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The Michigan Opportunity
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
An economic development podcast featuring candid conversations with business leaders across Michigan.
3 days ago
Ep.33 Brian Connors, Partner, Due East Advisors
*Discover How International Business Development Drives Local Job Creation from “Due East” Asian Regions, including China and Taiwan!* Join Brian Connors, Partner, Due East Advisors, who works with companies from Mainland China and Taiwan, as he has a conversation with our host Ed Clemente about the critical role they play in the expanding world of foreign direct investment. Learn about their team of bilingual experts and about how the MEDC works to attract international businesses to Michigan. Learn how this Harvard-educated entrepreneur with boots on the ground in Beijing learned how to build relationships through the small businesses he owned and operated there. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Oct 13, 2021
Ep.32 Quentin L. Messer, Jr., MEDC CEO and President and Chair of the Michigan Strategic Fund
*Listen to MEDC’s CEO lay out his 4-point plan for Michigan’s continued economic recovery, some words of wisdom for Michiganders, businesses and communities for strategic growth opportunities.* Join Quentin Messer, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, President and Chair - Michigan Strategic Fund and host Ed Clemente as they discuss his strategic 4-point plan to keep moving Michigan’s economic development needle. Some excellent career advice boiled down to three key guidelines and insight on career path advancement. Quentin shares his passion and his focus on “getting it done!” by raising the tide for all people and communities in the state of Michigan. He also gives us his view of the state on his whirlwind travels to all the corners of the state, of the great people, organizations, companies, and communities that make up the tapestry of Michigan. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Oct 6, 2021
Ep.31 JoAnn Crary - President, Saginaw Future
*“Saginaw Future”, where its headed, success stories and economic opportunities for the Great Lakes Bay Region.* Join JoAnn Crary, President of Saginaw Future, and host Ed Clemente as they discuss Saginaw area economic opportunities. Learn about the unique ecosystem of Saginaw and the balance between urban business district, agriculture, and manufacturing. She also serves on many other organizations, including being on board for Saginaw Valley State University, helping assist one of her top priorities of talent retention and attraction. Also, she has been actively involved in the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) especially in Inclusive Economic Development. They also chat about the great history of Michigan-based Hemlock Semiconductor as well as other businesses in the Great Lakes Bay Region. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Sep 29, 2021
Ep.30 - Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II
*Lt. Governor Gilchrist II mission to help leverage technology as a tool to help those in need and help close the Digital Divide.* Join Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist II and host Ed Clemente as they discuss his early passion for technology and at 16 years old starting a computer Lab in a Detroit Rec Center. This helped guide him to get UM degrees in Computer Science & Engineering. Which led him to Microsoft in Washington State and becoming a tech entrepreneur in the process. Also, some of his initiatives in our nation’s capital. Learn about his passion for helping those underserved communities and the imperative of the digital divide and how this was accelerated during the pandemic. A guest on our podcast, happened to have his very own, award-winning podcast as well. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Sep 22, 2021
Ep.29 - Naheed Huq of Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC)
*How SEMCOG & MAC will change the face of southeast Michigan for Shared Prosperity, Economic Development and expose its New Future!* Join Naheed Huq and host Ed Clemente as they discuss a wide variety of topics from what are SEMCOG and MAC and what they’re doing to support communities and workforce development in southeast Michigan. They discuss the challenges facing talent training, retention and attraction, digital divide, and other workforce issues, including how local governments are handling disruption and change in the new economy. Also, a discussion about Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) and how and why it was created. They touch on the region’s shared prosperity for a resilient economy and how it is being implemented. Additionally, how they are approaching the New Future of Southeast Michigan series. Listen in to hear all of the work going into building a more resilient, diverse, and equitable economy in the state’s seven-county southeast region. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Sep 15, 2021
Ep.28 - Damian Porcari, Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office
