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Live.Work.Detroit returns this month

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is inviting college students and recent graduates from around Michigan and beyond to Live.Work.Detroit., a career networking event taking place Friday, Feb. 27 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Majestic Theater in Detroit.

“Detroit is making global headlines for its amazing transformation by attracting new businesses, visitors and young professionals, and we encourage college students to take a close look at all the city has to offer,” said Amy Cell, senior vice president for talent enhancement at the MEDC.

Live.Work.Detroit. is an MEDC initiative designed to connect Michigan’s college graduates to Detroit job opportunities and promote the city of Detroit as a preferred post-graduation talent destination. Since 2011, more than 4,000 college students from universities and colleges across Michigan and surrounding states have participated in Live.Work.Detroit events.

The Feb. 27 event is being hosted by Detroit Experience Factory (DXF) and sponsored by MEDC. Participants will have the opportunity to network with a wide range of Detroit employers including General Motors, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Quicken Loans, and Challenge Detroit, among others. The event will include keynote speaker Jason Hall, Co-Founder of Slow Roll and Detroit Bike City, a panel discussion with some of Detroit’s young leaders, networking, and a tour of some of the exciting small businesses, restaurants, museums, and places to live.

“Many college graduates from around Michigan look to Chicago or New York after graduation without knowing what Detroit can offer them,” says Jon Chezick, Director of Tour Operations at DXF. “Once they see firsthand that there are tons of entertainment options, amazing residential spaces and a one-of-a-kind sense of community, it’s amazing how quickly Detroit becomes an option for them.”

Registration is required but the cost is only $15. The registration fee covers all activities including bus transportation from University of Michigan, Michigan State, Central Michigan, Wayne State and Oakland University as well as dinner and the interactive tour of the city. To register as an individual, or if your company would like to participate in Live.Work.Detroit, please go to www.weknowdetroit.org/lwd.

Jeanette Pierce
Jeanette Pierce is Executive Director at Detroit Experience Factory, an organization that helps locals and newcomers get connected to the city. A life-long Detroiter who grew up in the Morningside neighborhood, Jeanette founded Inside Detroit, a nonprofit that used tours and experiences to educate locals and visitors about Detroit’s history, culture and community. It later merged with D:hive to expand offerings and other resources related to real estate, jobs, important city data, retail options, small business and more. Jeanette was honored by Crain’s Detroit Business as one of the Top Twenty in their 20’s in 2007, was awarded the Shining Light Future Leader Award from the Detroit Free Press in 2010, and the Detroit Young Professionals Vanguard Award in 2011. Follow her @JeanettePierce.