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    Northwest Michigan Works! Helps DreamLab Industries Find Workers to Make Face Masks

    When DreamLab Industries in Traverse City needed more workers to manufacture antimicrobial face masks during the COVID-19 crisis, they turned to Northwest Michigan Works! for help.

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    COVID-19 Regional Economic Impact Data Released

    Networks Northwest has partnered with a consultant, 4th Economy, to provide the community and decision makers an overview of some of the economic impact associated with the government’s response to COVID-19.

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    Updating Payment Source for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA)

    If you filed a Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim and are having trouble getting your UIA funds released, you may have to update your payment source.

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    New Online Tool Provides Answers to Questions About COVID-19 Resources

    A new COVID-19 Resources section on the Northwest Michigan Works! website will help employees and job seekers find answers to a wide variety of frequently asked questions related to COVID-19.

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    PTAC Helps TentCraft Respond to COVID-19 Crisis

    When the COVID-19 crisis hit in 2020, TentCraft recognized a need for portable, quick-deploy medical screening and containment tents. They were able to start manufacturing those products for customers including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

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    $1,000,000 in State and Local Dollars Support Businesses Affected By COVID-19

    Michigan Strategic Fund dollars from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will support grants and loans to businesses in the 10 counties of Northwest Lower Michigan affected by Governor Whitmer’s “Stay at Home” Executive Order.

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    Michigan Labor Force and Payroll Data for February 2020

    The Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget has released labor force and payroll data for February 2020.

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    Resources for Workers and Employers Affected by COVID-19

    The State of Michigan has a variety of resources available for workers and employers affected by COVID-19.

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    Networks Northwest CEO Asks Partners to Begin Planning for Economic Recovery After COVID-19

    Networks Northwest CEO, Matt McCauley, is asking economic development organizations, colleges, and other partners in Northwest Lower Michigan to begin planning for the economic recovery after COVID-19.

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    Networks Northwest Awarded Michigan Economic Development Corporation “Innovative Fund” Grant

    A $400,000 Innovative Fund Grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will support the creation of a shared economic development strategy for the 10 counties of Northwest Lower Michigan to improve regional economic competitiveness.

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    Northwest Michigan Business and Employee Receive Michigan Works! Impact Awards

    A Charlevoix woman and her employer received Michigan Works! Impact Awards for utilizing a local Business Resource Network (BRN) to help the employee overcome homelessness and other challenges.

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    Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Students Attend 2020 Legislative Day in Lansing

    Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the JMG Legislative Day February 28 in Lansing.

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    Updated Benchmarks Northwest Regional Guidebook Released

    Networks Northwest has updated Benchmarks Northwest, a citizen and policy makers' guide to assess and monitor community issues throughout the region.

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    Pavement Ratings Show Condition of Roads in Northwest Michigan

    Staff from county road commissions, the Michigan Department of Transportation, and Networks Northwest drove on over 2,800 miles of federal-aid-eligible roads in the 10-county region in 2019 to complete the Pavement Surface Evaluation and Rating (PASER).

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    Rules for Public Meetings During COVID-19 Reviewed in New Online Video

    A video recorded by Networks Northwest in partnership with MSU Extension provides critical information about how to hold public meetings during the COVID-19 outbreak while staying in compliance with the Open Meetings Act.

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    Bill Marsh Auto Recognized for Supporting Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates

    The Bill Marsh Auto Group has received the first-ever Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) Employer of the Month award.

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    Students Begin Culinary Apprenticeship Training

    Classes and On-the-Job training are underway for students in northern Michigan’s first Culinary Apprenticeship program.

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    Grants Awarded to Support Census Outreach in Northwest Michigan

    $110,000 in grants will support 10 northwest Michigan agencies and collaboratives in their U.S. Census outreach activities in historically undercounted communities.

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    Northern Michigan JMG Students Attend National Leadership Event

    Students in the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program coordinated by Northwest Michigan Works! attended the Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) National Student Leadership Academy December 5 –7 in Washington, D.C.

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    Apprenticeship Opportunities Highlighted During National Apprenticeship Week

    Students, employers, and educators learned about apprenticeship opportunities at multiple events organized by Northwest Michigan Works! during National Apprenticeship Week November 11-17.

