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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.

BLM 2Q 2017 Economic Forecast: Most Business Leaders Expect to Increase Capital Investment, Employment in Michigan During Next Six Months

May 25, 2017

Business leaders are optimistic about their companies’ ability to add new jobs and investment in Michigan, according to the latest quarterly survey of BLM members....

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BLM 1Q 2017 Economic Forecast : Optimism Still High Among Business Leaders About MI & U.S. Economies

March 15, 2017

Michigan business leaders continue to be optimistic about future growth prospects of the state and national economies, according to the latest quarterly survey of BLM members....

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BLM Outlines Roadmap for Jump-Starting MI Infrastructure Improvements

January 12, 2017

Following a yearlong process of independent research by a globally-recognized consulting firm, Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) today released a study of Michigan’s infrastructure that supports t...

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Investing in Michigan’s Infrastructure: Building for Economic Growth

January 12, 2017

Read BLM’s study on Michigan’s infrastructure that includes an assessment of promising best practices that can be brought to scale to address Michigan’s unique needs. While infrastructure needs ...

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2016 Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report

December 16, 2016

Business Leaders for Michigan is pleased to provide you with this year’s fact-based assessment of Michigan’s economic competitiveness relative to other states. We compare Michigan’s performance ...

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MI Economic Benchmarking Report Shows Need to Accelerate Progress to Become a Top Ten State

December 16, 2016

BLM issued its latest comprehensive report of key economic benchmarking data, which shows Michigan’s growth against key measures like employment, personal income, and productivity isn’t progressin...

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BLM 4Q 2016 Economic Forecast: Election Results Grow Optimism About MI & U.S. Economies

December 7, 2016

Michigan business leaders expressed growing optimism about future growth prospects of the state and national economies this quarter according to the latest quarterly survey of Business Leaders for Mic...

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BLM 3Q 2016 Economic Forecast: MI and U.S. Short & Long-Term Economies Projected to Show Modest Growth

October 3, 2016

The latest quarterly survey of Business Leaders for Michigan forecasts the Michigan and U.S. economies will experience slower growth over the next six to 18 months. ...

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BLM 1Q 2016 Economic Forecast: MI and U.S. short & long-term economies flat; little growth expected

May 24, 2016

The latest quarterly survey of Business Leaders for Michigan forecasts that the Michigan and U.S. economies will continue to experience modest growth over the next six and eighteen months....

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Business Leaders’ Insights: Michigan’s Talent Forecast

April 27, 2016

Michigan’s top economic leaders today issued a series of findings that forecast the state’s readiness to fill high-paying, high-demand jobs with educated and skilled workers. And, while data show ...

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New Michigan Action Plan: Growing a Life Sciences Hub – Michigan’s Bio-Industry Roadmap

February 5, 2016

The Michigan Bio-Industry Roadmap is a five-year strategic plan for growing Michigan’s biosciences industry. ...

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BLM 4Q 2015 Economic Forecast: Slower Near & Long-term Growth; Better in Michigan Than Nation

January 26, 2016

The latest quarterly survey of Business Leaders for Michigan forecasts that the Michigan and U.S. economies will generate very slow growth over the short and long term. They are slightly more optim...

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2015 Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report

November 12, 2015

This report provides a fact-based assessment of Michigan’s economic competitiveness relative to other states. ...

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BLM 3Q 2015 Economic Forecast: Short-term growth slightly positive, long-term growth flat

October 29, 2015

According to a survey conducted by Business Leaders for Michigan, most business leaders forecast the Michigan and U.S. economies will grow modestly over the next six months, followed by flat growth ov...

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BLM 2Q 2015 Economic Forecast: In Short- and Long-Term, Job Leaders Think the MI and U.S. Economies will Stay Flat

July 30, 2015

According to a survey conducted by Business Leaders for Michigan, the majority of Michigan’s largest employers project that the Michigan and U.S. economies will remain flat in the next 6 to 18 month...

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