*Find out who was the “Real McCoy,” the real world of patents and inventions and where the trends are heading.* The Elijah J. McCoy Midwest Regional Office (MWRO) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is located in Detroit serving Michigan and eight additional states. Their goal is to promote innovation and stimulate the economy by connecting entrepreneurs to government resources, supporting students and teachers through our STEM education programs — including professional development for teachers, gathering feedback from regional stakeholders, and recruiting diverse talent from the region. Join Damian Porcari and host Ed Clemente as he highlights the differences between a patent and a trademark, including international patents, his unique story, and how it led him to jobs with the U.S. Army and Ford Motor Company. We also get some history of the creation of the patent office and famous inventors, most importantly, Elijah McCoy. Along the way we also get some insights about future trends in patents and inventions. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Sep 8, 2021
Ep.27 - Vicki Selva of Michigan Defense Center
*The Michigan Defense Center: From Arsenal of Democracy to Arsenal of Innovation, Building a Good Offense!* Join Vicki Selva and host Ed Clemente as they navigate a course though Michigan’s rich historic relationships with the U.S. Defense Department in some of the state's core industries including manufacturing, mobility, aerospace and others. The Michigan Defense Center focuses on the support, protection and growth of Michigan’s defense and homeland security missions and the Michigan businesses that support them. The MDC acts as a liaison between the state and defense interests in the federal government, academia and the defense community and supporting organizations. Nearly 4,000 Michigan businesses, in every corner of Michigan are currently serving the defense industry and there’s room for more. Vicki highlights some of the companies already here as well as how emerging technologies from Michigan companies are the keystone of future growth in Michigan. She points out the opportunities and resources MEDC offers Michigan companies to assist them in contracting with the U.S. government and large companies, whether in cybersecurity, manufacturing, Industry 4.0, DARPA and others. If you're a veteran, there are opportunities for you at many levels for career or entrepreneurship too. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Sep 1, 2021
Ep.26 - Heather Grondin of Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority
*Building Bridges: The Future Between Canada & the United States, maybe thanks to “Mr. Hockey”* Join Heather Grondin and host Ed Clemente as they take a brief international trip (maybe by foot or bike soon!) through the history of this project, as well as all the complexities of building a cross border bridge in today’s modern world. Created in 2012, Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) is a not-for-profit Crown Corporation, which reports to Parliament through the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. WDBA, a public private partnership (P3), is responsible for the delivery of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. Learn about the project’s progress for this enormous development, understand the community benefits as they unfold, and how entrepreneurs can leverage this massive economic impact on both sides of the border. Understand the historic and mutually beneficial economic relationship between these two countries, why it’s one of the busiest border crossings in the world, and how it plays into the evolving world of global supply chains, logistics, connectivity and mobility. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Aug 25, 2021
Ep.25 - Ray Lozano of Mexicantown Community Development Corporation
*Mexicantown: How an already vibrant community is moving into a 21st century High Tech region.* In 1989, a group of Latino community leaders with expertise in business development and training, unified in the mission to create a Latino-owned and operated agency, Mexicantown CDC. Join Ray Lozano,* *Executive Director*,* and host Ed Clemente to learn about how this very diverse community is evolving with support from many non-profits and private and public groups working together to solidify this Southwest Detroit region. Learn how the Ford Motor Company mobility innovation district in Corktown, located around the renewed Michigan Central Station, is also affecting the rest of the Southwest region in how they live, work and play. Discover the interesting biography of our guest from his challenging Latino roots, on being a Vietnam Veteran, and running the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, his work with DTE and his many other career paths. Mr. Lozano also discusses some future trend predictions and experienced career advice. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Aug 18, 2021
Ep.24 - Mary Kramer of Crain’s Detroit Business
*Detroit’s Economic Rebound – How P3’s, media, non-profits & higher education helped rewrite the future of Michigan’s largest city.* Mary Kramer is Corporate VP, Director of Detroit Homecoming and Special Projects at Crain’s Detroit Business. Crain’s is one of the largest privately owned business media companies with 21 leading business, trade and consumer brands in North America, Europe and Asia. Join her and Host Ed Clemente to hear about the backstory of her career, her Grand Rapids roots and the incredible growth of one of the leading business publications. See how Mary identified early challenges in the business community in metro Detroit, statewide, nationally and even internationally. She then identified opportunities for key business stakeholders to work together to improve the regional economy. She will identify some new trends including the growth of the Detroit Homecoming, Digital Nomads, non-profits, 40 under 40, 20 in their 20’s and many other topics. She also dispenses some sound career advice and how some ex-pats view Detroit and Michigan as opportunities move to economic needle. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Aug 11, 2021
