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High Tech Career Fair Targets Displaced Pfizer Workers

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

Jennifer Owens
(517) 335-4590

More Than 20 Employers To Be Represented at July 17 Kalamazoo Event

In another move to help keep former Pfizer employees at work and at home in Michigan, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) in partnership with MichBio’s Bioconnections Program and Southwest Michigan First is sponsoring a High Tech Career Fair in Kalamazoo on July 17. The event will bring researchers, scientists and information technology professionals in contact with more than 20 employers needing to fill various high tech positions.

“Pfizer’s recent acquisition of Pharmacia has resulted in a new pool of very educated and talented workers,” said MEDC acting CEO Sabrina Keeley. “The purpose of this career fair is to bring those workers in contact with employers who will be able to benefit from their specialized knowledge and skills.”

Companies planning to be on hand to meet potential job candidates include Altarum, Statprobe, Cayman Chemical, Sensicore, NanoBio, Stryker, Nephros Therapeutics and a host of others.

Governor Granholm has been very active in the effort to encourage Pfizer workers to stick around Kalamazoo and Michigan. The Governor announced the career fair at a June 26 event in Kalamazoo, along with several other key efforts directed at helping former Pfizer employees. Those efforts include:

  • $2 million from the Michigan Life Sciences Corridor for a company creation fund directed at helping former Pfizer employees begin new life sciences companies in Michigan. Decision on this fund will be made on July 14;
  • ongoing discussions with Pfizer, encouraging the company to authorize carve out companies that would commercialize Pfizer research;
  • support for legislation that would provide tax breaks to those who invest in Michigan venture capital companies focused on seed stage investments; and
  • an aggressive business attraction campaign conducted by the MEDC to encourage life sciences companies to open new operations in west Michigan.

The High Tech Career Fair will be held at the Kalamazoo Radisson hotel from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. Prospective employees interested in attending the event may obtain more information through the “Calendar of Events” link at www.southwestmichiganfirst.com.

Companies that would like to participate in the career fair may call the Michigan Economic Development Corporation at 517-373-9808.

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.