All News News Posted November 23, 2021 By Choose Marshall

MAEDA/Choose Marshall awarded MICA 3.0 grant

MAEDA/Choose Marshall awarded MICA 3.0 grant

The Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance (MAEDA) has been awarded a $220,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO). The Michigan Industry Cluster Approach 3.0 (MICA 3.0) grants support the growth of business partnerships across the state to address labor shortages.

“We are grateful to have been one of the eleven organizations chosen for MICA 3.0 funding,” said Jim Durian, CEO, MAEDA/Choose Marshall. “This award allows us to more quickly build and grow our Marshall manufacturing employer collaborative, which currently includes Autocam, Marshall Excelsior, Tenneco, and Tribal Manufacturing, as well as Michigan Works! Southwest, the Employer Resource Network, Kellogg Community College, and Marshall Public Schools.”

The State’s Industry Cluster Approach creates a framework in which employers within a single industry jointly engage with the workforce system to identify their talent demands and challenges. Utilizing this approach allows for issues to be handled more efficiently through multi-company, industry-focused employment and training programs.

This MICA 3.0 funding supports MAEDA/Choose Marshall’s goal of helping employers address critical workforce needs. Activities may include talent recruitment; creating customized training programs including registered apprenticeships; providing support services; financial planning education; and success coaching to enhance employee retention and career mobility.

Learn more about the Michigan Industry Cluster Approach at

For more information about MAEDA/Choose Marshall, visit, or call 269-781-5163.