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Governor’s Summit on Veterans Talent to Show Why Veteran Talent is a Smart Investment for Michigan Businesses

TAYLOR – The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), in partnership with the Detroit Regional Chamber, will host the Governor’s Summit on Veteran Talent Wednesday, November 13, at the Masco Corporate Headquarters in Taylor. The summit brings together employers from across the state to share best practices for hiring and retaining veteran employees and showcases some of the top veteran talent Michigan has to offer.

“We know our returning veterans bring with them a lot of talent, training and job-ready skills, but it isn’t always obvious where that talent might fit in an organization,” said MVAA Director Jeff Barnes. “As an agency, our role is to help employers and veterans have a meaningful dialogue so we can help connect that talent supply with employer demand.”

Governor Rick Snyder will speak at the event, highlighting the value Michigan veterans bring to the workplace and stressing to employers the importance of recognizing and cultivating that talent.

“In today’s mobile society, states that attract the best talent will thrive,” Snyder said. “Veterans bring with them job-ready skills, proven leadership, a strong work ethic and a fierce sense of loyalty. These skills and traits are exactly what Michigan needs to succeed in the global economy.”

Former Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta will deliver the keynote address. Giunta was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions in Afghanistan on Oct. 25, 2007, making him the first living person to receive the award since the end of the Vietnam War.

“Michigan has an outstanding veteran talent pool that too often goes untapped. This summit showcases the business sense of hiring veterans and will help employers bring these talented individuals into their organizations,” said Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer, Detroit Regional Chamber. “Picking up on the work started at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Chamber is excited to partner with Governor Snyder and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to help connect employers with veterans from around the state.”

The event will be live streamed by Detroit Public Television at www.dptv/veterans. Follow the conversation on Twitter at #mivettalent.


About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency serves as the central coordinating point, connecting those who have served in the United States Armed Forces and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state of Michigan. MVAA is responsible for administration and operation of the Michigan Veterans Trust Fund, Michigan Veterans Homeowners Assistance Program, Michigan Homes for Veterans, constituent service or referral and the state’s grant to chartered veterans’ service organizations and the Michigan Association of County Veterans Counselors. Learn more at

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. As part of its 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List, the Chamber committed to “partnering with Governor Snyder and key institutions to host a statewide military veterans hiring conference.” The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit