Retraining a workforce; How Michigan and other regions are working to keen their workforce relevant.

Position:Attract, Retrain and Retain Talent
 
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Michigan currently has an effort underway to retain its workforce and help it adapt to a changing economy. Michigan Regional Skills Alliances (MiRSA) are part of a larger strategy to develop public/ands industry clusters.

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MiRSAs adopt a sectoral approach to organizing workforce development. Local economies are broken down by key industry sectors and realistic labor markets, to evaluate current and forecasted skill requirements. When a workforce problem common to a group of employers in a key industry within a labor market is identified, a MiRSA is formed to address the issue. The MiRSA initiative was announced by Governor Jennifer Granholm in her State of the State address in January 2004.

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Some of the industries where MiRSAs have been formed in include:

* Health Care

* Manufacturing and Advanced Manufacturing

* Hospitality & Tourism

* Construction

* Forestry, Timber & Agriculture

* Information Technology

* Utilities

* Biotechnology

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