Progress 2022

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PROGRESS 2022: VIEWPOINT: Employers making progress

Higher pay. Better benefits. Partnerships with colleges and recruiters. Easier paths to certification. Paid training. Those are just some of the ways Northeast Michigan employers have worked to overcome a shortage of qualified employees who match the expectations of the jobs available. All of ...

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PROGRESS 2022: Nurse educator says career offers dream life

ALPENA — Nursing offers the perfect life for a busy mom who loves where she lives, an Alpena native said. Chanda Zbytowski, an Alpena health care worker with 21 years of nursing experience, recently shifted to a new job introducing other nurses to their careers caring for Alpena ...

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PROGRESS 2022: Restaurateur describes staffing challenges

ALPENA — Privately owned restaurants are still trying to bounce back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, among other challenges. According to estimates by the National Restaurant Association, 90,000 restaurants had closed across the U.S. by the spring of 2021. Those that remain open ...

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PROGRESS 2022: A rural attorney thrives on small-town work

HARRISVILLE — A tiny county provides plenty of work when you’re the only lawyer in town, a rural attorney said. The State Bar of Michigan reports 16 attorneys working in Alcona County. But attorney Justin Wilson, with a practice in Harrisville, said that number shrinks after factoring in ...

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PROGRESS 2022: MAHLER: Last year was a good year, despite headwinds

Last year at this time, I was asked to write a column sharing my thoughts on what 2022 was going to look like in terms of development activity. This year, I was asked to write a follow-up article on how the year went compared to those predictions. The year 2022 was an interesting year. ...

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PROGRESS 2022: Tech, coffee joints offer hope for aging attorney pool

ALPENA — Alpena attorneys with many miles behind them worry they can’t retire because nobody will take their place. In a region in which 80% of attorneys are 50 or older — compared to 60% of active attorneys statewide in that age range — few fresh faces means residents may soon ...