Steve Arwood hopes to double down on Michigan’s talent attraction and retention efforts in 2017. The CEO of Lansing-based Michigan Economic Development Corp. sees the demand for skilled workers all over the state and hopes that his organization can help to create an effective talent pipeline. Moreover, the MEDC sees itself playing a large-scale role in the state’s development of high-technology transportation.
"Since December 2010, Michigan has added over 480,000 private-sector jobs. Because of the dynamic economic growth and private investment of the last five years, there is an ever-increasing demand for talent, including high-paying jobs and skilled-trades work. While there is a talent shortage, Michigan ranks first in the U.S. in the concentration of industrial designers and engineers. We will continue to deploy efforts to retain this talent in Michigan. 2017 will be a year where we give strong focus to our vocational education programs at the high school level and market to parents and students that great careers are available across the entire economy for those that wish to pursue high-value career-ready skills. … In late November, we held a formal groundbreaking at the American Center for Mobility (in Willow Run), which will serve as a state-of-the-art global center for testing, education and product development for connected and automated vehicles. All of these areas will see further advances in 2017. Our goal is to remain the clear global leader in this area." - Steve Arwood, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corp.