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Adrian business and education leaders meet to discuss talent needs, form partnerships to apply for Marshall Plan funds

Dan Olsen

517-290-7807 | olsend1@michigan

ADRIAN, Mich. — More than 70 business and education leaders gathered today in Adrian to learn about the Marshall Plan for Talent and discuss partnership opportunities to revolutionize Michigan’s education and talent development system.

“The Marshall Plan for Talent is about taking a close look at how Michigan develops talent with in-demands skills employers need to continue the state’s forward-moving economic prosperity and creating innovative solutions to close our talent gap,” Talent and Economic Department of Michigan Director Roger Curtis said. “The folks in Adrian have a strong foundation to build on and today are taking important steps in forming the partnerships needed to tear down silos and move Michigan further, faster.”

Business, K-12 and higher-education participants joined together to discuss needs, potential barriers and partnerships needed to help form consortia that will allow them to apply for Marshall Plan funds during one in a series of Marshall Plan for Talent workshops being held around the state. 

The plan, which passed through the Legislature last week and is on its way to the Governor to be signed into law, calls for investing an additional $100 million in innovative programs to revolutionize Michigan’s talent and education system. It will support schools that want to transform education through programs like competency-based certification, world-class curricula and classroom equipment, scholarships and stipends, and support for career navigators and teachers. The funding complements the more than $225 million in existing talent development efforts in Michigan.

State leaders say the Marshall Plan is a critical part in ensuring the state can compete globally in the race for the most and best talent for in-demand careers.

“Michigan wins when we all come together and collaborate on innovative solutions that move our state forward,” Curtis said. “The Marshall Plan for Talent is another conduit for those collaborations that will lead to revolutionizing Michigan’s talent development system. It’s also an opportunity to connect Michiganders with high-demand, high-wage careers that grow their paychecks and help build vibrant and strong communities along the way.”

Michigan will have more than 811,000 career openings to fill through 2024 in fields that are facing a critical talent shortage. As the state considers talent preparation changes for these fields, the greatest demand for talent will be in increasingly high-skill, high-tech fields such as in information technology and computer science, manufacturing, health care, and other business and professional trades careers.

For more information about the Marshall Plan for Talent, visit