Our Priorities

Accelerate our economy

Michigan has made significant advancements in business growth over the past dozen years. We are creating new businesses, adding jobs, and building a strong foundation to continue our economic development. Yet the state’s economy, like the national and global economy, has undergone significant change since the middle of the last century.

There’s much more that needs to be done if Michigan is to become a magnet for jobs, people and prosperity. Changing our state’s course will require us to come together around a bold approach for the Michigan we want in 10 years.

Now is the time to unite around a consistent, holistic economic development strategy so that Michigan can become a top state for income and population growth.

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Photos provided by Consumers Energy and Visit Detroit

Key National Metrics


In Median Household Income


In Net Business Creation


Poverty Rate

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Photo provided by Dakkota Integrated Systems
Why It Matters

Economic disruptions in Michigan and across the globe mean it’s even more critical that we focus on investments and actions that drive growth.

Michigan must grow incumbent industries and diversify our economy. As the auto industry rapidly transitions to autonomous and electric vehicles, the state needs to meet the shifting needs of automakers while also attracting and growing emerging industries such as life sciences, IT, professional and business services, and food processing.

Additional measures are required to strengthen Michigan’s competitiveness, including in workforce and talent development and customer service.

We must
act now

170k Michigan jobs at risk due to the EV transition - equal to the number of jobs in Lansing and Grand Rapids


Directly Impacted Jobs


Indirectly Impacted Jobs


Total Michigan Jobs at Risk

Recommendations to Accelerate Our Economy

Drive a consistent and competitive state economic development strategy across political terms

  • Grow incumbent industries: Help Michigan companies overcome disruption and grow in the midst of economic uncertainty

    • Win the EV transition

  • Diversify the economy: Cultivate emerging industries in sectors such as life sciences, IT, research and food processing

  • Become a start-up and scale-up state: Ensure entrepreneurs can start and grow in our state

    • Leverage our universities and corporate research and development capabilities to drive high growth entrepreneurship/innovation hubs and opportunities

    • Ensure equitable access to venture capital, incubators and accelerators to improve scale-up activities

  • Grow and strengthen Michigan’s R&D sector: Secure Michigan’s position as a destination for research and development investment in existing and emerging sectors

  • Organize for regional success: Support competitiveness of our regions through collaboration and funding for economic, education, and workforce development ecosystems

  • Ensure sustainable funding: Prioritize consistent funding for economic development at a statewide level

  • Drive regulatory reform: Expedite permit approvals to improve economic development
2022 Business Leader for Michigan Board Retreat
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Photo provided by The Right Place and the Economic Development Department of Grand Rapids

Become a leading state for business attraction and retention

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Photo provided by Dakkota Industries
  • Provide best-in-class customer service, including quicker response times with a full suite of options to companies considering expansion

  • Prepare prioritized sites for future opportunities: Develop a statewide industrial and commercial site development program

  • Provide competitive incentives: Stay ahead of the competition with innovative, predictable, easy to navigate incentive packages for business retention and attraction

  • Increase access to talent: Develop a statewide program to provide fast, flexible, customized training for companies moving to or expanding in the state