Building and supporting an advanced contract manufacturing innovation cluster in Southeast Michigan.
InnoState seeks to supplement the region’s traditional parts-making economy with a fast-growing community of firms pursuing a different business model. InnoState is comprised of regional organizations well-positioned to support the cluster’s development and growth, including the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN), Detroit Regional Chamber, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS).
THE WORKFORCE INTELLIGENCE NETWORK (WIN)
WIN is a southeast Michigan collaborative effort between nine community colleges, seven workforce boards and economic development partners to create a comprehensive and cohesive workforce development system in Southeast Michigan that provides employers with the talent they need for success.
WIN’s goals are to (1) provide current and actionable labor market intelligence to allow for greater regional talent system effectiveness; (2) strengthen and sustain an employer-driven talent system that serves as a resource hub and connection point for regional businesses, industries, and other stakeholders. (3) Improve institutional, local, state, and federal talent development policy through research, thought leadership, and innovative practice. WIN covers a 9-county area in Southeast Michigan, including Genesee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Shiawassee, St. Clair, Washtenaw, and Wayne Counties. WIN is funded through a grant from the New Economy Initiative.
DETROIT REGIONAL CHAMBER
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, which employ over three-quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is supported by a focus on four key pillars: economic development, regional collaboration, education reform and membership value.
Working with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and other stakeholders, the Chamber’s economic development programs made more than $200 million in bid opportunities available to Michigan suppliers. The Chamber’s involvement with Innostate will continue this work uncovering and developing procurement and research and development opportunities that diversify the customer bases of Michigan companies.
THE MICHIGAN MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY CENTER (MMTC)
MMTC is an affiliate of the NIST Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program. MMTC’s focus is on business development, cost reduction, and quality improvement in manufacturing companies with fewer than 500 employees, with an emphasis on those with 20-249 – large enough to need effective, repeatable processes but too small to be served by the for-profit consulting sector. Each year, MMTC helps 200-300 Michigan manufacturers through training, consulting, and management mentoring. The MMTC is funded by NIST and the MEDC.
THE NATIONAL CENTER FOR MANUFACTURING SCIENCES (NCMS)
NCMS fuels innovative solutions for manufacturers. A nonprofit, member-based consortium, the organization’s objective is to drive innovation in manufacturing through collaboration and advanced technologies. NCMS stands shoulder to shoulder with North American companies who are in the business of making things. They believe that manufacturing is still a valuable sector in which to invest, and is essential to the economic success of the U.S. NCMS has identified digital manufacturing , the intensified application of manufacturing intelligence using advanced data analytics and modeling & simulation, as one of the key innovations that will drive North American manufacturing competitiveness in the 21st century. To this end, they have recently launched a series of centers to democratize access to these game-changing tools for small and medium sized manufacturers, revitalizing the way America builds.
Southeast Michigan Community Alliance / Michigan Works!
The Southeast Michigan Community Alliance (SEMCA) has been a leader in talent development programs since 1996. SEMCA is committed to its vision for a competitive economy that is sustained by private and public partnerships that develop a productive workforce. SEMCA partners with state and local governments, community organizations and employers to serve residents and businesses in Wayne and Monroe counties, excluding the city of Detroit.
SEMCA is one of seven Michigan Works Agencies (MWAs) in Southeast Michigan that provide a wide range of workforce development services. MWAs help job seekers plan and navigate their job search, and develop their employability and technical skills, and help employers recruit and retain qualified employees. They also provide access to funding to train new hires through their On-the-Job Training programs, and train employees through their Incumbent Worker Training and Customized Training programs. In addition, Michigan Works! helps employers develop workforce development plans, and connect employers with government and economic development agencies to help access funding and other services, and to educational institutions to help train current employees and gain access to qualified talent.