Ep.23 Natalie Chmiko – VP Pure Michigan Business Connect and International Trade, MEDC
*Learn how to start using global trade for your business’s success through the MEDC on guided tour by Natalie Chmiko.* Natalie Chmiko is Vice President, Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC) & International Trade at Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The PMBC and International Trade programs help Michigan companies grow and diversify their businesses, both domestically and internationally. Learn from Natalie about the assistance you can receive from MEDC, including facilitated matchmaking in more than 100 global markets, international technical assistance, supplier preparedness programming and more. Join her and Host Ed Clemente as she highlights manufacturing trends, especially related to Industry 4.0 and the Michigan partners available to support your business. Also hear about her unique background that led her on this international path, and some advice for people and their career paths. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Aug 4, 2021
Ep.22 Dr. Weisong Shi – Associate Dean & Professor of Computer Science
*A peek into the future. Dr. Shi demystifies connected and autonomous vehicles, edge computing and wireless health wearables including how and why all of these will affect you sooner than you think.* Dr. Weisong Shi is a professor of computer science and Associate Dean for the College of Engineering, at Wayne State University. He has published books and multiple other publications and has more than 3,000 cited references. Join him and Host Ed Clemente to learn about the Mobile and Internet SysTems Laboratory (MIST) and Connected and Autonomous dRiving Laboratory (CAR) at WSU. They also discuss the expanding world of quantum computing, edge computing, cloud computing and their differences as well as the future of connectivity, autonomous vehicles, LIDAR, cybersecurity and potential career paths in these areas. Wireless health and wearables are discussed, and you can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Jul 28, 2021
Ep. 21 Dr. Steve Melnyk – Professor Supply Chain Technology, Michigan State University
*What do these hot issues of supply chain, logistics, cybersecurity, blockchain and many other moving parts have in common? Professor Dr. Steven Melnyk. * Dr. Steven Melnyk is a Professor of Supply Chain and Operations Management, Broad College of Business, at Michigan State University. He has co-authored 20 books, and over 90 refereed journal articles. Join him and Host Ed Clemente and learn about the difference between supply chain and logistics, how cybersecurity* *and supply chain are linked, and how there needs to be more than just blockchain to prevent hacking. You will also learn how Amazon has capitalized on consumer driven data to become an expert in the field of supply chain, and how China is changing the world in future distribution paths. Learn why university research is critical for strategic planning for the U.S. and in career opportunities for individuals. Also, how does the automotive industry change with a new ecosystem of supply chain and other trends? You can also r…
Jul 21, 2021
Ep.20 Glenn Stevens – Executive Director, MICH Auto
*Why MICHauto is the secret ingredient that helps grow and attract companies to the Michigan automotive & mobility ecosystem!* MICHauto’s mission is to protect, retain, and grow Michigan’s signature automotive industry and is the state’s only automotive and mobility cluster association. Join Glenn Stevens and host Ed Clemente as they discuss the variety of the parts that make up the mosaic of MICHauto's focus. Through four points, Glenn will identify how they are helping to grow the next-generation mobility industry, plus hear more about the PlanetM Landing Zone. Also, Glenn discusses how we can lead the nation in public policy and private investment to promote autonomous vehicle development, electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure, and intelligent transportation systems. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Jul 14, 2021
Ep.19 September Hargrove – Vice President & Detroit Program Officer, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
*The unique relationship of JPMorgan Chase & Co. Detroit and the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund and the moving story of the person who makes it happen.* September Hargrove is the Vice President & Detroit Program Officer at JPMorgan Chase & Co. Their data-driven investment in the city builds on the initial progress that helped boost the city’s recovery through the creation of sustainable loan programs for small businesses. This includes the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund and increased access to affordable housing and job training, which targets the gaps in the city’s economic recovery. Join September and host Ed Clemente and learn about this tremendous $200 million investment and discover all the varied partners, stakeholders and end-users who make up this unique financial program for those that have been underserved. Learn about VP Hargrove’s background, which makes her uniquely qualified to implement and benchmark this program. Additionally, she will help identify the trends and oppo…
Jul 7, 2021
Ep.18 Daniel Garrison – Office Managing Director, Accenture, Detroit Innovation Hub
