Discover Great Lakes Bay is hosting a business-casual networking experience that will offer an opportunity for talented professionals to connect with world-class employers from across the Great Lakes Bay Region. The “Coming Home” event will take place Wednesday, Nov. 21 from 3-5 p.m. in the Curtiss Hall banquet rooms at Saginaw Valley State University.
The event was scheduled for the day prior to Thanksgiving when many college students and young professionals will be returning to the region for the holiday.
“We wanted to provide a casual environment for future college graduates and alumni from the region who are interested in potentially moving home, so that they can network with employers to learn about career opportunities,” said Riley Hupfer, program coordinator for Discover Great Lakes Bay and one of the organizers of the event.
More than 20 leading employers will be in attendance, including Covenant Healthcare, The Dow Chemical Company, Frankenmuth Insurance, Garber Automotive Group, Nexteer Automotive, and Rehmann.
Retaining and attracting talent is the number one issue for both existing companies and those considering a location in the Great Lakes Bay Region, prompting Saginaw Future Inc. to spearhead the talent attraction and retention initiative.
The project is supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Regional Prosperity Initiative 2018 Mini-Grant Program, administered by East Michigan Council of Governments, a federally designated development district for the 14 counties of East Central Michigan.
Alumni of Alma College, Central Michigan University, Davenport University, Delta College, Mid Michigan College, Northwood University, and Saginaw Valley State University have all been invited to attend the Coming Home event.
Attendees will receive complimentary appetizers and drink tickets for craft beers from Mountain Town Brewing Co. in Mt. Pleasant, as well as other beer and wine options.
“Ultimately this a celebration of the Great Lakes Bay Region being a wonderful place to live, work and play,” Hupfer said. “We hope that those coming home to the region will make it a stop as a part of their Wednesday evening.”
More than 130 individuals already have registered to attend, and more are welcome to join.
For a detailed list of featured employers and available positions, to RSVP, or to join the event as a hiring company, please visit DiscoverGreatLakesBay.com/Coming-Home/ or call Hupfer at (989)-964-4231.