TROY — Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, today added new Talent Initiatives pages to its Web site,

Coinciding with the recent launch of the pioneering Technical Talent Development Program, which will train highly skilled IT workers throughout Southeast Michigan, the new Web content includes the latest information on regional workforce development, resources and Automation Alley programs.

“Rebuilding our economy in Michigan — which is seeing the second-highest economic growth rate in the nation — requires ongoing investment in training the current workforce as well as thinking ahead to future generations,” said Automation Alley executive director Ken Rogers. “These new online resources will show you what we’re doing, along with an expanding list of regional partners, to shore up talent in Southeast Michigan and attract new people and companies. And they will identify ways for you to get involved, make a hire, find better work or learn new skills in emerging technology areas.”

The Talent Initiatives drop-down menu includes links to the following pages:
* Overview page
* Higher Education
* Automation Alley Job Board
* Modeling, Simulation and Visualization Initiative
* STEM Education
* Technical Talent Development Program

Southeast Michigan is home to half the population of Michigan as well as half the state’s employers. Attracting and retaining a talented workforce is a primary concern for many of the region’s businesses. Automation Alley’s talent initiatives, such as TTDP, are critical to the future success of the technology-driven industries in the region and the state.

The Talent Initiatives pages include links to more than two dozen Automation Alley members in the higher education arena as well as a link to the Automation Alley Job Board, which contains job listings for member organizations.

Automation Alley was awarded a $5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration in February, which it is using to make high-level IT training available to local alliance companies, who plan to hire many new employees in Southeast Michigan through TTDP. The program is unlike traditional workforce development programs, which train workers but re-enter them into a pool of other candidates with similarly touched-up résumés. The TTDP model lets companies identify the people they want, who are placed for pre-hire training and are employed as long as their training is completed. Information on TTDP is included on the new Web pages.

For more information about the Technical Talent Development Program or other Automation Alley Talent Initiatives, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or


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