Community Conversations

As part of our mission, the Center for Michigan travels the state annually, holding Community Conversations to gather and amplify the voices of Michigan citizens. The Center then creates a final report with the findings of each Conversation campaign and shares the ideas and views of the participants with state leaders. The goal of the Community Conversation project is to ensure that policy discussions taking place in Lansing reflect the views of Michigan people.

Click here to read a short history of Community Conversations.

Beginning in December 2014, the Center will be travelling the state for our latest round of Community Conversations, titled “Getting to Work: Opportunity and Hurdles to Prosperity in Michigan.” In these discussions, we will talk with Michigan residents about issues related to the Michigan workforce experience, and what it takes to get a good job in our state.

Because of this topic’s importance, we have structured this conversation in a way that will allow us to collect the most meaningful data possible. This is why the Center is going to do something we’ve never done before; we’re dividing our conversation for focused audiences. We have structured the conversation into three separate parts, which we are calling modules. Each module covers a specific aspect of workforce development, which we will use to collect input Michigan residents directly impacted by the issues discussed.

Our module subjects include:

  • Career navigation
  • College value and affordability
  • Challenges to upward mobility

Download an issue guide (Adobe Acrobat 8.0 or newer required):

Career Navigation Community Conversation issue guide.
College Value and Affordability Community Conversation issue guide.
Challenges to Upward Mobility Community Conversation issue guide.

Interested in learning about how to bring a Getting to Work Community Conversation to your community? Please send an email to Outreach Director, Amber DeLind.

Locations of the 2014-2015 Getting to Work Conversations