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Letter from Chris Rishko, CEO

Chris Rishko
Chris Rishko

Letter from Chris Rishko, CEO

It’s been a great week for Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! and area employers! Two significant state grant programs will bring millions of dollars to the area to help train and develop the current and future workforce our region needs to be competitive.

Just yesterday, we learned Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! has been awarded $1.8 million in Going Pro Talent Fund grants for 52 employers in five counties for training new and existing employees. The funds will be used by employers for training in areas like leaning manufacturing, inventory management, blueprint reading, advanced safety, welding, and accounting. Read more about Going Pro Talent Funds in this issue.

Also announced this week was Governor Snyder’s Marshall Plan for Talent grant award recipients.  Two regional partnerships we helped convene have been granted over $7.4 million to address the talent gap by connecting employers and K-20 students to high demand, skilled technical jobs. Saginaw Intermediate School District (in partnership with Muskegon Intermediate School District) and Gratiot-Isabella RESD were both on the receiving end of the grant process. Both organizations turned to Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works! for vital labor market information and training connections when submitting their successful grants. Learn more about the Marshall Plan for Talent in this issue.

At Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!, we specialize in serving our region’s employers, driving innovative solutions for their hiring challenges. These are just two examples of  how our talent expertise — and the power of partnerships and collaboration — creates results!

Join me in celebrating this great news.


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