To Increase Michigan’s Brain Gain, Engage Talent at All Levels

Oct 15, 2018 1:50 AM ET
Patti Poppe, president and CEO, Consumers Energy and CMS Energy - Photo Credit: Crain Communications, Inc. via Crain's Detroit Business

Originally published on Crain's Detroit Business

By Patti Poppe

By all accounts, there is not a more exciting time to be in Michigan and in the energy industry. We’re on the cusp of an innovation economy, where technology makes it easier and more affordable to leave the planet better than we found it through renewable energy.

We also face a challenge. It is no secret Southeast Michigan, like so many other areas of the state, has a talent problem. Through 2024, Michigan will have more than 811,000 job openings. The greatest demand will be in increasingly high-skill, high-tech fields such as advanced manufacturing, health care, professional services and information technology.

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