Gov. Snyder Creates New Agency To Focus On Michigan Talent

(WLNS) – Saying developing Michigan talent is one of his top priorities, today Governor Snyder issued an executive order creating the Department of Talent and Economic Development.

The order also creates the Michigan Talent Investment Agency, as well as restructuring several existing state departments. Snyder took the executive action to leverage Michigan’s ability to build talent with in-demand skills while helping state businesses grow and thrive by putting job creation and economic development efforts under one new department.

“One of my top priorities has been to make Michigan a national leader in talent development by focusing on workforce training for the jobs of today and tomorrow,” Snyder said.
“That effort will require a comprehensive, unified approach to best help Michiganders while working to retain and attract businesses to create more and better jobs. Our state has made great strides. Now is the time to keep moving forward, taking the next steps to ensure Michigan’s resurgence will continue long into the future.”

The Talent Investment Agency will coordinate all programs across the executive branch of government involving jobs preparedness, career-based education, skilled trades training, incumbent worker training, employment assistance, STEM training programs and programs targeted at the structurally unemployed.

Steve Arwood, MEDC executive vice president and chief operating officer, will serve as director of the new Department of Talent and Economic Development. He will serve as a member of the governor’s Cabinet. Stephanie Comai, deputy director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, will be director of the Talent Investment Agency and will serve as a member of the Cabinet.

It is expected that the new department and agency will begin operations 60 days after the start of the new legislative session.

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