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Planning and Economic Development

Macomb County I4.0 plan looks to leave no business behind

Bringing all companies into the digital manufacturing age is paramount not only to the survival of each individual business, but also the future of Macomb County and the state of Michigan. A business must be agile and understand the available state-of-the-art technologies that can transform their company to compete globally now and into the future.

Macomb County businesses assist with Project DIAMOnD effort to help Ukraine

When Project DIAMOnD was formed in October 2020 to provide small- to medium-sized businesses with free 3D printers, it was done with the understanding that, in case of an emergency, those companies would drop everything to use those printers to provide aid. So when the urgent call came from Ukraine that supplies were needed to produce 100,000 tourniquets for wounded soldiers and civilians, Project DIAMOnd stepped up. Learn about Macomb County-based businesses lending their support in this Macomb Business blog.

R&E Automated helps children through DRIVE at Romeo Mayfest and with Blessings In A Backpack

On the surface, Romeo’s annual Mayfest looks like a fun, family focused event that welcomes the return of warm weather. But behind the scenes, Mayfest is much more – a fundraising event that helps children and many others. Learn more about the event, and how local business R&E Automated is involved, in this Macomb Business blog.

MCPED Director Vicky Rowinski on Economic Development Week 2022

In this special Macomb Business blog, MCPED Director Vicky Rowinski writes about Economic Development Week, why she pursued the profession and how it makes a significant impact on our community.

MCPED plays host to Industry 4.0 workshop

Industry, education and technology came together in late April for the second Macomb Next Industry 4.0 Workshop at the historic Packard Proving Grounds. Learn more about the event and tune in to the video feed from that morning in this Macomb Business blog.

How to host a job shadow experience

As part of our Fueling the Talent Pipeline initiative, our department is in the midst of encouraging employers of all types to host a high school student for a “Job Shadow” experience. Lasting between four to eight hours, it enables students to see a “day in the life” in a career that they are interested in pursuing. Read on to get a beyond-the-scenes look at a recent job shadow in our office and to find out how you can get involved too.

Job Shadow 101

Job Shadow 101

Job shadowing is an educational activity in which students spend time learning about a specific job or industry. They interact with professionals on the job while observing actual operations and procedures and gain an understanding of the company’s culture. The primary focus is to explore potential career interests.

Offenders learn vocational skills through Department of Corrections program

A Michigan Department of Corrections program is allowing Macomb County businesses to hire former offenders who have learned skilled trades, achieved certification and are bonded for the protection of the employer, once the offender has been released. If your business needs a workforce boost, continue reading to learn about this innovative program and a former Macomb County offender who turned his life around with the help of a similar program. Your next hire could be a Vocational Village graduate!

Client Spotlight - GirlBoss: Women Entrepreneurs

In this new 'Client Spotlight' feature, we'll highlight local businesses and their important/creative work. We'll also detail how Macomb County Planning and Economic Development has provided assistance along the way. Today's spotlight: GirlBoss Women Entrepreneurs.

Defense industry plays major role in Macomb's economy

With major advancements in manufacturing spurring the area, Macomb County is considered home to the defense industry in Michigan. In 2020, over $5 billion in federal contracts were awarded to companies in Michigan. More than 60 percent of those dollars, a little over $3.2 billion, went to companies located in Macomb. That’s almost 6,000 contracts awarded to 715 companies. Impressive, right?

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