Upper Peninsula SmartZones Partner Together To Host Return North Professional Careers Fair

5th annual event aimed at attracting alumni, former residents, and friends of the U.P. back to the region

HOUGHTON, MI – March 25, 2021 –

MTEC SmartZone, Innovate Marquette SmartZone, and Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation are gearing up to host the fifth annual Return North Professional Careers Fair. Return North, presented by TriMedia Environmental & Engineering, is aimed at attracting alumni, former residents and friends of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan back to the region.

A collaborative effort between all three Upper Peninsula-based SmartZones, this virtual event connects jobseekers with local, hiring companies and supports the attraction and retention of quality professionals in the area. In support of the greater state-wide Back to Michigan initiative, Return North invites local professionals as well as those looking to relocate to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to join in this networking event to connect with employers and learn about current job opportunities.  This event is free to job seekers and open to the community.

Companies interested in participating can register online by visiting return-north.com. The cost for employers to participate is $200 per company or organization. The event will take place in a virtual setting, utilizing the Career Fair Plus platform. Return North organizers invite U.P.-based businesses as well as companies with open remote positions to participate. It is a fantastic way for employers to connect with job seekers and the virtual platform makes it even easier to connect with those outside of our region but desiring to move to the Upper Peninsula.

Tom Anthos, President of TriMedia states, “I am a boomerang Yooper myself and can’t wait to talk with others looking to come back to the area. I returned north from the Chicago market to be part of a small Environmental Engineering start up. Alongside my business partner, we have since taken TriMedia to the next level and have offices in six states, with our corporate office still located in Marquette.”

Anthos, a local entrepreneur, is well aware of the value and allure that the U.P. brings. He adds, “I knew if I put my time and effort into this community the investment would pay off. The people that I work with are some of the smartest and most talented in their respective fields. I find life in the U.P. is rich in a way that is seldom found elsewhere, with a connection to the community, nature, and my family.”

To RSVP for yourself or your company, visit www.return-north.com and reserve your spot!

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, May 20, 2021Time: 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM EST
Location: Career Fair Plus (Virtual Platform)
RSVP Required
Cost: Free for Jobseekers | $200 for Companies


About MTEC SmartZone

Michigan Tech Enterprise Corporation (MTEC) SmartZone is one of 21 SmartZone Incubators in the State of Michigan. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization directed by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), their mission is to accelerate high-tech businesses growth in the region. Since 2003,

MTEC SmartZone has provided mentoring, technical support, and other services to local companies that has led to the creation of over 800 high-tech jobs in the Houghton/Hancock area.

About Innovate Marquette SmartZone

Innovate Marquette SmartZone was created to help coordinate, inspire, promote and lead business, government, academic and community leaders to transform Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula into a world-class entrepreneurial eco-system. The SmartZone supports technology-based innovations, new businesses, new job creation and existing business expansion by leveraging the unique set of resources, experiences and advantages available in Marquette.

The mission of the SmartZone is to create a supportive environment and robust entrepreneurial eco-system in which entrepreneurs in all sectors can be recognized and promoted and where new business ideas can start, grow and succeed while existing ones can continue to innovate, thrive and expand. For more information, visit www.innovatemarquette.org.

About Sault Ste. Marie SmartZone

The Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation SmartZone is dedicated to bringing prosperity to the City through economic growth in all industries with the expansion of current businesses and the attraction of new ones. They help entrepreneurs take ideas and turn them into realities, and facilitate the process of creating something entirely new, or helping an existing business grow. The Sault EDC/SmartZone is dedicated to the community and values the businesses that bring economic prosperity to the Sault. For more information, visit SaultEDC.com.

Media Contact:

Jason Mack, VP Business Development
MTEC SmartZone
(906) 281-0618