Economic Development


Together We Are better

Michigan Works! aligns with economic development agencies across the Upper Peninsula. These partners engage in a variety of activities, including networking, providing resources to companies, and assisting entrepreneurial endeavors. 


Government Procurement Assistance

PTAC staff are trained contracting specialists that will help you obtain the most current and relevant information available, provide insight into the research process and coach you through the government contracting process, from start to finish. To do this, we offer support and services in the areas listed below. Many of the services available through the PTACs of Michigan are free of charge. We encourage you to contact the PTAC office to learn more about costs and the specific services offered.

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TV6 Interview with Jason of Michigan Works!

Apprentices and National Apprenticeship Week On November 13, 2019 Jason from Michigan Works! UPward Talent Council traveled to TV6 to discuss apprenticeships and National Apprenticeship Week. To watch the interview with Jason, please follow this link. For more information on apprenticeships, please visit an American Job Center in …

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Event flyer with the following printed on it: Come on UP! Connect. Network. Hire. Return North. Friday, November 29th, 2019 from 3 to 5 PM.

MTEC SmartZone’s Return North Event

UPward Talent Council - Michigan Works! is proud to sponsor MTEC SmartZone's Return North event on November 29th at the Continental Fire Company. Via MTEC SmartZone's Website ( MTEC SmartZone will once again be hosting its Return North event this coming November. Return North is an …

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National Apprenticeship Week 2019, Continued

DeJian - IBEW 906 Electrician Apprentice ESCANABA, MI – Sometimes, people struggle to find their niche. Other times, they find what seems to be their destiny. DeJian, an Apprentice with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) 906 and B&B Electric, is on his way to becoming a …

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Flyer advertising National Apprenticeship Week. It reads: Michigan Celebrates National Apprenticeship Week. November 11th through the 17th. To learn more, visit Michigan Apprenticeships, Experience Sooner.

National Apprenticeship Week

November 11th-17th, 2019 National Apprenticeship Week is a week-long celebration geared towards raising awareness for apprenticeship-based training programs throughout Michigan and the country as a whole. Earn while you learn in an apprenticeship! If you're interested in learning more about apprenticeships and their potential, please visit If …

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National Apprenticeship Week 2019

Erin - Business Development at IBEW 906 MARQUETTE, MI – Joining an apprenticeship program will take you anywhere you want to go. Just ask Erin, a recently graduated Electrical Apprentice in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Erin, now a Business Development employee with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 906, …

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Marquette High School Interview Preparation

On November 6th, 2019, the Marquette American Job Center hosted 50 students from Marquette Senior High School's Health Occupations class taught by Ronda Manninen. Students spent several weeks preparing for their interviews, came to the event with resumes on hand, and dressed to impress.  This …

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Business Beyond Borders

On November 6th, 2019, Jason, an Employer Specialist from Chippewa County's Michigan Works! office, attended the Business Beyond Borders event at Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie. The Business Beyond Borders event brings economic developers, including business owners and non-profit entities, from the Twin Saults to …

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Eager to Learn – A Success Story

This story is part of the UPward Talent Council - Michigan Works! Success Story series Jared’s mother had called the Michigan Works! American Job Center to inquire if they assisted with in-school youth employment opportunities. Jared, who had spent the prior summer working with SAIL maintaining …

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Michigan Works! staff members stand in front of the classroom. One staff member has her hands on her hips while the other has her hands on the desk in front of her.

Soft Skills for GED and CTE Classes in Sault Ste. Marie

Michigan Works!, in cooperation with the EUPISD, is taking part in a five-week soft skills training course offered to GED students and others looking to increase their skills in the Sault Ste. Marie area. As part of a grant-funded GED attainment program, Michigan Works! staff members …

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