*Here come the fresh ideas of how we move into the New Economy and Accenture is providing the global pathway options. * Accenture has 500,000+ employees globally, they are in 50 counties and have clients in 120 countries. Accenture's Detroit Innovation Hub is designed to help clients grow, compete and transform in the digital economy through strategic consulting. Follow Dan, Accenture's Detroit Office Managing Director, as he sees the future and the opportunities for Michigan, and how everything from digital nomads to Starlink* *will change the way how we live work and play in the future. Along the way, learn a little bit about quantum computing, innovation and digitization, as Dan was an international work traveler seeing how the world of business is evolving first hand. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Jun 30, 2021
Ep.17 Jenelle Jagmin – Director, Michigan Craft Beverage Council and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
*Come discover the Beverage Culture in Michigan, with over 500 Breweries, Wineries & Distilleries. *Representing the tasting worlds of wine, beer, distilleries and ciders, join Jenelle Jagmin of the Michigan Craft Beverage Council, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Host Ed Clemente and learn about Michigan’s unique business ecosystem of craft beverages. Learn why Michigan's climate is so conducive to growth of the industry and the supply chain of products. Find out some of the numbers and geography of where all these unique businesses are located throughout the state, and their growing trends. Learn more about Michigan's growing hot spot sector, agritourism. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Jun 23, 2021
Ep.16 Dr. Stephen Rapundalo – President and CEO, MichBio
*10 reasons you should be talking about MichBio; everything from wearables to health care, pharmaceuticals to ag bio and medical devices, and much more around the state of Michigan.* Dr. Stephen Rapundalo is President and CEO of MichBio, Michigan's official bio-industry association serving the pharmaceutical, medical device, ag-bio, R&D, health IT, and life science logistics sectors in the state. Join Dr. Rapundalo and host Ed Clemente as they discuss the wide array of the membership and sectors in these ever-growing fields for future bio industry areas and career guideposts. Dr. Rapundalo will be our guide across the state as he empirically shows that this organization is in every corner of Michigan and the sectors are ingrained into our economy. Discover how recent world events have been affected by what happens here in Michigan especially involving Pfizer, and the rich history of pharmaceuticals in the state. You can also read the transcript from our discussion.
Jun 16, 2021
Ep.15 Dr. Rebecca Cunningham – Vice President for Research, University of Michigan
*VP Dr. Cunningham walks us through life sciences, mobility, Tech Transfer and much more at the nation’s largest public research university.* With a mission and responsibility as the nation's largest public research university, the University of Michigan Office of Research (UMOR) aims to catalyze, support and safeguard U-M research, with the bigger vision for research to serve the world. Join Dr. Cunningham as she walks us through the wide range of research that falls under her department ranging from animal care to Tech Transfer. She helps explain what Mcity* *and mobility research is doing for the future, as well the vast life sciences research. She also dispenses some real sound advice for future talent and how she and her department navigated Covid-19, for both operations and research. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Jun 9, 2021
Ep.14 Kevin Johnson – President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
*Detroit Economic Growth Corporation: Find out why Kevin Johnson is up to the challenge of advancing the economy for all residents. * Kevin Johnson is the President and CEO of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. The mission of the DEGC is to design and implement innovative solutions that attract investment, create jobs and advance Detroit’s economy for all residents. Join Kevin and host Ed Clemente to learn about neighborhood small-business growth, the new Stellantis/Fiat Chrysler Detroit Assembly Complex, Buy Detroit, international economic strategies and Detroit Means Business. He will also get into what the International Economic Development Council is, and his definition of what economic development means to compete. Overall, a very substantial and visionary discussion on Detroit and more! You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Jun 2, 2021
Ep. 13 Marty Fittante – CEO, Invest UP
*Invest UP has a big job bringing prosperity to the 15 counties of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Heatr how they’re doing it from the iron range to the Soo Locks!* Martin (Marty) Fittante is the Chief Executive Officer for InvestUP. InvestUP is the lead regional economic development organization for Michigan's Upper Peninsula, with the mission of driving prosperity across the entire region through collaboration, proactively leveraging relationships, and thoughtful leadership aimed at producing results. Join host Ed Clemente for a conversation with Marty about all the unique opportunities involved by attracting, retaining, creating and expanding industries with intellectual property for talent infrastructure, defense, medical devices, electronics and pharma. With support from several Economic Development Organizations and partners, InvestUP is improving internet access, creating higher education, leveraging natural resources, promoting tourism and much more. Also, find out what is goi…
