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Business Leaders for Michigan releases data-based strategic plan, offering solutions for Michigan’s toughest problems

February 3, 2020

Independent data on 50+ indicators of Michigan’s success compared to other states now available   LANSING, Mich. – Executive leadership from Michigan’s largest universities and companies gathered with policymakers, economic developers and the education community today to review data on Michigan’s progress over the past 10 years. Business Leaders for Michigan also presented specific actions...

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Business Leaders for Michigan issue infrastructure call to action at Lansing event, release new report outlining transportation funding solutions

March 4, 2019

Transportation investment urgently needed to keep MI competitive LANSING—Michigan’s aging roads and bridges pose a growing threat to our state’s economic vitality, according to a report issued by top business leaders today. Speaking before state policy leaders, executives from Business Leaders for Michigan detailed how decades of underinvestment have created a costly set of challenges...

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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....

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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...

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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.

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2017 Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report

November 8, 2017

BLM’s 2017 Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report tells the story of a state that is recovering faster than most other states, but has more ground to make up.

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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MI Economic Benchmarking Report Shows Need to Accelerate Progress to Become a Top Ten State

December 16, 2016

BLM issued its latest comprehensive report of key economic benchmarking data, which shows Michigan’s growth against key measures like employment, personal income, and productivity isn’t progressing fast enough to become a Top Ten state if current trends continue

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Business Leaders’ Insights: Michigan’s Talent Forecast

April 27, 2016

Michigan’s top economic leaders today issued a series of findings that forecast the state’s readiness to fill high-paying, high-demand jobs with educated and skilled workers. And, while data show the state is generally prepared to meet the demand for high-wage jobs over the next three years, the ability to meet demand over the long-term is less certain.

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Building a New Michigan Plan

February 8, 2016

Our Building a New Michigan Plan lays out the crucial steps to reach that goal. It’s a shared playbook we can use as we work together to make Michigan a winner over the long term.

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New Michigan Action Plan: Growing a Life Sciences Hub – Michigan’s Bio-Industry Roadmap

February 5, 2016

The Michigan Bio-Industry Roadmap is a five-year strategic plan for growing Michigan’s biosciences industry.

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2015 Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report

November 12, 2015

This report provides a fact-based assessment of Michigan’s economic competitiveness relative to other states.

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