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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Michigan Conservation Officer Recruitment

Do you enjoy working in the outdoors? Are you interested in helping people and protecting natural resources? Michigan's Conservation Officers (CO) are among the most highly-trained law enforcement officers in the country. They are fully-commissioned peace officers who protect the State's natural and cultural …

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NMU Electrical Lineman student helps a JMG student put on a climbing harness on the ground.

Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Tours NMU

NMU Electrical Lineman Open House UPward staff member Meagan brought Jobs for Michigan's Graduates students to the Northern Michigan University Electrical Lineman Open House on October 17th as part of #CareersInEnergyWeek. JMG students toured the classrooms used to educate future Linemen, met instructors, observed various exercises and …

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A student sits in front of a welding simulator with a welder in hand and a man in a red polo is standing next to him instructing him on how to weld.

Freshman Manufacturing Day at Lake Superior State University

On October 18, 2019, Freshman Manufacturing Day took place at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Students attending this event from around the Eastern Upper Peninsula learned about skilled trades, manufacturing, communication, and teamwork. Activities included a welding simulator, a competition to see …

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Career Readiness at Sault Area High School

On October 17, Leslie and Jason from Michigan Works! attended multiple sessions of the Career Readiness class at Sault Area High School in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. Leslie and Jason talked about their jobs and Michigan Works! programs and services, the Pathfinder program, resume best practices, …

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JMG Students Get a Visitor

This week, Michigan Works! staff member Amy helped to facilitate a special guest speaker for Jobs for Michigan's Graduates students at Jack Reque High School in Manistique, MI. Michigan State Police Officer Sgt. Giannunzio visited the Jobs for Michigan's Graduates students, discussed his job with them, …

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Beckie and Holly standing behind a table at the LSSU Career Fair with marketing merchandise on their table.

LSSU Fall Career Fair

On Friday, October 11, 2019, Beckie and Holly from the Chippewa American Job Center in Sault Ste. Marie, MI attended the Lake Superior State University Fall Career Fair in the Cisler Center on LSSU's campus. At this event, Beckie and Holly were able to discuss programs …

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Application Assistance Event – TSA

On October 9, 2019, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) held an event at the Chippewa County American Job Center in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The purpose of this event was to promote positions at TSA, and to assist interested individuals through the application process on …

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Joe standing in front of a red semi truck and holding a certificate of completion.

Longevity – A Success Story

WIOA—Dislocated Worker Joseph came to a Michigan Works! office needing assistance during his seasonal layoff. He had been working as a Laborer for an Upper Peninsula employer making a less than $12.00 per hour. Every winter, Joseph was laid off. As such, he could not adequately …

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Students stand around a table in a basketball gymnasium listening to a presenter give them information about prospective careers.

Career Speed Dating at Marquette Senior High School

On October 7th, over 200 sophomores from Marquette Senior High School participated in a Career Speed Dating Event. In this Career Speed Dating Event, the students spent nine minutes each at nine tables representing occupations in health sciences, industrial and construction technologies, information technologies, and more. …

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