Where in the world is The Center for Michigan?


Beginning in December, the Center for Michigan’s public engagement team has been traveling the state to facilitate Community Conversations about jobs and workforce development. These discussions, titled “Getting to work: Opportunity and hurdles to success in Michigan,” have gathered more than 350 people in more than 30 cities across our state to date. In these Conversations, participants have shared their experiences, ideas, and priorities related to three work-focused topics: career navigation, college value and affordability, and challenges to upward mobility. And we’re just getting started! We will be coming to communities near you through May 31.

Where we’ve been

In the last two weeks, the Center has facilitated Community Conversations in Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Bad Axe, Lansing, Wayne, Allegan, Port Huron, Midland, Fenwick, and Dearborn.

Where we’re going

In the next two weeks, we’re holding Conversations in Petoskey, Allegan, Lansing, Detroit, West Branch, Caro, Grand Rapids, and Flint. To find a Conversation to attend near your home, visit the Center for Michigan’s Community Conversation calendar. Keep checking back; we’re adding new Conversations weekly.

How to host

If you are interested in learning more about how to bring a Community Conversation to your town, contact Outreach Director Amber DeLind at 734-926-4285 or adelind@thecenterformichigan.net. In particular, we are seeking additional Conversation hosts for our career navigation and college value and affordability Conversation modules. We are particularly seeking opportunities to speak with high school juniors and seniors and/or their families, college or vocational students and/or their families, recent graduates, and those who assist these individuals with their career and training choices.

How to participate from anywhere

If you are unable to attend an in-person Conversation, fear not! You can share your voice from the comfort of your own home or on the go from your mobile device through the online version of our Community Conversations. Share this convenient citizenship tool with your friends, family and neighbors—your voice really does matter!

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Fri, 03/06/2015 - 10:31pm
What a pitty you seem to lack knowledge about the Upper Peninsula.
Centrist seekin...
Sun, 03/08/2015 - 7:46am
Leslie please consider being part of the solution to the UP topic you've raised. The article offers that opportunity. If you are in the UP, make it happen. If you are not in the UP, consider that as a potential reason why no outreach is planned for the UP.
Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:39am
It's more pitiful! It is indefensible!!! Since moving to MI's upper pennisula in 2001, and having lived in three other states, I am always dumbfounded by the level of disparity of resources and respect between the two pennisulas. It is just wrong on so many levels. This is just another example of the erosion of democracy in this country. We tried to form a more perfect union. Instead we have created a two tiered system based on economics. When anyone uses those empty words "we can't afford..." I think "we as a democracy cannot afford..." Whether it's funding for schools, roads, libraries, or the expenses required to include those in the fringes of our communities (ie. Yoopers) we cannot afford to do nothing! These are the foundation upon which our democracy exists! I really struggle w the arrogance of the Bridge. Once again, the level of ignorance on many of these issues is so obvious. To leave out the UP is just another example of the insular thinking of the Bridge. That bus should have started in Bessemer!
Sun, 03/08/2015 - 8:44am
Hi Leslie, Thanks for your interest in our community conversations. We'll actually be in the UP for 5 conversations the week of March 30. Please check our conversation calendar in the link above and sign up to attend one! We hope to see you there.
Sun, 03/08/2015 - 12:49pm
What happened to Alpena? I participated in one of them a few years back. Love to see you visit our fair city. R.L.
Amber DeLind
Fri, 03/13/2015 - 9:46am
Hi R.L! We'd love to come back to Alpena! Do you have any recommendations for organizations who would be willing to host a conversation? If so, please send them to me at adelind@thecenterformichigan.net or 734-926-4285. Thank you! Amber