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10 reasons to attend the Michigan CEO Summit

September 11, 2019

Two keynote speakers: Ritch Allison of Domino’s & Craig Menear of Home Depot The greatest networking opportunity: attended by 400+ executives from corporations, nonprofits & associations Learn how to access an untapped skilled talent pool 🛠 Find out where Michigan stands on key indicators of competitiveness 📈 Economists will discuss whether we’re really headed for...

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Continuing Michigan’s momentum into the summer

June 11, 2019

We predicted it would be a productive May for Michigan, and it truly was. Within the first 6 months of a “divided” state government in Lansing, our state policymakers worked together to solve one of our state’s longest-standing problems – the highest automobile insurance rates in the nation. The solution involved tough negotiations and give...

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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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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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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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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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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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It’s Time to Get Down to Business

January 20, 2018

The Amazon decision should rally us to work harder, much harder, to produce the talent we need to create good jobs.

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A New Year with New Opportunities to Grow

January 12, 2018

In 2018, BLM will be working to codify into law the practices that have been used to strengthen Michigan's fiscal position. We will continue to emphasize the importance of producing the talent we need to create good jobs by improving our K-12 and job training systems, and making college education more affordable.

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Press Releases

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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Key Steps to a Stronger Michigan

June 13, 2017

There are three major items before the legislature that need swift action that are essential to strengthening our state: 1) finalizing the budget 2) addressing unfunded pension liabilities, and 3) improving Michigan's ability to compete for large scale projects with hundreds of good paying jobs.

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Let’s Bring More Good Paying Jobs to Michigan

May 10, 2017

Michigan doesn't just need more jobs, we need more good jobs-jobs that help people afford the food, housing, child care and transportation they need to be prosperous. Good paying jobs will allow our residents to grow and thrive. Good paying jobs will make our state stronger and more competitive.

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Growing more good jobs for Michigan

March 8, 2017

We've got to do whatever it takes to grow more and better jobs right here at home. That includes making sure Michigan has basic but essential economic development and jobs attraction tool it needs to compete - a simple but potent tax incentive that's transparent, doesn't pick winners and losers and only pays out if jobs are created

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What’s next for Michigan?

February 13, 2017

Now, more than six years into MI's economic recovery, it's time to start looking ahead. We've been growing quickly, but will this growth be enough to sustain us in the event of a future economic downturn?

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