Hello {First Name}, We hope you enjoy our August 2017 Newsletter!
Celebrate The City of Monroe's Bicentennial
  Click here for some interesting history and pictures from the past.
Plan to Attend - Annual Fall Event
Registration for our annual fall event, "Focus On The Future," is open. Monroe County BDC will be co-hosting this year's event with Monroe County Community College on Wednesday, September 13, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at MCCC's La-Z-Boy Center. 

We are honored to welcome Doug Rothwell from Business Leaders for Michigan as our keynote speaker. He has worked as an executive in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, and for the past decade, has led the state's business roundtable - Business Leaders for Michigan.He is also the Chairperson of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Executive Committee.

Business Leaders for Michigan's seasoned business and education leaders came together to see what they could do to fix Michigan’s troubled economy. The result? The Michigan Turnaround Plan (MTP), a holistic, fact-based strategy for making Michigan a “Top Ten” state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. Lean about this plan, the foundation they have laid to build a New Michigan—a “Top Ten” state that produces more good jobs, higher incomes and a healthy economy.

Our agenda this year is packed, so please plan to join us and other Monroe County businesses and local officials as we share up-to-date information about our community and what is in store for our state!

Want to see the agenda and register now? ... CLICK HERE! 

Here are some photos taken at Focus On The Future 2016.
Legislation Passed to help Michigan
Michigan needed a more competitive tool to grow more good-paying jobs statewide and to take advantage of a surge of new investments coming back to the United States. And now legislation to help with that has passed!

To learn more about this initiative, plan on attending "Focus On The Future" and listen to our keynote speaker, Doug Rothwell. The BLM President and CEO stated, “We applaud the legislature for their bi-partisan support in passing this legislation which puts Michigan in a position to compete for some of the good paying jobs that have been going to other states.” 

“There were numerous  supporters in the House and Senate and a broad coalition of more than 65 local, regional and statewide community, business and labor organizations behind this effort — because of their efforts  Michigan can compete for and win more good jobs for our workers and families, resulting in a stronger economy and more robust neighborhoods and communities,” said Rothwell.

View the full press release for Good Jobs for Michigan here.
2045 Regional Transportation Plan for SE Michigan Underway
SEMCOG is seeking input from Southeast Michigan residents to aid development of the region’s long-range transportation plan. Identify travel issues, rate approaches to improving the system, and rank overall priorities. Results of this survey will be used to help shape priorities for the 2045 Regional Transportation Plan, which will describe billions of dollars of investment in the region’s transportation infrastructure and operations.

To learn more about our region's transportation system and to share your priorities, plan to attend one of the two sessions that will be held in Monroe County on September 18:
  • 1:00 to 2:30 pm, or
  • 6:00 to 7:30 pm  
Join Us - 2nd Manufacturing Day in Monroe County
Manufacturing Day 2017 is Friday, October 6. This is an annual event during which North American manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. Manufacturers are having a challenging time finding skilled workers needed and these jobs have been hindered by the public perception that careers in manufacturing are not desirable, when in fact these are high-quality, long-term rewarding careers.

Last year, the BDC partnered with both the Monroe County Intermediate School District and the Monroe County Community College to conduct the first ever Manufacturing Day in Monroe County! Over 100 Monroe County 8th grade students participated in tours of our local businesses.

See photos from last year on our Manufacturing Day 2017 flyer.

Do you want to open your doors this year and participate in Manufacturing Day 2017? Click on the button below to send Charlene Page an email to get more information (or phone her at 734-241-8081). 
A few more mentions ...
Paddle the Battlefield - Time is running out! The River Raisin National Battlefield Park is offering free kayaking excursions on Saturdays & Sundays in August. These events are open to the public and are being held to engage and draw awareness to the park's newest unit, Hull's Trace. Take advantage this opportunity! To find out more, click on the link above.
 >>> Are you interested in investing in the BDC?  If you are interested in contributing to the economic development of Monroe County or want to learn more, please give us a call (734-241-8081) or email us at bdc@monroecountybdc.org
Please feel free to contact us anytime!
Tim Lake | Charlene Page | LuAnn Hogberg