I-69 Thumb Region Talent Forum 2018 RFP

The I-69 Thumb Region economic development partnership has been funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) 1) to convene area employers, workforce development agencies, education, and government partners to discuss successes and challenges in workforce supply and 2) to seed fund regional projects to improve workforce supply in 2018.

This MEDC funding provides us an opportunity to take action on some of the conclusions drawn from our January 24, 2018 Talent Forum that focused on workforce supply solutions within the region. Priority workforce supply factors that were identified at the forum are:

  •  Underemployment – Assist residents working part-time and at low wages with strategies to advance into higher paying, full-time jobs with benefits.
  • Retirement/Succession Planning – Assist employers to manage an aging workforce, plan for succession, and encourage job skills training that utilizes the expertise of those approaching retirement.

We are in a position to fund two or three short-term projects with approximately $38,000 in seed funding.


I-69 Thumb Region Talent Forum Event January 24, 2018
Post and Issue RFP January 30, 2018
Conference Call for RFP Questions February 1, 2018, 4 p.m.
Deadline to Accept Proposals February 13, 2018, 12 p.m. (noon)
Review Proposals and Select Projects February 16, 2018
Finalize Agreements February 23-28, 2018
Implementation of Projects March 1, 2018 – August 31, 2018
Final Reports Due from Projects September 6, 2018

Document Downloads

Full RFP

Talent Forum Workforce Supply Factors and Data

Submission Information

Please submit completed proposals by noon on February 13, 2018, via email to the attention of Janice Karcher, Senior Vice President – Economic Development, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, 519 S. Saginaw Street, Flint, MI 48502; jkarcher@flintandgenesee.org; Phone 810.600.1429. Read receipt recommended.