BLM releases 2018 statewide economic benchmarking data
November 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 investment decisions across Michigan. The annual report, which measures both statewide and regional performance against dozens of indicators, showed Michigan’s economic growth outpacing most other states during 2017....
BLM 3Q 2018 Economic Forecast: Business leaders signal slower growth
October 16, 2018
DETROIT, Mich. – Michigan’s business leaders predict slower growth during the next six to 18 months, according to the latest quarterly survey of Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) members. While 95 percent of survey respondents expect their companies’ capital investment in Michigan to increase or at least remain the same during the next six months, a...
Business Leaders’ Insights: Worker Training Program Best Practices to Support Business Attraction and Expansion
July 1, 2018
To ensure Michigan’s economic competitiveness and promote the prosperity of Michigan residents and our communities, our workforce must be trained to meet the needs of a global 21st century economy. Better-educated and trained citizens earn higher wages, receive more benefits, can save more for emergencies, are less vulnerable to poverty and unemployment, are more likely...
2Q 2018 Economic Forecast: Federal Tax Reform Will Continue to Advance U.S. Economy
May 23, 2018
Michigan’s business leaders continue to forecast stronger growth for both the U.S. and state economies specifically citing the continuing effects of federal tax reform, according to the latest quarterly survey of BLM members.Read More
Business Leaders’ Insights: Leading Practices in K–12 Education That Can Improve Student Outcomes in Michigan
March 20, 2018
BLM issued its review of best practices in K–12 education and a set of principles that can lead to better student performance, with the goal of making Michigan one of the nation’s top 10 states for student learning and talent development.Read More
1Q 2018 Economic Forecast: Federal Tax Reform Will Boost U.S. and Michigan Economies
March 2, 2018
Michigan’s business leaders forecast stronger growth for both the U.S. and state economies due to federal tax reform, according to the latest quarterly survey of BLM members.Read More
MI Voters Think Schools Doing Better Than They Are
September 28, 2017
BLM released findings from a recent survey on K–12 education, which show strong voter interest for greater improvement in Michigan schools.Read More
BLM 3Q 2017 Economic Forecast: MI’s Top Business Leaders Continue to Anticipate Investment, Jobs During Next Six Months
September 26, 2017
The state’s largest businesses forecast stable to increasing economic activity for both Michigan and the U.S. according to the latest quarterly survey of BLM members.Read More
BLM 2Q 2017 Economic Forecast: Most Business Leaders Expect to Increase Capital Investment, Employment in Michigan During Next Six Months
May 25, 2017
Business leaders are optimistic about their companies’ ability to add new jobs and investment in Michigan, according to the latest quarterly survey of BLM members.Read More
Business Leaders’ Insights: Ensuring Long-Term Fiscal Stability for Michigan
April 18, 2017
Business leaders looking for places to locate or expand operations often consider the stability of government financial operations as a key factor in their site selection decisions. When current levels of taxation and service provision are not sustainable, it creates uncertainty about the location’s long-term viability as a place to invest, live or work. Michigan...
BLM 1Q 2017 Economic Forecast : Optimism Still High Among Business Leaders About MI & U.S. Economies
March 15, 2017
Michigan business leaders continue to be optimistic about future growth prospects of the state and national economies, according to the latest quarterly survey of BLM members.Read More
BLM Outlines Roadmap for Jump-Starting MI Infrastructure Improvements
January 12, 2017
Following a yearlong process of independent research by a globally-recognized consulting firm, Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) today released a study of Michigan’s infrastructure that supports the findings of the Governor’s 21st Century Infrastructure Commission and issued a set of policy principles to guide implementation.Read More
Investing in Michigan’s Infrastructure: Building for Economic Growth
January 12, 2017
Read BLM’s study on Michigan’s infrastructure that includes an assessment of promising best practices that can be brought to scale to address Michigan’s unique needs. While infrastructure needs are a growing challenge across the U.S., there are key strategies—coordinating councils, asset management tools, and new funding mechanisms—that Michigan can use to make our infrastructure one...
2016 Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report
December 16, 2016
Business Leaders for Michigan is pleased to provide you with this year’s fact-based assessment of Michigan’s economic competitiveness relative to other states. We compare Michigan’s performance on key output (e.g., employment, personal income) and input (e.g., taxes, education) metrics annually to that of “traditional,”“new economy,” and “Top Ten” benchmark states. These metrics provide multiple reference...