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Michigan’s moving forward to establish its Marshall Plan for Talent – a statewide commitment to invest, develop and attract talent in the more technical lines of work.

IPPSR’s Wednesday, April 18 Public Policy Forum presented the Marshall Plan for Talent and review its key elements and future direction.

The Marshall Plan for Talent calls on tight collaboration between education and business sectors to fill a talent gap found in the Great Lakes region’s leading industries. Manufacturing, energy and healthcare industries are pursuing highly skilled, high-tech workers in an effort to create a national model for buildng an environment set on innovation.

"The plan has strong implications for Michigan’s families and their economic successes,” said AnnMarie Schneider, IPPSR’s director for program planning and policy education.

The Forum discussion focused on how the Marshall Plan for Talent effects educators and students, how current employees are trained and move in to new information technology jobs, computer science occupations and manufacturing’s high tech trades.

Panelists included:

  • Jeremy Hendges, Chief Deputy Director, Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development (TED).
  • Robert Floden, Dean, MSU College of Education.
  • Garth Motschenbacher, Director of Employer Relations for Undergraduate Programs, MSU College of Engineering, MSU Career Services Network.
  •  Luann Dunsford, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan WORKS! Association.

Please see their presentations online at

One more Public Policy Forum remains on the spring calendar. IPPSR will host a Forum on Michigan Foster Care, on Wednesday May 2, 2018. All IPPSR Forums take place in the Mackinac Room, 5th floor of the Cora Anderson House Office Building (HOB) at 124 N. Capitol Avenue in downtown Lansing. Reserve online or call 517-355-6672 to register.

IPPSR is part of MSU’s College of Social Science and is the home for the Michigan Political Leadership Program, the Office for Survey Research, the State of the State Survey, State of the State Podcast , Michigan Policy Insiders Panel and the Correlates of State Policy.