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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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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 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 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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Business Leaders for Michigan announces new Vice President of Marketing and Communications

September 17, 2018

Anna Heaton, currently Governor Rick Snyder’s Press Secretary, will join Business Leaders for Michigan in early October, the organization announced today. Heaton will serve as Vice President of Marketing and Communications, helping to increase awareness and build support for BLM’s Plan for a Stronger Michigan and key priorities such as education reform, infrastructure and workforce...

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Historic alliance of diverse organizations comes together to improve Michigan’s K-12 education outcomes; focus on student needs, future

June 20, 2018

A strong, thriving public education system is the cornerstone for helping Michigan’s children succeed in school, careers and life as well as building robust communities and an economy that works for everyone. It also must be a top state priority, today said “Launch Michigan,” a diverse, never-before assembled group of business, education, labor, philanthropic, and state and community leaders.

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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.

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BLM Releases Report and Principles on K–12 Education 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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Business Leaders for Michigan Rolls Out 2018 Economic, Policy Agenda

March 8, 2018

Michigan has come far, but has much more to do to become even stronger and a “Top Ten” state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy.

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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.

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Joint Letter to Gov. Snyder on Maintaining K-12 Standards & Assessments

December 6, 2017

View a copy of a December 5, 2017  letter sent to Governor Rick Snyder from Business Leaders for Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce expressing strong opposition to the changes recently proposed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to the M-STEP – the third round of changes in...

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Acting Decisively. Investing Strategically.

November 9, 2017

Nearly 500 business executives, nonprofit and community leaders, and policymakers met at the sixth annual Michigan CEO Summit to discuss what it takes to succeed and prosper today, both as individual enterprises and as a state.

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