What We Do ...

The EdEn team assists clients to navigate the economic development landscape through a variety of project management services to include:

Michigan New Jobs Training Program

EdEn Inc. provides specialized services to Michigan community colleges related to the Michigan New Jobs Training Program (MNJTP). As a direct result of our early exposure to the program, members of the EdEn team have considerable expertise in all program aspects and can provide both consulting and administrative services targeted to community colleges.

 

Consulting Services can be related to all phases of the program to include the development of college policies, initial planning and start-up, and full implementation. The MNJTP has proven to be a very fluid program and the approach to program administration can vary from college to college. Over time, strategies and policies related to the program have been clarified and refined resulting in common themes between colleges. EdEn has made a concerted effort to stay abreast of the evolving intricacies of the program.

 

Administrative Services provided by EdEn can take the mystery out of managing the tax diversion process between the employer, college, and the Michigan Department of Treasury. This step is not only complicated but crucial to ensure compliance with current laws. Specific regulations must be met related to the identification and ongoing eligibility of new jobs and program participants. EdEn has developed a very specific process for addressing this detailed and cumbersome burden which allows the college to focus on the core business of training.

 

EdEn is responsible for all aspects of the tax diversion process in the following areas:

 

  • Confidentiality
  • Eligibility
  • Tracking
  • Validation
  • Compliance
  • Reporting

 

For more information about the program, contact your local particpating community college.

 

Economic and Workforce Development

We have earned a reputation for excellence as a "bridge" firm connecting southeast Michigan businesses, educational institutions, workforce development agencies, and economic development entities.  This is a direct result of our ongoing role managing collaborative partnerships between regional stakeholders.

 

Examples of current collaborative partnerships are highlighted under Successful Projects and include the following:

 

  • Automation Alley Information Technology Career Pathways Project
  • Department of Labor H-1B Technical Skills Training Grant Application
  • Keep Michigan Working Coalition
  • Michigan New Jobs Training Program

Needs Analysis

Stemming from our experience working in corporate education and training, the EdEn team has learned how to effectively bridge the gap between business needs and wants.

 

EdEn utilizes a systematic process to acquire an accurate, thorough picture of a client's objectives, in order to improve the likelihood of meeting existing and future challenges. 

 

Examples of Successful Projects that entail completed needs analyses include:

 

  • Oakland County Skills Needs Assessment Projects
  • Staff Perception Survey
  • Cisco Employer Engagement Project

Grant Writing and Management

The EdEn Team has been writing and managing grants for over 25 years. Our project managers have written and administered grants ranging from $21,000 to $5 million and, to date, have efficaciously managed more than $33 million in grant funds. The EdEn Team has been involved in a wide variety of grant projects; however, the bulk of our grant experience has revolved around projects linked to economic development.  These initiatives often involve extensive labor market and employment research in order to align the needs of the applicant to the goals of the funding agency.  Our proven success makes us an innovator and leader in the grant administration business.

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Recent EdEn Related News

The EdEn Team has partnered with Oakland County to produce four ground-breaking studies on the employment needs of evolving industries in the County and across Southeast Michigan. To access the Skills Needs Assessment Program (SNAP) reports, click on the topic area below:

 

Connected Mobility (2016)

Health Systems (2014)

Advanced Manufacturing (2012)

Emerging Sector (2009)

 

The EdEn Team served as project manager for Oakland Community College in the submission of a grant application that resulted in the college receiving $4.5 million from the MSF Skilled Trades Equipment Fund.  To see more information about this award, click HERE.

 

EdEn Inc. is responsible for writing and managing a $5 million grant awarded to Automation Alley by the US Department of Labor for technical training. To see the press release, click HERE.

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