“Macomb2Macomb” event at Macomb Community College highlights career opportunities

Tonight our department will be represented at Macomb Community College’s “Macomb2Macomb” event at the University Center in Clinton Township.

Coordinated by the college’s Career Services Office, our purpose is to interact with students about future job possibilities here within our department.

We will bring copies of the brand-new Macomb Momentum magazine and talk about how it represents a portion of our efforts to promote Macomb County as a great place to live, play and work.  We’ll also have lots of Lake St. Clair “Circle the Lake Tour” maps to distribute as well as to talk about our efforts to move the Macomb County Blue Economy Initiative forward.

A big map of Macomb County on an easel will help us talk with students about our work to help communities develop and update master plans, attract new businesses (like Jimmy John’s Field) and the types of services our Geographic Information System (GIS) group provides to others.

We are also going to bring copies of some of our targeted industry reports covering the sectors of advanced manufacturing, automotive, aerospace, defense and blue economy.  Not only will these publications help us describe our work to understand what drives our economy, but also as a way that we can describe some of the many great companies that there are to work for in Macomb County.

We are looking forward to networking with the other county departments that will be there to represent the careers they offer.  More importantly, we are glad to be involved in inspiring the next generation to be excited about the career opportunities that await them here in Macomb County.

If you are a Macomb Community College student planning to attend, please be sure to stop by the Department of Planning & Economic Development table and say hello!

Zardis, Maria IMG_0089Maria Zardis is the program manager for the Business Outreach and Communications Group for the Macomb County Department of Planning & Economic Development.


Macomb County continues to add jobs – breaks 15 year record

The most recent jobs update from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows Macomb County gained 767 jobs last month and 15,803 total so far in 2016.

Under the new executive form of government, since Macomb County Executive Mark A. Hackel took office in January 2011, Macomb County has gained 54,905 jobs. In January 2015, the county started off with 383,739 jobs. August figures for 2016 show 410,639 Macomb County residents are employed. This is the highest number of people employed in Macomb County in more than 15 years, dating back to March 2001 when 412,364 people were employed.

“Seven straight years of continued job growth is a clear sign that Macomb County is able to compete in a globally competitive market,” said Executive Hackel. “Our manufacturers are designing and creating the products that will revolutionize the future of mobility.”

The updated job numbers continue the streak of seven continuous years of job growth in Macomb County. More jobs have been added every year since the height of the recession in 2009, when 350,776 people in the county were working. The county peaked in job numbers in May 1999, when 437,251 were employed. At that time, unemployment was at a mere 2.7 percent.

Posavetz, Nick IMG_0221Nick Posavetz is a senior planner for Macomb County, often providing content for the Macomb Business and Make Macomb Your Home websites and associated social media accounts. If you have something you’d like to feature, reach out to him at posavetz@macombgov.org.

New business portal gives entrepreneurs resources to succeed

The Library of Michigan is pleased to announce that MeL Business, http://mel.org/business, the newly redesigned business portal of the Michigan eLibrary, has debuted. The portal is designed to better assist business services consultants and librarians who work with business owners and entrepreneurs as well as those who want to start a business and work with the resources on their own and on their own time.

MeL Business incorporates a series of four videos in which librarians, business services consultants and actual entrepreneurs talk about how using MeL’s business eResources helps them to Start. Grow. Support. Succeed. Those interested can watch these videos on the portal page to find out how MeL Business can work for you or go to MeL’s YouTube channel. MeL’s subscription eResources—available at no cost to all Michigan residents—are showcased on the MeL Business homepage along with targeted websites, selected business support partner organizations, and a Twitter feed from business support organizations.  This makes for an excellent launch pad for contributing to economic development in your area.

On Sept. 13, MeL hosted a Twitter Chat on MeL Business which was a huge success.  Business services partners and participants chatted about entrepreneurship and how doing research and finding data using MeL resources is critical in both starting and developing a business in Michigan. Reach MeL using Twitter and use the hashtag #MeLBizChat.

Deb Renee Biggs, Michigan eLibrary Coordinator & Library Consultant