May 26, 2021
Ep. 12 Michael Healander – President and CEO, Air Space Link
*What is the future of drone highways, AirHubs and LAANC? How Air Space Link is mapping the future in over 23 states.* Co-Founder, President & CEO of AirSpacelink, Michael Healander, joins host Ed Clemente on this episode of The Michigan Opportunity. AirSpacelink is the first cloud-based drone platform focused extensively on the needs of state & local government working to expand drone innovation. Ed and Michael help us get a real bird’s eye view of what’s up with the future of drone highways and what exactly is an Air Hub? They also discuss what’s happening in the present and in the near future on how public sector leaders manage and engage their drone communities. Learn how the FAA is involved, the Aerotropolis and what LAAANC is for pilots. Also, how is Michigan developing talent in this area? How will 5G and Edge Computing play a role in this field? Listen in for all things drones. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
May 19, 2021
Ep.11 Jennifer Owens – President, Lakeshore Advantage
*What is up on Lake Michigan? The Lakeshore Advantage. See how they are helping West Michigan businesses in Allegan and Ottawa Counties.* Jennifer Owens is the President of Lakeshore Advantage, a non-profit economic development organization that connects businesses to the resources they need to grow in Allegan and Ottawa Counties. With host Ed Clemente, they discuss the ecosystem of advanced energy her team has been cultivating, other manufacturing industries as well as Opportunity Zones, Gentex, workforce and entrepreneurship. Jennifer has a strong pedigree in economic development, as well as a well-rounded career, strong internal and leadership teams, and partners to help make Lakeshore Advantage a successful organization. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
May 12, 2021
Ep. 10 Dr. Britany Affolter-Caine – Vice President of Community Affairs, University Research Corridor
*What our three top research universities (MSU, UM & WSU) have in common: The University Research Corridor, one of the nation’s top university innovation clusters for research, talent, and innovation.* Dr. Britany Affolter-Caine is the Executive Director at the University Research Corridor (URC), an alliance of Michigan’s three leading research institutions: Michigan State University, University of Michigan and Wayne State University. She discusses how the URC drives innovation for Michigan and the Great Lakes Region, increasing economic prosperity and connecting Michigan to the world. Some topic of our discussion include life sciences, infrastructure, mobility, talent, advanced manufacturing and more. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
May 5, 2021
Ep. 9 Eric Frederick – Vice President of Community Affairs, Connected Nation Michigan
*What do global nomads, the digital divide, Starlink & health care have in common? Connected Nation Michigan ties them all together* Executive Director, Connected Nation Michigan Eric Fredrick takes us into the exciting new world economy of how we will be connected for many of our daily activities in the near future. He explains how in the last year this industry has accelerated, and how digital connections impact us all. He discusses the highlights of the growing glossary of connectivity and how we build this out to rural and urban settings alike. Learn a little bit about Digital Nomads, telemedicine, Starlink, broadband, business & workforce opportunities and many other interesting topics. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Apr 27, 2021
Ep. 8 Maureen Donohue Krauss – President and CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership
*How the Detroit Regional Partnership has taken 11 Southeast Michigan counties and is marketing them globally for economic prosperity.* Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Regional Partnership Maureen Donohue Krauss takes us on tour of what makes up the "Detroit advantage" of how marketing the region to out-of-state and international companies to attract investments and jobs. Find out how it was created, and the stakeholders involved and how it serves Southeast Michigan’s 11-county region. She provides a few anecdotal stories to show the unique process of economic development in action. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Apr 21, 2021
Ep. 7 Maureen Donohue Krauss – President and CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership
*A short history of how Grand Rapids & Western Michigan became an economic global powerhouse. * Former President and CEO Birgit Klohs worked at The Right Place, Inc. for over 33 years, with great success. During her conversation with us she discusses how she navigated the organization by collaborating with state and local leaders and business executives to create more than $5 billion in economic investment in the region and generate more than 50,000 jobs. Under her tenure at the helm, she assisted the city of Grand Rapids become the beacon of business activity and high quality of life that it encompasses today. Her legacy impacted the creation of the bio-medical, scientific research, and growth of premier healthcare in the region and is coupled with a growth in higher education through out West Michigan. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Apr 14, 2021
