Michigan Prosperity Agenda: Attracting and Retaining Talent Vital to Michigan’s Future
Program Explores How to Make a Better Michigan
Do you know a recent college graduate who left Michigan for Chicago, Portland, Austin or some other community? When they left did they even have a job secured? Michigan continues to lose its college graduates at a rate higher than many other states. On this month’s Prosperity Agenda radio show on News/Talk 760 WJR we explored why this is happening and what can be done to retain and attract talent in Michigan. The Michigan Prosperity Agenda is a monthly radio show that challenges listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play by creating vibrant and prosperous local communities. It has aired on News/Talk 760 WJR since 2010.
The hour-long radio program is hosted by Dan Gilmartin, CEO of the Michigan Municipal League (the League). The show is sponsored by the League and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The League’s next show airs 7 p.m., January 28 on News/Talk 760 WJR and focuses the importance of attracting and retaining talent to our state and businesses. You also listen any time by clicking the links below.
Dan Gilmartin, executive director and CEO of the Michigan Municipal League, explains that the Prosperity Agenda radio show is about challenging listeners to help make Michigan a better place to live, work and play. Gilmartin said having vibrant and prosperous local communities is a key factor.
- Dan Gilmartin explains this month’s show. (56 seconds)
Nancy Kaffer is an award-winning reporter and columnist who writes for the Detroit Free Press. Her work has taken her across the country. Prior to her work at the Detroit Free Press, Nancy wrote for Crain's Detroit Business. Co-host for this Michigan Prosperity Agenda, Kaffer discusses the city of Detroit and what is being done to attract and retain young talent in the city.
- Kaffer explains that young people want to live a car-free life, but Michigan’s transit system falls far short in providing that. How the state chooses to support cities will be key in moving forward and attracting and retaining talent. (7:21)
Steve Arwood is Director of the Talent and Economic Development department of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Arwood discusses the new department announced by Governor Snyder in December, and talks about some big picture efforts the state is making to help keep young talent in Michigan.
- State government is looking at ways it can better serve citizens and combining departments and creating more efficiencies is one way to do that, Arwood said. Arwood’s daughter recently graduated from college and he talks about her decision to either leave or stay in Michigan. (9:20)
Tim Greimel is serving his second full term in the House of Representatives and second term as leader of the Democratic Caucus. He represents the 29th District which includes Auburn Hills, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake Village, Pontiac and Sylvan Lake. Greimel joins this month’s Michigan Prosperity Agenda to discuss what he sees as key priorities for the 2015 Michigan Legislature as well as his views on Michigan’s reputation as a “brain drain” state as recent grads leave for cities like Chicago.
- Being more socially conservative in Michigan has hurt Michigan’s ability to attract and retain talent. Greimel suggests some ways to reverse this trend. (10:23)
Frank Audia is one of the group Managing Partners at Plante Moran, where he specializes in providing auditing, accounting and consulting services to commercial, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. Audia joins us to discuss Plante Moran’s experience with hiring young talent in Michigan and the obstacles the company has faced when trying to make a hire.
- Southfield-based Plante Moran reopened an office in downtown Detroit several years ago as part of its effort to attract and retain talent. Audia explains the impact of this move on the company and other things companies are doing in this area. (9:49)