Chris Holman welcomed in Capital Area Michigan Works!'s Most Valueable Partner of the Month, as Christopher Sell, Executive Director of Lansing 5:01. He shares about the organization's mission and a great upcoming event for mid-Michigan.
Across the United States, trends demonstrate that young professionals and graduates from colleges and universities are moving to dense metropolitan areas, leaving smaller regions behind. Young workers migrate toward bigger cities because of more jobs, higher wages and other factors, such as restaurants and entertainment opportunities.
Michigan is experiencing this migration, too. More people left for other states than moved to Michigan between July 2014 to July 2015 – that’s to the tune of nearly 40,000 people in one year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. If we want to continue to grow Mid-Michigan, talent attraction and retention is critical.
Our region is uniquely positioned to keep and attract talent, with some of the brightest minds attending schools in Mid-Michigan at Michigan State University, Cooley Law School, Davenport and Lansing Community College. Losing talent hinders the growth of our region, and business leaders and community partners are implementing initiatives to showcase what Greater Lansing has to offer.
Last year, the Capital Area IT Council, Capital Area Michigan Works! and community partners hosted the inaugural talent attraction event called Capital Comeback. More than 60 professionals came to the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum to network with some of the brightest IT employers in the Lansing region.
This year, Lansing 5:01 is spearheading the event to showcase diverse employers beyond the IT industry, as well as the urban living and entertainment opportunities our region offers. This event is incredibly important to employers. The more people who move back home, the more diverse talent pool employers have to compete in a global economy.
On Wednesday, Nov. 22 from 6-8 p.m., Lansing 5:01 will welcome home professionals who are home for the Thanksgiving holiday at Capital Comeback. The event aims to connect former residents of Greater Lansing with the living, career and entertainment opportunities in a casual, contemporary networking setting at Cooley Law School Stadium in the heart of Lansing's Stadium District.
Returning professionals will learn firsthand about the dynamic urban career and living opportunities right here in the reinvigorated capital region while getting the chance to network with many of the region's premier employers.
“Lansing is home to a global economy, prestigious national headquarters, a renowned regional trail system, big-time athletics and world-class opportunities. There's also one-of-a-kind eateries, breweries and distilleries that enhance our community's nightlife and entertainment options,” said Chris Sell, executive director of Lansing 5:01. “We’re thrilled to be continuing the momentum from the first year of Capital Comeback.”
Capital Area Michigan Works! and the Capital Area IT Council are eager to continue to support talent attraction and retention events in Greater Lansing. It is critical to our future.
For more information or to register for Capital Comeback, please visit: http://www.lansing501.com/capitalcomeback.html Visit www.camw.org to connect with the Capital Area Michigan Works! team for assistance with career exploration or staffing needs. Capital Area Michigan Works!, a proud partner of the American Job Center network, offers services in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton counties at our Lansing, St. Johns and Charlotte American Job Centers.
Lansing 5:01 aims to be the go-to experience-maker for college students and young professionals in the Lansing region by offering a suite of unique events and resources to showcase Lansing's urban amenities and vibrant sense of place. Learn more about the organization at www.lansing501.com.
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