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Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed a Wayne County commissioner to the state's Talent Investment Board.

Al Haidous, D-Wayne, will serve a two-year term on the 24-member board, which works with employers, organized labor and community-based organizations to make recommendations on how to best develop workforce talent across the state.

"I'm excited to be part of how we prepare people to be matched with available jobs," Haidous said in a statement Thursday. "This will be a great way to match job seekers with employers. Too many employers are looking for people with specific skills and not finding them. This board will help both businesses and people looking for work."

Haidous, who started his first two-year term on the Wayne County Commission in January, will represent elected officials on the board.

Before joining the commission, Haidous was the city of Wayne's mayor from 2001 to 2014.

Michigan's Talent Investment Board, which also advises the governor on issues related to the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014, was created in 2011 within the Michigan Economic Development Corp., a quasi-public agency that serves as the state's marketing arm and advocate for business development, talent and jobs and overall economic growth.

Snyder created the Talent Investment Agency, which works to address the gap between employers and workers with certain skills, in December. In April, he transferred the Talent Investment Board from the MEDC to the agency.

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