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Holistic approach will ensure Michigan can compete, isn’t left behind other states luring good jobs, investment

February 7, 2017

Today’s MI Thrive brownfield legislative package, sponsored by State Senator Ken Horn, is a crucial component to step up the state’s economic development efforts. It’s also just one half of a broader strategy to ensure Michigan can compete in the race for large-scale projects that can create hundreds of good-paying jobs in every community, said several state business and labor leaders and economic developers.

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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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 Michigan’s Journey to “Top Ten”

December 22, 2016

Our benchmarking shows that MI has succeeded in growing jobs and becoming more cost competitive since 2009. But progress raising income levels and GDP has been slower as most metrics that measure the value of locating in MI have mostly held steady over the same period.

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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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BLM 4Q 2016 Economic Forecast: Election Results Grow Optimism About MI & U.S. Economies

December 7, 2016

Michigan business leaders expressed growing optimism about future growth prospects of the state and national economies this quarter according to the latest quarterly survey of Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable.

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Getting Down to Business

November 16, 2016

Senate Bills 1153-55 are now under discussion and, if passed, these common-sense incentives could help make our state far more competitive.

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MI CEO Summit Showcases Need for Innovation, Policy Changes to Drive Future Economic Growth

November 10, 2016

Hundreds of Michigan’s top leaders convened today in Detroit for the 5th Annual Michigan CEO Summit, hosted by BLM.

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Business Leaders for Michigan Issues Statement in Response to Senate Incentives Package

October 20, 2016

"This kind of economic development program will help Michigan grow more good paying jobs."

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More Work to Do

October 20, 2016

One item that's high on our to do list is leveling the playing field with competitor states by adopting stronger tools to attract and grow good paying jobs.

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BLM 3Q 2016 Economic Forecast: MI and U.S. Short & Long-Term Economies Projected to Show Modest Growth

October 3, 2016

The latest quarterly survey of Business Leaders for Michigan forecasts the Michigan and U.S. economies will experience slower growth over the next six to 18 months.

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BLM Issues Statement in Response to West MI Policy Forum Position on Unfunded Liabilities

September 27, 2016

Business Leaders for Michigan issued a statement in response to the West Michigan Policy Forum’s position on unfunded liabilities.

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MI Universities Begin 2016–17 Academic Year Backed by Strong Performance Data

September 7, 2016

According to a statewide data release issued today by BLM, the state’s public universities have continued their track record of achievement with higher graduation and retention rates, improved student/staff ratios, and growth in the number of degrees awarded, particularly in critical skills areas.

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World Mobility Leadership Forum to be Held in Detroit

August 31, 2016

With a goal of beginning a worldwide conversation about how mobility solutions can address pressing societal challenges, the World Mobility Leadership Forum will be held in Detroit on Sept. 28 and 29, 2016.

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Detroit Free Press Op-Ed: Michigan Shouldn’t Dump M-STEP Test

August 30, 2016

The results from last spring’s M-STEP assessment, released this morning, show how far we have to go to make Michigan a top 10 education state.

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Change: Resist It At Our Peril

August 8, 2016

To achieve the most positive gains for our state, we must plan for the future and embrace change. Michigan has the assets to thrive in the emerging economy, if we have the collective will to recognize it and work towards it, together.

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