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    Standing Ovation Award Winner Always Makes Positive First Impression

    Northwest Michigan Works! Employment Services Assistant, Jim Sterk, has received the Networks Northwest Standing Ovation Award for 2019.

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    New Culinary Apprenticeship Program Set to Kick Off in Northern Michigan

    A first of its kind apprenticeship program in northern Michigan will give future culinary workers the opportunity to build their skills. The new culinary apprenticeship program is being offered at Boyne Highlands, Boyne Mountain, and the Inn at Bay Harbor with assistance from Northwest Michigan Works!

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    JMG Students Build Skills at Leadership Day

    Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates students from northern Michigan worked on leadership and team-building skills at the JMG Leadership Day at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha near Central Lake.

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    Workers Enroll in Apprenticeship Program With Help From Northwest Michigan Works

    30 workers in northern Michigan are beginning the path toward careers as fiber optic line workers and Northwest Michigan Works! is helping. The workers enrolled in the Fiber Optic Line Worker apprenticeship program being offered by Wolf Line Construction.

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    Local Talent Development Leader Honored by Michigan Works! Association

    Northwest Michigan Works! PATH Career Advisor, Mary Szwed, has received Michigan’s “Shining Star” Award from the Michigan Works! Association for her efforts to meet employment needs in Benzie and Manistee counties.

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    New Website and Social Media Encourage You to “Explore 131 North”

    A new website and social media campaign will encourage people to “Explore 131 North.” The website is part of an effort by several northern Michigan communities located along the US-131 highway to collaborate on tourism promotions, branding, and economic development in the hopes of bringing more visitors and business opportunities to the corridor.

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    Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program Receives State and National Recognition

    Staff members with the Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates (JMG) program in northwest Michigan have received state and national recognition for their work with the program.

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    Graceland Fruit Makes $4.5 Million Sale With Help From PTAC

    Graceland Fruit in Frankfort is selling $4.5 million worth of dried cherries to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Northwest Michigan Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), hosted by Networks Northwest, helped the company make the sale.

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    Going PRO Campaign Promotes Skilled Trade Careers in Michigan

    Going PRO is a statewide education and awareness campaign to help employers fill an estimated 545,000 skilled-labor jobs coming open in Michigan through 2026.

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    Adult Education Graduates Recognized at Commencement Ceremony

    A special ceremony was held in Traverse City to recognize 22 students who earned high school diplomas and 43 who completed the GED (HSE) certificate as members of the Traverse Bay Area ISD Adult Education Class of 2019.

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    20Fathoms Partners with Networks Northwest to Attract Startup Talent

    A new partnership between Networks Northwest and Traverse City-based technology hub and startup incubator, 20Fathoms, will provide the tech hub’s members direct access to the assistance offered by Networks Northwest and the Northwest Michigan Works! Business Services Team.

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    Regional Data Updated, Streamlined in Benchmarks Northwest

    Networks Northwest has updated Benchmarks Northwest, a citizen, business, and policymakers' guide to assess and monitor the metrics of community issues throughout the region.

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    Charlevoix County Partners With Networks Northwest to Purchase Historic Lighthouse Property

    Charlevoix County has partnered with Networks Northwest to purchase the Beaver Island Lighthouse School property from Charlevoix Public Schools.

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    JMG Students Prepare for the Next Steps in Their Career Paths

    Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates students from two northern Michigan school districts have decided on the next steps in their career paths after graduating from high school this spring.

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    Networks Northwest Recognizes Registered Apprenticeship Graduates

    The most recent graduates of Registered Apprenticeship programs in Northwest Lower Michigan received special recognition at the June meeting of the Networks Northwest Board.

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    New Census Outreach Grant Opportunities Available Through Networks Northwest

    Networks Northwest, in partnership with the Michigan Nonprofit Association, is announcing the "Be Counted Northwest Michigan" program to support a variety of local efforts for a complete and accurate count during the 2020 U.S. Census.

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    Skills Up North Recognizes First Students to Complete the Program

    Northwest Michigan Works! and the Traverse Bay Area ISD held a completion ceremony to recognize the first participants in the Skills Up North program.

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Kathy Stuart, Michigan Rubber Products Human Resource Manager