Ep.6 Trevor Pawl – Chief Mobility Officer, State of Michigan and Senior Vice President, MEDC
*Hop on for a fast-moving conversation about the future of mobility, electrification and connectivity. * Chief Mobility Officer for the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification Trevor Pawl, takes on a whirlwind path of how fast the world is changing especially in the areas of mobility, electrification and connectivity. Pay attention because a lot of ground is covered from 5G, drones, wearables, autonomous & electric vehicles, TEDX, propulsion, global competition and many other topics. What is the story behind this intricate title and the commission and its catch basin responsibility? Also, a little dip into smart infrastructure and workforce opportunities. Make sure you catch this “mobility” wave. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Apr 5, 2021
Ep.5 Keona Cowan – Executive Vice President, Invest Detroit
*A discussion about community-based lender “Invest Detroit” and their support of small business owners and developers of color.* The Michigan Opportunity had the pleasure of having a passionate discussion with Keona Cowans, Executive Vice President for Invest Detroit. Invest Detroit is a mission-driven lender, investor, and partner that supports business and real estate projects that will assist economic growth in Detroit and the region. Invest Detroit’s mission is to work for all Detroiters for an improved quality of life – inclusive housing, resourceful and walkable neighborhoods, and to provide equitable opportunities for jobs and business growth. Ms. Cowans walks us down the many avenues of how the city weathered COVID-19 challenges, as well as the organizations many partners and stakeholders, the challenges of underserved communities and many other topics. You can also read the transcription from our conversation.
Apr 5, 2021
Ep.4 Tom Durkee of MEDC, Deidra Mitchell of Waséyabek Development Company, LLC Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
*Beyond Gaming: Economic diversification within Michigan’s Tribes.* The Michigan Opportunity had the pleasure of having a discussion with Deidra Mitchell, President & CEO of Waséyabek Development Company, LLC, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, and Tom Durkee, Business Development Manager, MEDC. From Tom we will learn about the interaction of what the MEDC Tribal Business Development Program is, and the variety projects that they have been involved with recently and some of the trends. With Deidra we get an inside view of what types Tribally-owned business there are by the 12 Tribes of Michigan. Additionally, we will learn about the local economic impact and how Tribally-owned businesses differ from others in Michigan. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Apr 5, 2021
Ep.3 Fay Beydoun – Executive Director, American Arab Chamber of Commerce
*Discover how a Michigan business organization is building economic and cultural bridges locally, nationally, and across the globe. * The Michigan Opportunity had a great discussion with Fay Beydoun, Executive Director, American Arab Chamber of Commerce. Fay also holds a seat on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Executive Committee, as appointed by Governor Whitmer. Executive Director Beydoun runs a dynamic international organization that has grown to encompass a diverse local, national, and international membership. The Chamber has become the largest American-Arab business organization in the United States, stimulating economic growth by building economic and cultural bridges locally, nationally, and across the globe. We discussed the Michigan Council of Ethnic Chambers and Tejara Global Business Development Center and other international trade issues. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.
Apr 5, 2021
Ep.2 - Tom Kelly Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley
*A fast-paced discussion about global competition, manufacturing and getting on board with Industry 4.0.* For our second episode, The Michigan Opportunity had the pleasure of having a fast moving and informative discussion with Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO of Automation Alley. He discusses what the key to the future of global trends are and what will help keep Michigan a leader in manufacturing. He explains why Automation Alley is a World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) and a nonprofit Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a regional focus. He will enlighten us about the digital transformation and what it can mean for workforce opportunities to Michigan’s talent workforce. He touches on the unique economic ecosystem of industry, academia and government working together in the state as well. You can also read the transcript of our conversation.
Apr 5, 2021
Ep.1 - Gerry Anderson Chairman and CEO, DTE
*Hear the energizing story how Michigan navigated the pandemic, jumpstarted the economic recovery and the future of work.* The Michigan Opportunity had an exciting and strategic-driven conversation with Gerry Anderson, Executive Chairman of DTE Energy. He covers a wide range of topics from statewide issues such as the Chair of the Governors Michigan Economic Recovery Council; new leaders at Business Leaders for Michigan and the Detroit Regional Partnership, of which he is the Chair of both of those boards. We discussed future disrupters and evolving worlds of energy, workforce and navigating the new world of COVID accelerators. You can also read the transcript from our conversation.