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Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber Wants To Improve Workforce And Economic Development

Dec 9, 2019

The Ann Arbor Ypsilanti Regional Chamber hosted a luncheon in Ypsilanti on Monday to discuss ways it can help improve workforce and economic development in Washtenaw County.  89.1 WEMU's Jorge Avellan was there and has the story.


"Our vision is that we give people, businesses, and communities all of the things that they need."

Jeff Donofrio is the director of the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity for the State of Michigan.  He told a crowd of about 70 people at the Eagle Crest Marriott that communities need to join forces to identify the types of jobs that aren't being filled by the current workforce.  Donofrio adds that continuing education, even for an already educated city like Ann Arbor, is essential for employment growth.

Jeff Donofrio: The future is going to create jobs that none of us even have ideas about right now.  And so, how do we make sure we're prepared?  How do we make sure that we have the skills and can get the skills in the future that are going to be needed to win the economy?

Donofrio also said that affordable housing will play an important role in employment growth.

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— Jorge Avellan is a reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him javellan@emich.edu