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At Business Leaders for Michigan, we pride ourselves on developing strategies that are research-driven and fact-based. Our proposals and strategies are grounded in Michigan’s ongoing economic realities and aimed at bringing new vitality and competitiveness to our state. Our featured and most recent studies, reports and benchmarking websites are included below.

Business Leaders for Michigan Economic Forecast: MI Expected to Continue Growing Slower than Nation

February 7, 2020

LANSING—Michigan’s largest employers anticipate the state’s economic growth will continue to lag that of the U.S., though they are generally more optimistic about both the state and national eco...

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BLM 3Q 2019 economic forecast: Business Leaders convey mixed views of Michigan, U.S. economies

October 16, 2019

DETROIT — Michigan’s business leaders will focus on the state’s ability to weather a major recession and thrive in a knowledge economy when they meet at a major CEO summit in Detroit next month....

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BLM 2Q 2019 economic forecast: Business leaders predict stable growth for Michigan, U.S.

July 31, 2019

Capital investment, job growth expected to remain stable over next 6–12 months but growing number see downturn ahead DETROIT— A majority of Michigan business leaders expect to continue or boost th...

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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...

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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 b...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Business Leaders’ Insights: Worker Training Program Best Practices to Support Business Attraction and Expansion

July 1, 2018

To ensure Michigan’s economic competitiveness and promote the prosperity of Michigan residents and our communities, our workforce must be trained to meet the needs of a global 21st century economy. ...

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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 quart...

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Business Leaders’ Insights: Leading Practices in K–12 Education That Can Improve Student Outcomes 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 fo...

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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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2017 Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report

November 8, 2017

BLM’s 2017 Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report tells the story of a state that is recovering faster than most other states, but has more ground to make up. ...

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MI Voters Think Schools Doing Better Than They Are

September 28, 2017

BLM released findings from a recent survey on K–12 education, which show strong voter interest for greater improvement in Michigan schools. ...

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BLM 3Q 2017 Economic Forecast: MI’s Top Business Leaders Continue to Anticipate Investment, Jobs During Next Six Months

September 26, 2017

The state’s largest businesses forecast stable to increasing economic activity for both Michigan and the U.S. according to the latest quarterly survey of BLM members....

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