Snyder, Bloomberg To Talk Immigration, Economic Future At Wayne State Event: New Michigan Media, a network of ethnic and minority media throughout the state, will host a conference focused on the role of immigration in the revitalization of Michigan’s economy on Monday, July 18, at Wayne State University. “Our campus is not only a center of intellectual inquiry and debate; we also have the most diverse student body in Michigan and play a key role in economic development,” said WSU President Allan Gilmour. “This is the ideal location for a discussion on attracting a diverse population to our state to propel our economy.” Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who has embraced immigration as a way to repopulate Michigan and boost the economy, and who launched a Global Michigan initiative once taking office, will deliver the keynote address. “Immigrants are an integral part of Michigan’s past and we want them to be a big part of its future,” Snyder said. “It is clear that immigrants with advanced college degrees can be a positive force in creating economic activity that benefits everyone. Making this state a center of opportunity for all people of exceptional talent and motivation will accelerate our reinvention of Michigan. I commend the New Michigan Media conference and Wayne State University for providing a forum for a discussion of this critical issue.” The conference, “Immigration and Michigan’s Economic Future” will be the first time that Gov. Snyder has spoken at length on this topic. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will participate via video teleconference in the conference’s opening panel “Can Immigrants Save Detroit?” Mayor Bloomberg is Co-Chair of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a national bipartisan coalition of over 300 mayors and business leaders who believe immigration reform can boost the American economy and create American jobs. The New Michigan Media conference, presented in collaboration with Global Detroit and sponsored by the McCormick Foundation and the New Economy Initiative for Southeast Michigan, includes panel discussions and presentations with Compuware chairman Peter Karmanos Jr., Detroit City Councilman Kenneth Cockrel, Jr., as well as several other business, philanthropic, academic and community leaders. Over the past decade immigrants to Michigan have been nearly three times as likely to start a new business as individuals born in the United States, according to research provided by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Michigan also ranks third in the country with nearly one-third of its high-tech startups in the last decade having at least one immigrant as a key founder. Conference activities will be held in the McGregor Memorial Conference Center and Community Arts Auditorium. For a complete schedule of events, visit

 Great Lakes Bay to hold employment event: Attention prospective college grads — discover opportunity in the Great Lakes Bay Region during “Opportunity – Great Lakes Bay,” a recruitment event to be held Thursday, Aug. 4. Home to innovative companies, cutting-edge entrepreneurs and hundreds of new job opportunities, the Great Lakes Bay Region has much to offer today’s college graduate. Join your peers from Michigan colleges and universities and take some time to explore the best places to live, work and play. Tentative agenda for the event includes a kickoff at 9 a.m. at the H Hotel, Midland; a community tour of Midland at 9:30 a.m.; a career networking lunch at 11:30 a.m. at Apple Mountain, Freeland; a community tour of Saginaw at 1:45 p.m.; and a community tour of Bay City at 3:30 p.m., with a closing mixer at the Delta College Planetarium in Bay City at 4:45 p.m. The fee to attend is $15 and preregistration is required at If you have questions, email