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Building Greater Lansing’s Talent Pipeline

Monday, October 1, 2018  
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Business leaders continue to identify talent as their most challenging issue, not only today, but for the foreseeable future. Our region’s ability to provide and attract necessary talent that meets the needs of job providers in the 21st century may be our most important economic growth strategy. That is why the Lansing Regional Chamber has established talent initiatives as one of its key strategies.

This month’s cover story identifies a very important and often overlooked talent pool that has the potential to enrich organizations in many ways. People with disabilities and military veterans have much to offer in terms of their skills and ability to produce, and from the standpoint of helping to build a culture of diversity and inclusion.

One of the Chamber’s most important programs in recent years is Leadership Lansing, which is designed to help equip the next generation of community leaders. We are launching our fourth Leadership Lansing cohort in October. We have had 112 outstanding leaders go through the program in the first three years, with another 42 enrolled in year four.

It has also been rewarding to see the growth of the region’s young professionals that have been recognized as 10 Over Ten recipients. We recently held the 12th annual event in partnership with the young professional’s organization, Grand River Connection.

Another important regional initiative the Chamber is involved with is T3: Teach. Talent. Thrive., which is a private sector led initiative to promote the growth of STEAM education in the Greater Lansing region. The goal of the group is to transform our region into the exemplary STEAM region in the country. In April 2019 our region will be hosting the first MI Career Quest Capital Region. Additional information is available by visiting

The Chamber is also partnering with the State of Michigan in several key initiatives including: MI Bright Future, which seeks to address the long-term workforce needs in Michigan, especially in high-demand occupations, by supporting the development of an informed, educated, skilled and experienced talent pipeline; Governor Snyder’s Marshall Plan for Talent is an important effort to bolster awareness of and participating in career opportunities in professional trades; Launch Michigan is a historic partnership that aims to improve education in innovative ways, primarily by bringing together representatives from education, business, labor, philanthropic community and more.

The Chamber is also an active participant in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Talent Management Pipeline™ (TPM), which is a workforce strategy designed to meet the needs of today’s changing business environment. The TPM AcademyTM trains state and local leaders, business associations, employers, and economic development organizations to drive partnerships with their education and training providers based on employer needs.

The Lansing Regional Chamber is committed to helping employers meet their talent needs today and into the future. For all of us, building a region that promotes talent development at all levels and is welcoming and inviting to all people is job number one. When it comes to the future of jobs and investment in Greater Lansing, you could say that talent is the new economic development!

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