Friday, July 18, 2003
More Than 200 Prospects Attend Kalamazoo Event
Yesterday’s High-Tech Career Fair aimed at helping displaced Pfizer workers continue living and working in Michigan exceeded the organizer’s expectations, with 35 booths staffed by high-tech company representatives attracting more than 200 job seekers.
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) sponsored the career fair in partnership with MichBio’s Bioconnections Program and Southwest Michigan First. The career fair brought researchers, scientists and information technology professionals in contact with Michigan employers needing to fill various high-tech positions.
“We are very encouraged by the attendance numbers and the opportunity to bring employers and job seekers face to face,” said MEDC acting CEO Sabrina Keeley. “Many attendees expressed optimism that the connections they made may lead to employment opportunities, and that was our goal for the event.”
Companies present to meet potential job candidates included Altarum, Statprobe, Perrigo, Cayman Chemical, Sensicore, NanoBio, Stryker, Nephros Therapeutics and others.
The event was another step in Governor Granholm’s efforts to help keep former Pfizer employees at work and at home in Michigan. She 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;
- 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 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.
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