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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 all motorists. 2.  The Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference, set for May 17 in Lansing, brings together the State Budget Office and the...

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Business Leaders for Michigan applauds MSF approval of Jobs Ready Michigan

April 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...

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

April 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 on their ability to grow jobs and investment, and are anticipating plenty of opportunities on the horizon,” said BLM president & CEO Doug Rothwell. “Any uncertainty expressed by the state’s senior...

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If you build it, they will come.

April 9, 2019

If you build it, they will come. The start of baseball season is upon us, and so is a fresh two-year legislative session offering many opportunities to address our biggest challenges. In the past several years, Michigan has rebuilt our economic structure: lower taxes, robust growth, and hundreds of thousands more job opportunities for Michiganders....

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Statewide business organizations announce partnership with Governor Whitmer aimed at shaping and approving “Michigan Reconnect” and “MI Opportunity Scholarship”   

March 28, 2019

LANSING, March 28, 2019 – Today, four major business organizations announced key support for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s goal of increasing the percentage of Michigan’s workforce with a post high school degree or high-value certificate to 60 percent by the year 2030. Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Chamber and the...

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Business Leaders for Michigan applauds Gov. Whitmer for bold budget proposal

March 5, 2019

Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) applauds Governor Whitmer for focusing on infrastructure and talent development in her first budget address – two of the most important ways we can make Michigan a Top Ten state. We support the Governor’s leadership in proposing a bold solution to fix Michigan’s longstanding problem of deteriorating roads and bridges....

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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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Building momentum on a consensus

February 20, 2019

Roads – we drive on them, ride on them and pay to maintain them. We’ve tried numerous plans over the past several years to get them in better shape, and still come up short. In the meantime, the poor condition of our highways and local roads has continued to decline. Everyone agrees we need a...

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2019 Goal: Finding Common Ground

January 15, 2019

2018 was a great year for Michigan, as we hit record lows in our unemployment rate, our population ticked up slightly and construction began on the Gordie Howe International Bridge Project. With a new year comes endless possibilities for change. We have a new governor and new leadership in the state House and Senate. Washington...

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Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Doug Rothwell, Business Leaders for Michigan

January 4, 2019

Infrastructure and education remain at the top of the policy agenda for 2019 for Business Leaders for Michigan, a statewide roundtable of top business and higher education executives. Led by President and CEO Doug Rothwell, the group this year created a broad coalition of business, labor, philanthropy and civic leaders across the state that in...

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One More Item On Our 2018 To-Do List

December 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 education to develop skilled trades talent, and the state has been a great partner in investing in apprenticeship and training programs. Our unemployment rate...

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BLM 4Q 2018 Economic Forecast: Majority of Business Leaders Predict Stable or Growing Jobs and Investment in MI

December 8, 2018

DETROIT— More than 80 percent of Michigan’s largest companies forecast their employment and investment in Michigan will stay the same or increase in the next 6 to 12 months. Their positive outlook notwithstanding, 90 percent of these same leaders believe the state and U.S. economies will stay the same or worsen during that time. “The...

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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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2018 CEO Summit highlights statewide growth strategies

November 5, 2018

DETROIT — With election day approaching, top leaders from across Michigan came together in Detroit on Thursday, Nov. 1 to focus on tools for business growth, as well as a set of shared strategies for boosting the state’s prosperity over the long term. More than 400 business executives, nonprofit and community leaders, philanthropists, and policymakers...

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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...

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