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Mrch 16, 2007

In wake of Pfizer pullout, Eastern Michigan University leaders and community groups seek information about local talent

YPSILANTI — Pfizer’s announcement last month that it would close down its Michigan operations came as a blow to the state and the region. At the same time, the move generated significant dialog about opportunities and changes that could advance the state and keep talent in Michigan.

Several teams have been formed to address these questions, and EMU staff including President John Fallon, Chief Governmental Relations Officer Freman Hendrix, College of Business Dean David Mielke, and Executive Assistant to the President Steve Holda have joined these groups. One team is a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) task force whose charge is to address matters of economic impact to the state and the region. This group, in association with others, has developed a web-based survey to assess talent in the region.

The group’s goal is to encourage wide distribution and broad participation in the survey. EMU employees and community members are encouraged to take the survey and spread the word among their associates. “This is one of many ways for EMU to stay connected, and to participate in efforts that support our community and the growth of our state,” said Freman Hendrix.

Other survey partners include Ann Arbor Area Chamber of Commerce, Ann Arbor SPARK, MichBio, University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County Michigan Works, and the Ypsilanti Area Chamber of Commerce.

To take the survey, visit this web site:

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