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Doug Rothwell

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Doug Rothwell has worked as an executive in the public, private and non-profit sectors. For the past decade, he’s led Business Leaders for Michigan – the state’s business roundtable.  He’s served four Governors, including as Delaware’s Chief of Staff, President of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and chair of Governor Rick Snyder’s transition team.  In the business world, he managed General Motors’ 400 million square foot global real estate portfolio and was the CAO at Bank of America’s credit card subsidiary.

Doug chairs the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, chairs the American Center for Mobility (an autonomous and connected vehicle test site), is chair-elect of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Board of Visitors, and serves on the Board of Advisors for UNC athletics, and the management board of the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund.

Doug graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Masters of Public Administration degree, the University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Arts degree and the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School’s Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

He’s a former Presidential Management Fellow and has received the most prestigious honors awarded by the National Governors Association, the Michigan Economic Developers Association and the University of Delaware for his public service.

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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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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 r...

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Business Leaders’ Insights: Ensuring Long-Term Fiscal Stability for Michigan

Apr 18, 2017

Business leaders looking for places to locate or expand operations often consider the stability of government financial operations as a key factor in their site selection decisions. When current level...

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