The Southeast Michigan Works Agency Council, or SEMWAC, which is comprised of the seven Michigan Works Agencies (MWAs) within the WIN Region, formally announced they have become a unique Talent District. This action will help coordinate workforce development activities with local economic development efforts, identify and respond to demand for talent on a regional scale, and help ensure that Southeast Michigan is seen as a single regional labor market.
The MWAs in SEMWAC include the Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation, the Southeast Michigan Community Agency, Macomb - St. Clair Michigan Works!, Oakland County Michigan Works!, Washtenaw County Michigan Works! Genesee - Shiawassee Michigan Works!, Washtenaw County Michigan Works! and Livingston County Michigan Works!. Together these MWAs serve more than 50 percent of the state's population, providing federally mandated employment and business services to job seekers and employers throughout the region. These MWAs jointly receive over $45M per year in federal funding to serve adult, dislocated worker and youth populations.
These seven MWAs have a long history of successfully working together and have convened regular meetings for over 15 years to bring MWAs and their business, economic and education partners together to secure resources and collaborate on projects to successfully address critical workforce issues as a region. To date, SEMWAC has secured over $3.7M in grants, contributed over $400,000 towards regionals workforce development initiatives, and have convened many regional initiatives including the 21st Century Workforce Initiative which helped improve communication, collaboration and consistency of service delivery across the region.
These successes have helped lay the groundwork for the formation of the Workforce Intelligence Network, by demonstrating that the MWAs, community colleges and their partners in Southeast Michigan already had a history of working together as a region to meet the training and employment needs of employers in the region. With the establishment of WIN, the SEMWAC Talent Region is now in an even stronger position to continue to serve employers, job seekers and the community.