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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

High-skilled immigrants pursued to boost Michigan economy

Our country needs more skilled immigrants and investors and Michigan is giving them an opportunity to help with the state's recovery. - - Donna Poisl

Kim Kozlowski/ The Detroit News

Gov. Rick Snyder has launched an initiative to attract more foreign investors and entrepreneurs to bring their talent, ideas and business plans to help boost the state's economy.

Known as Global Michigan, the effort is modeled on a program the governor created while he was in Ann Arbor that he now wants to expand on a state level. Experts say it is a pioneering effort in the United States, one that follows similar attempts in other nations.

"He has long been interested in this topic and sees the value foreign nationals can play in the new economy," said Amy Cell, senior vice president of talent enhancement, at the Michigan Economic Development Corp.
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