It’s that time again! This week, the Center for Michigan is beginning our next round of public discussions that we call Community Conversations, and we are coming to a community near you. This Conversation campaign is titled “Getting to work: Opportunity and hurdles to prosperity in Michigan.” We believe this will be the largest public discussion to date about the Michigan workforce experience. Issues related to Michigan’s job market are deeply rooted in the lives of many residents, and this vast landscape is rapidly changing.
Because of this topic’s importance, we have structured this conversation in a way that will allow us to collect the most meaningful data possible. This is why the Center is going to do something we’ve never done before; we’re dividing our conversation for focused audiences. We have structured the conversation into three separate parts, which we are calling modules. Each module covers a specific aspect of workforce development, which we will use to collect input Michigan residents directly impacted by the issues discussed.
Our module subjects include career navigation, college value and affordability, and challenges to upward mobility.
We need your help! We’re seeking hosts for these critically important discussions. As a host, you’d need only to choose which module you would like to discuss, the date, time, and location of the Conversation, and invite 20-50 people to attend. Center for Michigan staff will moderate your discussion and collect your ideas, priorities, and hopes and fears related to Michigan’s job market. The data shared in Conversations across the state will be shared with Michigan’s leaders. They will also become the basis for a second round of discussions in Fall 2015 that will focus on solutions to the top concerns and priorities identified in these Conversations.
Interested in learning more about how to bring a Community Conversation to your town? Contact the Center for Michigan’s public engagement team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-926-4285.