Retaining/Attracting International Talent Category

Connectors Program Helps Newcomers Build their Networks

Last October, Global Detroit launched the Cultural Ambassadors Connectors Program, which connects area newcomers looking to enhance their careers to established professionals that can help them grow their business networks. The program is heavily rooted in the fact that the majority of job openings (most [...]

From the Director: Michigan’s global economy

By Steve Tobocman Politicians are apt to hold press conferences for projects that announce even a few hundred jobs. Can you imagine the headline for a government action that produced 15,000 jobs that paid salaries ranging from $60,000 to even $100,000? Research from the Partnership [...]

From the Director: Broken Immigration System Hurts Detroit’s Economy

By Steve Tobocman H-1B Visa Cap Denies Area Employers Critical Talent to Grow Businesses Global Detroit, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Michigan Office for New Americans, Ann Arbor SPARK, MichBio, and other business and economic leaders joined similar groups across the Rust Belt in highlighting [...]

Integrated Policy Exercise debates Immigrant Visa Proposal

Every year, the Gerald R. Ford School for Public Policy at the University of Michigan schedules an Integrated Policy Exercise course (IPE) as a requirement for all first-year masters level students.  The IPE course focuses on a real-world current or potential policy issue. This year, [...]

Del Director: El Alivio Administrativo del Presidente Obama

Por Steve Tobocman Ayer por la noche, el presidente Obama anunció las reformas más radicales en los Estados Unidos a la política de inmigración en casi 30 años. Su acción para tratar de integrar a millones de padres indocumentados de ciudadanos estadounidenses o residentes legales [...]

From the Director: Obama’s Administrative Relief

By Steve Tobocman Last night, President Obama announced the most sweeping reforms in U.S. immigration policy in nearly 30 years. His action to try to integrate millions of undocumented parents of U.S. citizens or legal residents is bound to fan the flames of political firestorms [...]

Downtown Detroit Makes Play for Global Talent

Hundreds of International Students to participate in retention conference Over 300 international students from Michigan’s top universities will attend the Michigan Global Talent Retention Initiative’s “Michigan’s Global Future” conference in downtown Detroit on Friday as part of the larger regional efforts of GTRI, Global Detroit, [...]

Cultural Ambassadors Connectors program has launched!

On the 16th of October, Global Detroit kicked off its new Cultural Ambassadors Connector program with our partner, Upwardly Global. The program takes its cues from Ann Arbor SPARK’s Cultural Ambassadors program, the Halifax Connectors program, and the St. Louis Mosaic Connectors program. The Halifax [...]

From the Director: Cracking the Immigrant Talent Code Can Take some Thought and Energy

By Steve Tobocman I have been approached several times by folks who have sat through my Global Detroit presentations of the incredible contributions of immigrant talent to Metro Detroit and Michigan’s economy with concerns that I am telling native-born Michiganders that we are untalented, lazy, [...]

From the Director: Global Detroit and Midwest Immigrant Entrepreneurship Efforts Highlighted before Congress

By Steve Tobocman On Wednesday, January 15, I was honored to speak at a Capitol Hill briefing organized by the American Immigration Council and Immigration Policy Center on Revitalization in the Heartland: Welcoming Immigrant Entrepreneurs for Economic Development.  The event was moderated by AIC Director [...]