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  1. Global Detroit Workforce Intelligence Network November 2, 2011

  2. Global Detroit Origins and Structure • Funded by the New Economy Initiative, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Skillman Foundation. • Economic Development, Job Growth and Business Focus • Housed at the Detroit Regional Chamber. Advisory Board of 38 regional leaders. • Begun in March 2009. Final report release in May 2010. • Five programs launched. Several under development.

  3. Global Detroit Programs Launched Welcoming Michigan International Student Retention (at University Research Corridor) New Michigan Media (ethnic media collaborative) Nearshoring Global Detroit Infrastructure

  4. Global Michigan “We will establish an exciting new initiative to encourage immigrants with advanced college degrees to come to Michigan to live and work. . . Immigration made us a great state and country. It is time we embrace this concept again as a way to speed our reinvention.” –Governor Rick Snyder, State of the State Address, January 19, 2011. Licensing and Credentialing of Skilled Immigrant Workers Committee – Chaired by Rona Lum

  5. Global Detroit Study Findings • Michigan’s Immigrant Population Is: • Key Driver to the Region’s Transition to New Economy • Start 32.8% of Michigan’s High-Tech Firms (national rank #3) • File nearly 50% of Michigan’s International Patents • Start 25% of All Public, Venture-Backed Firms nationally • Entrepreneurial • Nationally, Immigrants 1.89 Times as Likely to Start a Business • Michigan Immigrants 3 Times as Likely to Start a Business • Young and Hard-Working • Productive • Metro Detroit’s IECR of 1.30 (national rank #3)

  6. Global Detroit Study Findings 37% of Michigan’s foreign born possess a four-year college degree compared to 23.7% of native born Michiganders. 23,600 international students at Michigan colleges and universities contribute $592 million to local economies. 38.4% of international students in Michigan major in STEM fields compared to 13.7% of U.S. undergrads.

  7. Foreign Students in Michigan, National Rank and Economic Impact Percent of Michigan’s Foreign Student’s in STEM Fields of Study: 38.4% Percent of U.S. Undergraduate Student’s in STEM Fields of Study: 13.7% Michigan Institutions with the Highest Number of Foreign Students

  8. Southeast Michigan Possesses Skilled Immigrant Surplus – Brookings Institution Research

  9. Southeast Michigan Possesses Skilled Immigrant Surplus – Brookings Institution Research

  10. Upwardly Global Mission • To eliminate all barriers to workforce entry for immigrant professionals and change employer hiring practices to create a global workforce in the U.S. Scope of the Problem • 2.6 M underutilized immigrant professionals Opportunity Cost • $4 Billion in estimated lost tax revenue

  11. Common Barriers to Workforce Integration Barriers • Language • Cultural competency • Unfamiliarity with US job search and customs • Lack of professional networks • US employers unaware of qualified candidates or how to access them • Licensing

  12. IMPRINT and Other National Partners Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education (www.cccie.org) Upwardly Global (www.upwardlyglobal.org) World Education Services (www.wes.org) Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians (www.welcomingcenter.org) Welcome Back Initiative (for Health Care Workers) (www.welcomebackinitiative.org)

  13. Influencing Policy and Streamlining Pathways • Careers for New Americans Website (IL- 2009; CA, NY -2010; MI-2012?) • Top Licensing Barriers (2009 survey): • Information • Employer access and pathways for interim or alternative careers • Financial • Promising Current Directions • Employer-ledsector work (healthcare, engineering) • National collaboration of integration practitioners (capacity building, influence) • State & Fed. Govt. Recs (legislation; demo projects; info prior to arrival)

  14. Upwardly Global Results & Accomplishments • Equipped 2,400 skilled immigrants from 94 developing countries with the skills and resources to rebuild their careers and in the US • Placed 800 formerly unemployed or underemployed skilled immigrants in first professional position with an average starting salary of $43,000with benefits • 2010 E Pluribus Unum Award • Recognizing Exceptional U.S. Immigrant Integration Initiatives • 2010 NYC Employment Training Coalition • Opportunity Award for Building Employer Partnerships

  15. Potential Collaboration – Career for New Americans Website Expansion to Include Michigan • Targeted audience and professions • Licensing in context • Alternative pathways • Standardized information and proven advice • Easy to understand • Easy to maintain • Data collection tool www.careersfornewamericans.org

  16. Next Steps Develop ongoing collaboration with Workforce Intelligence Network Complete Global Detroit Welcome Mat Survey of Regional ESL Resources Expand and Grow Global Detroit Welcome Mat Fund Skilled Immigrant Licensing and Credentialing Programs

  17. Questions? Visit www.globaldetroit.com Kate Brennan at thebrennangroup@comcast.net Steve Tobocman at steve.tobocman@gmail.com