Building on talent attraction efforts, leading employers will connect former and current residents with the urban living and career opportunities Lansing has to offer on Thanksgiving Eve
“The same thing that brought my ancestors to Mid-Michigan in the 1830’s is what brought my wife and I here 185 years later… opportunity,” said Mike Marriott, a Lansing resident.
After moving to Lansing from Long Island, New York, Marriott and his family found something that life in a big city couldn’t offer: budding opportunities to grow professionally; an affordable cost of living; and a vibrant mid-size community. And as Lansing and Michigan’s economy continues to grow, the region has become more attractive for young professionals looking to plant their roots.
According to the U.S. Census, the most recent data shows net in-migration for the Lansing’s tri-county region from July 2016 to July 2017 to be 1,818 -- roughly five people moving to the Lansing area every day. Additionally, Lansing is second only to Grand Rapids as the fastest growing urban core in Michigan.
Christopher Sell, executive director of Lansing 5:01, says that employers are investing in talent retention and attraction efforts to bring more talent back to the region.
“There are numerous formidable and growing employment sectors in the Lansing region -- from health care, insurance and financial services, to education, government, and advanced manufacturing -- that are propelling Lansing into a new era. Coupled with our region becoming an emerging hub for creatives, artists, small businesses, and nonprofits, employers are eager to attract top talent,” continued Sell.
Lansing 5:01’s solution to the need for talent? Enter Capital Comeback, a talent attraction event held on Thanksgiving Eve. Designed to allow employers and professionals home for the Thanksgiving holiday to connect, Capital Comeback gives Lansing 5:01 the opportunity to showcase how the Lansing area has transformed over the last several years.
On Wednesday, November 21, Lansing 5:01 and top employers throughout the region, including Auto-Owners Insurance, Dart Bank, Dart Corporation, Dewpoint, Emergent BioSolutions, Jackson National, Lansing Board of Water and Light, McLaren - Greater Lansing, Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies, Michigan State University, MSU Federal Credit Union, Niowave, Sparrow Health, Spartan Motors and TechSmith, will host professionals at the Cooley Law School Stadium in the heart of Lansing.
Structured as a free, casual happy hour, attendees can experience the dynamic career and urban living opportunities Lansing offers while talking to employer representatives about current and future job openings.
“There is a massive opportunity for job seekers right now in the Lansing area. MSU’s highly anticipated FRIB is expected to bring more than 1,000 jobs and generate accumulated wages totaling $1.7 billion and add $4.4 billion to the state’s economy,” said Sell. “That’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of investment and job growth. From Sparrow Health’s $64 million Herbert Herman Cancer Center to McLaren Health Care’s new $450 million campus adjacent to Michigan State University, there are and will be endless opportunities in Greater Lansing.
Interested attendees can learn more about Capital Comeback and register for the event here: http://www.lansing501.com/capitalcomeback.html.
Lansing 5:01 is a nonprofit organization that aims to retain and attract talent to Greater Lansing. The organization, run by a board of professionals and volunteers who call Greater Lansing home, is committed to illustrating why Lansing is a dynamic post-graduation destination city, not only during the day, but starting at 5:01 p.m., too.