisiana's slid to 4.9% from 5.4%; Michigan's, to 7.8% from 8.3%..."

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Forecast 2022: Where the nation's best jobs will be

Employment sector trends are mapped out in this interesting article that forecasts where the nation's plum jobs will be. By 2022, the creative class will become an increasingly larger share of the job market in Metro Detroit.

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"...Between 2012 and 2022, the U.S. will add 15.6 million new jobs, according to BLS projections, with the overall workforce growing by 10.8 percent from 145 to 161 million. Of these, 5.6 million will be high-wage, creative class positions. The creative class will grow by 12.5 percent, the highest rate of all groups...

By 2022, blue-collar jobs will make up less and less of the workforce in the old industrial heartland – 19 percent in Buffalo; 21 percent in Pittsburgh; and 21 percent in Detroit."

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MEDC to showcase Michigan's appeal for entrepreneurs, creatives at SxSW trade show

If you're an entrepreneur or creative, the annual SxSW festival is where it's at. The MEDC and other Michigan universities and organizations will be there in a bid to attract talent to relocate the Great Lakes State.

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"This is a timely and dynamic opportunity to meet and talk face-to-face with entrepreneurs and talented, creative people from around the world and persuade them to locate to Michigan to work and start a business," said Michael Finney, president of MEDC, the state's marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, including fostering tourism, film production, and digital-media projects and overall economic growth...

"Our goal at 'South by Southwest' is to elevate Michigan in the minds of the preeminent players redefining the business prospects derived from the confluence of media, technology, creators and consumer trends," said Finney. "And, of course, the 'Pure Michigan' brand creates a positive impression about quality of life in our state."

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New Economy Initiative receives $33M in funding for new entrepreneurial, workforce programs

A new round of funding is set to go towards entrepreneurial and workforce re-training efforts in the Detroit area.

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"The New Economy Initiative's goal is to return greater Detroit to global prominence in innovation and entrepreneurship, and the effort's organizers said Monday it is moving closer to accomplishing what it set out to do, with the help of $33.25 million in new funding from 10 foundations.

The NEI, a project of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, announced Monday that the funding will help support its efforts over the next three years, after awarding $76 million in grants in its first round of funding. That money helped fuel the work of some 35,000 entrepreneurs, who created more than 675 new companies and 8,000 new jobs in southeast Michigan, according to NEI organizers."

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Immigrants seen as way to shore up Detroit economy

Detroit may once again become the go-to city for highly-skilled immigrants.

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"For Detroit, a city that has watched a population in free fall, officials have a new antidote: immigrants.

Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan on Thursday announced plans to seek federal help in bringing 50,000 immigrants to the bankrupt city over five years as part of a visa program aimed at those with advanced degrees or exceptional abilities in science, business or the arts...

Mr. Snyder said demand already exists for experts in fields like engineering, technology and health care. And he noted that Michigan colleges and universities are home to tens of thousands of international students — many of whom, he said, ought not depart after graduation."

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How do you build an innovative, entrepreneurial community?

Anchor institutions are good. A well-developed community of small startups with young entrepreneurs is also good. A healthy mix of both seems to be best. But the devil is the details.
 
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"The study essentially argues that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to creating an innovative tech economy. Though civic boosters love to tout single-solution policies — by focusing on attracting one major tech firm, or by bolstering their start-up ecology — a mix of both approaches may be far more effective and prudent."
 
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Automakers go head-on with Silicon Valley to recruit talent

As cars become increasingly software-driven, the automakers are recasting themselves as promising venues for software engineers.

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"U.S. automakers have embarked on an ambitious drive to hire software "codaholics," an effort that is increasingly pitting Detroit against its technology partners in Silicon Valley...

Four years after a sweeping industry restructuring that included massive job cuts, Ford and its U.S. rivals need to hire thousands of engineers at a time when software is playing a much more prominent role in vehicle design than even a few years ago.

Millions of lines of computer code increasingly govern core vehicle functions like braking and air-conditioning. Electronic parts including sensors and microcontrollers, used in laptop computers and smartphones, are the backbone of such vehicles.

The shift has General Motors Co, Ford and Chrysler Group LLC vying for a new kind of talent — engineers with software, electronic and computer network skills — that has typically ignored Detroit...."

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At Maker Faire, anything flies

A Cloud Bean, an X-Wing, and a dining-table sized version of the Operation game were just a few of the don't-miss attractions at last weekend's Maker Faire at the Henry Ford. But if you did miss it, check out these cool images.
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