Greetings! We hope you enjoy our February 2017 Newsletter!

Another Successful Event
Monroe County’s 2nd Career Technical Education (CTE) Expo was held February 2 at the Monroe County Intermediate School District.
The CTE Expo is a result of the work done by the CTE Ad Hoc Committee, which consists of all nine Monroe County Superintendents and the school districts they represent, the Monroe County Business Development Corporation (BDC) and several business’ representatives, the Monroe County Community College, and the Monroe County Intermediate School District (ISD).

This year's Expo consisted of CTE instructors & students demonstrating and answering questions on the programs being offered next fall at our local area high schools. Students attending 8th and above and their parents were encouraged to attend.

Congratulations to Jennifer LaDuke, Monroe County ISD’s Director of CTE. Your hard work and dedication to to this successful program and event are evident. Watch a video detailing more about the CTE program, compliments of Monroe County ISD's production team.

This program allows students in districts that are unable to offer classes like manufacturing technologies, welding and auto service technician an opportunity to attend while taking their core classes at their school. Resource sharing just makes sense.

If attendance is any indication, there is demand from both the students and parents to explore CTE programs that lead to careers and college. From our work with existing Monroe County manufacturers, we certainly know there is demand for the training these instructors are providing our future skilled trades workforce.

If your business would like to participate in this program with job sharing opportunities, etc., please contact Charlene Page at our office or Jennifer LaDuke at Monroe County ISD.

Brownfield Site Legislation
Most communities in Michigan have brownfield sites which include contaminated land, empty factories, or vacant malls. These sites are empty sites that are too costly to redevelop.  We need a way to help communities with resources to help return these areas to thriving new developments.

Click on the Michigan Thrive logo above to learn more about this initiative and the legislation that is critical to our economic future, legislation that will unlock $5 billion in new investment to help transform empty brownfield sites across the state into new developments. This new development is necessary to revitalize our downtowns, waterfronts, and main streets. It is necessary for Michigan to keep our best and brightest, to attract talent and business to our state, and to grow our economy. 

The Monroe County BDC joined 39 other economic development organizations, local municipalities and chamber of commerces in supporting this legislation. Tim Lake commented,  "we currently have over 2 million square feet in under utilized or vacant  manufacturing space that may benefit this type of performance based economic incentive." 

A package of bills have cleared the Senate Economic Development and International Investment Committee and is expected to be voted on by the full Senate in the next few days. Assuming successful passage it will then be assigned to a House Committee for their consideration.  

Richard A. Sieb
Since Monroe County 's Bicentennial is this year, it only seems appropriate that we reflect on BDC's history. We have some investors that have been with us since our inception and they are "still going strong" supporting our mission.

Since 1982, Richard Sieb from Sieb Plumbing & Heating has been on our Board of Directors at the BDC. His family immigrated to the United States from Germany and they chose to settle in Monroe. The business was started back in 1868 by his great grandfather, Mattias Sieb.

Dick served as president in the Jay-Cees, served as a Monroe County Commissioner for 14 years, and was Mayor of Monroe for 2 terms.  He recognized that Monroe County had no one that supported and retained our businesses and jobs, or helped bring new industry to our area.  So, a group of businessmen got together and formed the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) which later became known as Monroe County BDC. 

Dick stated that, "The BDC is a great tool to help industry grow in Monroe County.  With one organization, rather than each city and township having their own, we serve all at minimal cost. The Monroe BDC is a great organization with great leadership and a Board of Directors that are concerned and dedicated. They will continue to make Monroe County grow and create new jobs."

We are thankful and very appreciative for Dick's dedication to Monroe County and the BDC.

Welcome our New Investor ... 
We welcome Bullard Company as a new Monroe County Investor! To learn more about this company and their history, please click here to visit their website!
More news  ...
> Attention Monroe County BDC Investors, an invitation to our Annual Investors' Meeting was emailed to you. Plan to attend our meeting on Wednesday, March 8, and learn more about Gatehouse Media and their plans for our long-time running Monroe News! If you have any questions, please feel free to give us a call.

>> P lan to attend the Business & Industry Safety Expo to learn about MiOSHA updates and requirements for your business. Being held at the Monroe County Community College on March 16, 8:30 am-12 pm, this event will feature Nella Davis-Ray, Director of the MiOSHA CET Program who will provide an update on MiOSHA regulations. The event will also include vendor booths showcasing the latest in industrial safety equipment and services. Registration is required and there is a $5 fee. Click on the links here to see flyer or register:  Safety Expo Flyer, Safety Expo Registration. If you have any questions, please contact Charlene Page.

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