$6M OEA Grant to Support Emerging Industries in Southeast Michigan

The workforce development board for southeast Michigan plans to use a $6.0 million grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment for retraining assistance for displaced workers, a market analysis, and supply chain and asset mapping to help the region recover from defense cutbacks, officials announced this week.

The two-year grant will be administered by the Macomb/St. Clair Workforce Development Board and will be used to establish the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative, which will help affected workers shift into high-demand defense markets, reported Detroit Business. The market analysis will include a skills gap assessment; supply chain and asset mapping will help connect businesses with customers in emerging defense markets.

The collaborative will target lightweight materials manufacturing; autonomous transportation and connected mobility, particularly electronics, sensors and components; and information technology such as cybersecurity for transportation systems and products.

“Southeast Michigan has been an important defense asset for generations, and the Advance Michigan Defense Collaborative will help ensure that this crucial sector of our economy can continue to grow,” Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) said in a statement.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. will provide $300,000 in matching funds; the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan and the Michigan Defense Center also will support the initiative.

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