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Building the Infrastructure to Support a New Michigan

January 14, 2017

Thanks to the Governor's leadership on this issue, we now have findings from the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission that suggest there is better way of planning and prioritizing the state's future projects, so we can generate more efficient, effective results.

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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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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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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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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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We All Have A Role in Building a New Michigan

July 15, 2016

The August 2nd Primary Election provides Michigan voters the opportunity to choose their Michigan House of Representatives candidates for the General Election this fall. By casting an informed vote, you can help ensure that our state continues the turnaround that is already underway.

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Being a Leader of the Pack

June 13, 2016

Michigan has a greatly improved business climate that's made us competitive again, and that's great. But we cannot afford to be complacent when we still have an average unemployment rate, below average income levels and flat population growth.

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Get More Than a High School Education

May 16, 2016

Our latest study shows the state is generally prepared to meet the demand for high-wage jobs over the next three years. However, the trend is changing - and fast.

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Michigan’s Second Wind

February 11, 2016

Here in Michigan, we're in the middle of a marathon. We've been turning around our economy and making steps toward real, lating prosperity.

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New Year, New Goals, New Michigan

January 15, 2016

Michigan's turnaround to date has been the result of a lot of hard work by businesses and people across our state. It's also been facilitated by state tax, fiscal and regulatory changes that created a better business climate.

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Going from Good to Great

December 15, 2015

It's time for a fresh outlook. In Michigan, we need to set our sights even higher. We can't be satisfied with being a good state-we have to become great again.

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Consistency Will Build a New Michigan

September 17, 2015

Ask any business leader what they value most in a location and they’ll tell you a healthy business climate is key.  And they’re right. Thriving communities, a talented workforce, favorable tax and regulatory environments and strong infrastructure do matter-a lot. But there’s more to the story. If the business climate is cyclical or prone to...

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New MI Higher Ed Council Begins Work

August 13, 2015

A unique panel of business, government and college/university leaders met today, launching a new, voluntary partnership aimed at boosting the economic contributions of Michigan’s higher education sector. The Michigan Higher Education Partnership Council was created in response to a growing demand for educated, skilled workers in Michigan and the need to fully leverage the potential...

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Michigan’s auto industry: A sure bet

August 11, 2015

“A sure bet.”  We’ve all heard that line before.  But when it comes to Michigan, the auto industry remains the surest bet we can make.  Our largest industry has not only led Michigan’s comeback, it also has the ability to produce tens of thousands of new, high-paying jobs if we play our cards right. Technology...

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