ANN ARBOR (WWJ) – Why is Michigan losing talented university graduates? During a speech at University of Michigan’s A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute on Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder pointed to a lack of jobs.

Snyder said the state is losing far too many young people because we just don’t have jobs, a factor he said that ties into the tax and budget environments. Another key to retaining our younger citizens, according to the governor, is what he calls “quality of place.”

“That’s one of the reasons you’ll hear me say over and over again, it’s absolutely critical for Detroit to be on the path to being a great city again because many of our young people are looking for that urban environment,” said Snyder.

“And there are good things going on in Detroit. There’s good enough going on today that I like to ask young people, and you may appreciate this, ‘Do you want to be another yuppie in Chicago or do you want to make a difference in Detroit?'” Snyder continued.

Gov. Snyder champions immigration as a way to help Michigan’s talent pool to grow.

“So, I would say we’ve created the global Michigan initiative already. And one of the central tenants of that is to encourage legal immigration, particularly advanced degree people coming to our country,” he said.

To anyone who doubts that immigrants really create jobs in Michigan, the governor offers two names: Dow and Meijer. Both were started by immigrants but are now household names in Michigan.

The governor believes mentorship is another key to creating an environment to keep young people here, saying that is what kept him in Michigan. He also directed attention to efforts now underway to expand business incubator programs.

“We’re actually looking at how to take Ann Arbor Spark, Automation Alley and Tech Town. There’s probably five or six locations in our state that have been doing some very good work in start-ups and entrepreneurship and connecting people, and we’re now connecting them so they’re working better together. And, we’re going to scale them up across the state and really create a network,” Snyder said.

The Governor reminded would-be entrepreneurs to look beyond the boundaries they’ve set for themselves, learn to manage risk, be proactive and look for partners who complement their skills.

Comments (7)
  1. Christine Komisarz says:

    Snyder, you’re a republican. Republicans said they’d create jobs. WHERE ARE THE JOBS?!

  2. Leslie McKeever says:

    Weren’t the tax gifts to business supposed to create jobs? Too much time and effort has been spent gutting the middle class, union members. Guess what? We were the ones spending the money in the retail stores. I am spending my money on food, gas, mortgage, taxes, and utility bills. Now the object is to save what remains of my paycheck so I don’t lose my house,etc. Sorry retail establishments. It will be a long time before I will be visiting you again. Don’t forget that there are other constituents of this state that are over 30 and they need to be represented as well.

  3. Out of Gas and Coasting to a Stop says:

    CEO Gov. Snyder runs Michigan like a business with objective to reduce overhead costs. American workers are overhead costs and immigrate professionals reduce that payout. I worked two years in Maryland and Ohio and I have an engineering Ph.D. Engineers from China and India got the jobs I was expertly qualified for. CEO Snyder supports the aggressor capitalist that runs America today. Occupy Wall Street is a new voice speaking to how America’s distribution of wealth is not working for all. Michigan kids are leaving to find the jobs.

    1. dieshard says:

      My son is leaving Michigan, what jobs he has been offered are minimum wage>>>>he went and earned his degree in engineering FOR WHAT?????? One job was for $12.00 an hour He was accepted at Ford’s worked 29 days at $14.80.oo an engineer building cars????? then along with 15 others got “excessed”” since then my son has said f Michigan and is leaving very soon. F you snyverlick WE WANT JOBS, not excuses.

  4. Sam says:

    Well go to the source of the problem which is government economic policy over the last 15-20 years. Cheap labor for the global economy is working for the big corporations and no one else.

  5. Fed up with the governor says:

    We have a recent college grad in our family. Construction Engineering degree from Western Michigan, Dean’s list, great references. Too bad there’s not much new construction in Michigan. At least they’re building in Seattle, New Orleans, and a few other places. He has no choice but to leave.

    We just gave businesses a 1.6 Billion tax break so they would create jobs. Have they? I think we know the answer to that one.

    At least the film industry was employing real people – carpenters, caterers, electricians, etc. Nice going, politicians, dumping that fledgling industry.

    That’s what we get when we vote for people who talk nice but don’t have a real plan. Even t

  6. MD says:

    Snakes have forked tongues.

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