Michigan is the comeback state — fueled by persistence, innovation and collaboration.
The comeback has gained the attention of job seekers – both in and out of state – who are looking to Michigan as a place full of opportunity.
Chuck Lippstreu and Mark Geary are two examples of those who have found work and planted roots in Michigan.
Prior to moving to the state, Lippstreu was working as a lead speechwriter for the Secretary of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
“Professionally, the transition from Washington to Lansing was seamless for me,” Lippstreu said. “I loved my job in D.C., but I was lucky to find a job at Byrum & Fisk in Michigan that’s equally rewarding and challenging. Michigan has the nation’s second most diverse agriculture industry, and is home to some of the nation’s leading agribusinesses and food companies, so I have been able to translate my experience on agriculture issues in a wide range of ways. “
Besides having an easy transition professionally, Lippstreu notes that living in Michigan offers travel escapes that might be hard to find anywhere else.
“Before I moved to Michigan, we had the opportunity to visit many different parts of the state – and I was really impressed with the variety of places to visit and things to do,” he explained. “At the end of the week, you’re just a couple of hours drive from so many great, quiet places to relax – something you just can’t have on the east coast.”
In just a few months, Lippstreu has seen why Michigan is a great place to live, work and play.
“It’s only been a few months, but I really have enjoyed living and working here in Michigan. There’s a lot to do, it’s professionally rewarding, it’s centrally located and it’s easy to see putting down roots here.”
While Lippstreu took a direct route to Michigan, Geary’s path to the state was much different.
Born in Chicago and eventually attending school at the University of Missouri, Geary’s parents moved to Michigan after dropping him off at school.
On breaks and during the summers, he would visit his family in Troy. Soon after graduating, he got a freelance reporting job in Saginaw.
“Living in Chicago, my family was familiar with the Midwest,” Geary said. “Moving to Michigan was more of an unknown. We were wondering what it was going to be like, but we’ve had a great experience and my family really loves it here. “
But the prospect of a full time job took him to another state, where he accepted employment in Iowa, and then later North Carolina.
It wasn’t until the allure of being close to family and finding a Beaumont Health System Media Relations Coordinator position through MiTalent.org brought him back again. Now married with a two-year-old daughter and a son on the way, Geary couldn’t be happier to be back.
“My wife and I take our daughter to different parks all over the area on the weekends and just let her run around and play – especially before it starts snowing,” he joked. “And soon our son will be born here in Michigan, and that will be great.”
Besides the career opportunity and closeness to family, Geary notes that one of his favorite aspects of living in the state is the culture associated with Michigan.
“People are so friendly. That’s one thing that I really like, and that’s why I want my daughter and son to grow up here,” he said. “It’s because of how genuinely nice people are here – I don’t think you realize that until you go somewhere else.”
Geary says that he couldn’t be more excited about Michigan’s comeback.
“There’s stuff going on everywhere,” he said. “The state definitely has a lot of energy and that’s something I really like about it. There’s going to be so much opportunity for my kids when they grow up and start getting jobs of their own.”
“It almost feels like a rebirth in a sense because there are a lot of people who are proud to be here and who are willing to work hard to make the state shine and show what Michigan has to offer.”
Learn more about Geary’s move to Michigan in the video below.
These are just two examples of people finding opportunity in Michigan.
In addition to MiTalent.org, the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is organization that helps job seekers find employment in the state’s capitol. LEAP is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where businesses can thrive.
Pure Michigan Talent Connect – a collaborative effort of the State of Michigan’s Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) – is your launch pad for new jobs, careers and talent.
Are you looking for a job or seeking talent? Visit MITalent.org.