‘Back To Michigan’ virtual job fairs kick off to bring talent back home

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LANSING, Mich. — Back To Michigan, a series of eight virtual job fairs for people interested in relocating back to Michigan, will be hosted by community partners throughout the state from November 17-24.

During each of the eight virtual events – which are free to attend – job seekers can talk one-on-one with recruiters from organizations with immediate talent needs, and community ambassadors will be on hand to answer questions for those who may be considering a move back to Michigan.

“Despite the unique challenges presented by COVID-19, we’re committed to delivering services and resources needed by our workers and businesses to make Michigan a leader in talent attraction and retention,” said Susan Corbin, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) Acting Director. “Providing this virtual job fair platform allows us to work directly with partner organizations – including the statewide Michigan Works! agencies and Back To Michigan – to support Michigan’s employers, career seekers, parents who want their adult children and grandchildren back in Michigan, and communities in a meaningful way.”

The Back To Michigan event series is the “COVID-friendly” virtual version of events that typically happen on Thanksgiving weekend throughout Michigan. The tradition of Thanksgiving events for “boomerangs” – workers who have left the state and want to return home – started in 2012 with ReThink West Michigan, hosted by Hello West Michigan and The Right Place. The successful program, which has been recognized as a best practice by the International Economic Development Council, has spread to multiple regions in Michigan over the last nine years. The Northeast Lower Peninsula, Detroit and Flint are joining the effort with first-time events this year.

“With COVID-related relocations on the rise, we knew we needed to give job seekers the chance to explore what a move to Michigan could look like for them,” said Rachel Gray, Executive Director of Hello West Michigan. “Even if someone wants to keep their current job and work remotely from Michigan, our community ambassadors will be answering questions about what it’s really like to live here.”

These events are targeted to people living outside of Michigan, people who recently relocated, or those who are local and seeking employment. Companies are hiring in many fields, including IT, engineering, finance, advanced manufacturing, healthcare, art and design, professional services, government, hospitality and more.

The virtual job fair platform is provided by LEO’s Office of Employment and Training.

MTEC SmartZone, TCNewTech, MiWorks! NE Consortium, MiWorks! Region 7B, The Right Place, Inc. Hello West Michigan, Saginaw Future, Middle Michigan Development Corporation, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, Lansing 5:01, Ann Arbor Spark and Let’s Detroit will partner to host the virtual events which are sponsored by Consumers Energy.

”Consumers Energy is committed to Michigan’s prosperity and showcasing our state as a great place to work and live. We are excited to sponsor the Back to Michigan job fairs to bring talent home to Michigan and keep the next generation right here,” said Cathy Hendrian, senior vice president of People and Culture for Consumers Energy.

The Back To Michigan virtual job fair events are free to attend, but advance registration is required. To register, visit www.backtomichigan.com.



  • November 17 – Upper Peninsula
  • November 18 – Northwest Lower Peninsula (Traverse City)
  • November 19 – West Michigan (Grand Rapids)
  • November 19 – Detroit/Flint
  • November 23 – Lansing
  • November 23 – Great Lakes Bay & Central Michigan
  • November 24 – Northeast Lower Peninsula
  • November 24 – Ann Arbor

Locations: Virtual

Time: All events are 3 – 7 p.m. ET and are open-house style(attendees do not have to be logged on the entire time

Registration: Register for FREE at www.backtomichigan.com