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Detroit Regional Chamber Survey Finds More Recent College Grads Staying in Michigan

The Detroit Regional Chamber announced the preliminary results of a comprehensive survey of recent college graduates in Michigan at the recent Mackinac Policy Conference designed to provide real data on state talent retention issues and learn more about motives behind the location decisions made by young people. The survey indicated that 63 percent of the targeted group of graduates remained in the state, a 12-percentage point increase from a survey of a comparable group in 2007. The final results will be shared Friday, June 28 by Tim Davis, director of iLabs at the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s Center for Innovation Research, during a meeting and panel discussion at the Chamber.

The survey, which garnered more than 7,000 responses, focused on a target group of recent graduates, including those with advanced degrees under 28 years of age and not making a location decision based on graduate school enrollment. The survey was conducted by the University of Michigan-Dearborn iLabs, and sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Michigan Municipal League and the Presidents CouncilState Universities of Michigan. For more information on the survey, click here.