Greetings! We hope you enjoy our July 2018 Newsletter!
Monroe County's Lead Economic Development Organization geared up with a growth strategy for the 21st Century ...
Website Redesign
As with all good business decisions, redesigning a website should always start with a strategy.
As the lead economic development organization in M onroe County, our primary website objective was to continue to build brand identity, awareness and i nterest in our county as a place to locate and expand businesses and industries. We wanted to create a useful set of tools for site selectors and other prospects to include economic data, statistics, site of interests, incentive programs and other vital information. To be effective, we determined it must be easy and intuitive to navigate, visually pleasing, flexible, safe and secure, and quick to load and operate.
Property Search is one of our new features. It is streamlined to show Monroe County's commercial and industrial listings. The listings are provided via a relationship between the BDC and the Michigan Commercial Board of Realtors and their platform CPIX (Commercial Property Information Exchange).
We hope that you agree that our new website will present our visitors with a professional, informative design that portrays Monroe County's strength and credibility. As with any website, this is a work in progress. Please visit and let us know your thoughts!
The Marshall Plan: Invest, Develop, Attract Talent
If you have not had a chance to review the details of the recently released Marshall Plan for talent, we suggest you view the video below that was released from the Michigan Department of Talent & Economic Development. 
The Marshall Plan has provided some interesting factoids:
(1) 811,055 High-Demand Career openings through 2024*
  • 270,690 in Information Technology
  • 109,410 in Manufacturing
  • 212,247 in Healthcare
  • 56,287 in other Professional Trades
  • 162,421 in Business and Other
(2) $49,094,842,059 Potential earnings*
  • $20.8 Billion in Information technology
  • $6.1 Billion in Manufacturing
  • $7.5 Billion in Healthcare
  • $2.8 Billion in other Professional Trades
  • $11.9 Billion in Business and Other
Recently the Talent Development Pillar Team of the Monroe County Link Plan reviewed the Marshall Plan and discussed how to become more involved. Interestingly enough, we are ahead of curve when you look at the suggested talent consortium framework; the Link Plan already includes the majority of suggested partners.
Stay tuned as the Talent Development Pillar Team works to promote, inspire and design additional talent programs that provide Monroe County with a competitive advantage by continuing to provide and improve on a very talented workforce.
* DTMB, Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives, based on Workforce Intelligence Network and LMI Data
BDC Board Retirements
We celebrate the recent retirement of Ronald Sweat who has been on our Board of Directors since 2004. He served as Treasurer for many years.

Ron actually retired five years ago from the U.A. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local Union 671 where he served as Business Representative. He agreed to stay on our Board of Directors past this retirement.

We appreciate and commend his loyalty and service to Monroe County and the BDC. We wish him health and happiness!
We also celebrate the retirement of Gregory Meyer. Gregory has been a member of BDC's Board of Directors since May of 2017.

Greg announced his retirement from Consumers Energy as Community Manager for Southeast Michigan in June 2018. He spent over 35 years working in community relations and economic development within Monroe, Wayne and Washtenaw counties.

We appreciate Greg's service to Monroe County and the BDC. We wish him health and happiness as he steps into the next chapter of his life.
BDC Board Appointments
Michael Jewell will be filling Ron Sweat's seat as a BDC Board Member.

Mike was born and raised in Monroe. After graduating, he served in the US Navy. After his discharge, he was employed at a small UAW plant in Ypsilanti and in 1995, accepted an apprenticeship at U.A. Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 671 where he was awarded Journeyman status in 2000.

Mike has held various positions as a welder, licensed plumber, foreman and supervisor working for companies such as Monroe Plumbing & Heating managing large scale jobs like University of Michigan’s Kellogg Eye Center project and Ventower Industries, and also as a Mechanical Lead Supervisor at Fermi II Nuclear power plant.

He serves as Trustee for the Monroe Lenawee County AFL-CIO and in 2013, was elected Business Agent for Local 671 until May 2018. In May, he was elected to Manager/Financial Secretary Treasurer of Local 671 and serves in that capacity now.

Mike commented, "as a life time resident of Monroe County, I look forward to helping it grow and develop new businesses."

We welcome Mr. Jewell as a Board Member and look forward to all that his experience and expertise will bring to the BDC and Monroe County.
Stephanie Roehl will be replacing Gregory Meyer as a BDC Board Member.

Stephanie has spent more than 15 years in government relations, beginning her career in Washington, D.C. before moving to Michigan in 2014. Currently, Ms. Roehl is the Community Affairs Manager at Consumers Energy covering Wayne, Washtenaw and Monroe Counties in Southeast Michigan. Ms. Roehl works with key stakeholders, local governments and customers in the region, building relationships and partnerships between the communities and Consumers Energy. 

Before joining Consumers Energy, Stephanie managed the Political Action Committee (PAC) and provided government relations representation at ITC Holdings Corp. in Novi, Mich. During her tenure at ITC Holdings, Stephanie was instrumental in revamping the entire ITC PAC program; implementing a new communications and fundraising strategy.  

Stephanie began her career in Washington, D.C. at Wayne State University’s Office of Federal Affairs and has also worked for Van Scoyoc Associates, a top ten government relations firm in Washington, D.C. 

Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School and holds a certificate of completion from The American University Washington D.C. Semester Program in American Politics. She is a native of Southeast Michigan.

Stephanie commented, " I look forward to serving on the Monroe BDC Board and continuing the good work in Monroe County."

We welcome Ms. Roehl as a Board Member and look forward to her insights and contribution to the BDC and Monroe County.
Statistics on National MFG Day 2018
A recent study by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte revealed that more than 8 out of 10 Americans acknowledge the importance of the manufacturing industry but less than one-third of those surveyed would encourage their children to pursue a manufacturing career due to concerns around job security and stability, weak career paths, and poor pay.

As anyone close to the modern manufacturing industry knows, these concerns couldn’t be further from reality! So what can you do?

Monroe County Manufacturers, participate in MFG Day 2018! Open your doors and open the minds of your future workforce. Show them the exciting careers that exist in their backyards. We have a team which includes the BDC, Monroe County Intermediate School District, teachers and business representatives, who will work together to make this event a success. And, to say the least, this event would not be possible without the participation of our Monroe County manufacturing businesses.

Contact LuAnn for more information and to join the list of Monroe County manufacturers who are participating in our county’s 3rd MFG Day on October 5, 2018.  Download flyer .
And, there is more ...
> Business Leaders for Michigan announced this month the formation of a diverse cross-section of representatives from Michigan's business, education management, education labor, philanthropy, and state and community leaders aligned behind improving outcomes for K-12 education in Michigan. This initiative is entitled Launch Michigan and the goal is to turn our state into a leader in
educational excellence with lasting, research-driven strategies that transcend politics and election cycles. Learn more by following the links above.
>> Earlier this month, the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority ( WDBA) announced that Bridging North America has been selected to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the Gordie Howe International Bridge. Proposals were submitted by 3 teams and they were selected following evaluation of the RFP's.

Bridging North America has selected a cable-stayed bridge design for the Gordie Howe International Bridge (drawing above). With a main span of 853 meters, this will be the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America with towers reviling the height of the Renaissance Centre. The bridge will provide six lanes and improved border processing at one of the busiest trade corridors between Canada and the United States.This bridge will be a landmark structure for this region and across North America. 
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