Home // News // Press Releases // Business Leaders for Michigan applauds MSF approval of Jobs Ready Michigan

Business Leaders for Michigan applauds MSF approval of Jobs Ready Michigan

Focused job training program will boost state’s attraction for new biz expansions
Business Leaders for Michigan applauds MSF approval of Jobs Ready Michigan
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2019

LANSING, Mich. – Recognizing growing talent needs, Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) engaged Public Sector Consultants to research and analyze the job training programs of other states who lead on talent attraction and retention. The result was a report that identified best practices and recommendations to boost Michigan’s profile in supporting global businesses in search of talent. One of the top recommendations called for the development, funding and promotion of a one-stop shop specifically for talent recruitment and training, which the Michigan Strategic Fund today established as the Jobs Ready Michigan program.

“It’s imperative that employers looking to locate new sites or expand existing operations have a bank of talent to tap into without having to conduct exhaustive searches for skilled employees,” said Doug Rothwell, President & CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. “Establishing this resource allows large operations to staff up and hit the ground running in Michigan, making us an even more attractive place for business.”

Working with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, BLM helped to lay the foundation for Jobs Ready and applauds the Michigan Strategic Fund’s actions today in authorizing an initial round of funding. Promotion of the effort will engage site selectors and other industry professionals who specialize in helping companies choose where to establish new jobs.

“Our largest employers know the importance of building a robust talent pipeline and investing to further develop and attract talent,” Rothwell said. “Without a deep bench, Michigan will cease to be an attractive location for new business ventures. Adding a consolidated jobs training program to our repertoire is a solid investment that will boost our global profile.”

About Business Leaders for Michigan:

Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, is dedicated to making Michigan a “Top Ten” state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. The organization is composed exclusively of the chairpersons, chief executive officers, or most senior executives of Michigan’s largest companies and universities.  Our members drive nearly one-third of the state’s economy, provide 390,000 direct jobs in Michigan, generate over $1 trillion in annual revenue and serve nearly half of all Michigan public university students. Find out more at: www.businessleadersformichigan.com.

Recent News


One More Item On Our 2018 To-Do List

Dec 12, 2018

Leading What’s Next… As we come to the end of another calendar year, it’s great to reflect on all that has been accomplished. We’ve made new strides in connecting business with...

Read More

BLM releases 2018 statewide economic benchmarking data

Nov 12, 2018

DETROIT, Mich.—Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, released a major report on the state’s economic performance Monday, highlighting the impact of key policy and...

Read More

5 things to know this month

May 14, 2019

May is set to be a significant month in shaping public policies that affect all of Michigan: 1.  The House and Senate are both moving auto no-fault insurance reform bills aimed at reducing costs for...

Read More
What We're Reading

Opinion: No half-fixes for Michigan roads

Apr 30, 2019

By Doug Rothwell; Published 10:01 p.m. ET April 17, 2019 Michigan drivers and our elected state leaders agree — Michigan’s roads and bridges are crumbling, and we need to fix them. Agreement is h...

Read More

BLM 1Q 2019 economic forecast: Majority of MI Business Leaders optimistic about state, U.S. economic strength

Apr 10, 2019

DETROIT— Optimism remains strong among Michigan’s business community, with most leaders anticipating continuing growth during the remainder of 2019. “Michigan’s business leaders remain bullish...

Read More