Gov. Rick Snyder and TED Director Roger Curtis recognize Marshall Plan for Talent champions

Friday, May 11, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder and Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Director Roger Curtis Tuesday met with champions in the education and business sectors to discuss the Marshall Plan for Talent, answer questions and lay the groundwork for continued economic success for the state.

Business, K-12 and higher-education leaders joined together to discuss needs, potential barriers and partnerships necessary to develop the world’s best home-grown talent for in-demand careers.

“Michigan is home to many world-class businesses and leaders in the K-12 and higher education sectors,” Snyder said. “These champions continue to innovate and transform the workplace and education system throughout the state. They are also the leaders in the field who can continue the revolution and help prepare Michiganders for the high-skill, high-paying and in-demand careers available now and into the future.”

Snyder also said he is encouraged by the anticipated legislative action that could happen as early as next week on Marshall Plan-related bills.

Numerous Michigan-based companies and education institutions are already supporting the Marshall Plan for Talent through existing and successful programs such as competency-based education models, hiring practices and existing partnerships between business and education. Champions include:

  • Alpena Public Schools
  • Armada Area Schools
  • Charlotte Public Schools
  • Consumers Energy
  • Domino’s
  • Dow
  • DTE Energy
  • Duo Security
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Fanuc America
  • Ferris State University
  • Fraser Public Schools
  • Gentex
  • Grand Haven Area Public Schools
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Lake Shore Systems
  • Lear Corporation
  • Marquette Alger ISD
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Midland County ESA
  • Muskegon Community College
  • Muskegon ISD
  • Nexteer Automotive
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Oakland Community College
  • Op Tech, LLC
  • Quicken Loans
  • RCO Aerospace
  • RCO Engineering
  • Roush Management
  • Spectrum Health
  • Stockbridge Community Schools
  • Traverse Bay Area ISD
  • Triton Automation Group
  • Ubly Community Schools
  • Western Michigan University

“Every initiative and every plan starts with early adopters and fast followers,” Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan Director Roger Curtis said. “The Marshall Plan is about forming partnerships and fostering collaboration to ensure Michigan will become the No. 1 place for talent and education. The Marshall Plan champions are a critical part to the success of this initiative.”

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 is likely to be in increasingly high-skill, high-tech fields such as information technology and computer science, manufacturing, healthcare, and other professional trades careers.

“As Marshall Plan champions, these leaders have committed to be a mentor and advocate for others wanting to join the revolution – knowing together, we are stronger,” Snyder said.

The plan, announced earlier this year, calls for investing $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 will complement the more than $225 million in funding dedicated to ongoing talent development efforts in Michigan.

Additional details about the Marshall Plan are available at