Wednesday, March 31, 2004
100 workers at Southfield Firm to Receive Specialized Training
Governor Jennifer M. Granholm announced today that 100 employees of R.L. Polk & Company in Southfield will benefit from a $69,000 Economic Development Job Training (EDJT) grant provided by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). The funding will enable workers to receive specialized training to increase their skills and enhance the company's competitive advantage.
"Michigan's workforce is among the best in the world," Granholm said. "Continuing to provide funding to keep our workers at the top of their game is important to maintaining our standing as one of the most business-friendly states in the nation."
In her 2004 State of the State address, Governor Granholm announced a focused, seven-point plan for economic growth. Strengthening Michigan's workforce is part of that plan, with targeted use of EDJT funding being one of the key tools being used to develop a highly trained pool of workers who will in turn make their companies stronger in a competitive world market.
Schoolcraft College has been chosen by R.L. Polk to provide supervisory training to 50 current and 50 new employees. Under the requirements of the job training program, the company will provide a 25 percent match for training existing workers.
R.L. Polk is a global information services provider that collects and compiles lifestyle and demographic data for the automotive industry. In 2002, the company consolidated its operations in Michigan from Cincinnati, creating 100 new jobs.
"R. L Polk provides specialized business services that require customized training," said MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway. "We are pleased that the EDJT program has been flexible enough to provide this special training to help the company stay and grow here in Michigan."
Since 1994, more than $260 million in Economic Development Job Training grants have helped more than half a million Michigan workers improve their skills and enhance the competitiveness of their employers.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.