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Tim Sowton

Tim Sowton is Vice President, Government Affairs & Public Policy for Business Leaders for Michigan and is responsible for policy advocacy, policy development, and supporting the organization’s benchmarking efforts.

Prior to joining Business Leaders for Michigan, Tim was Regional Director of Government Relations for R. L. Polk & Co., based in Southfield, Michigan. In that position, Tim managed all government relations efforts for a 17-state region, including Michigan. In addition, he supported the company’s business development efforts, negotiating agreements with private vendors. Tim also served for nine years in the administration of former Governor John Engler, holding several positions focusing on policy and legislation, with his last position being Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs.

Tim has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan.

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One More Item On Our 2018 To-Do List

Dec 12, 2018

Leading What’s Next… As we come to the end of another calendar year, it’s great to reflect on all that has been accomplished. We’ve made new strides in connecting business with...

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Data

BLM releases 2018 statewide economic benchmarking data

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

Jul 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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After 10 years of steady growth, Michigan’s economy faces headwinds

Jul 11, 2019

As of July, the U.S. economic recovery from the Great Recession is now the longest in American history, dating to the 1850s. Yet several factors are emerging that could leave the state more vulnerable...

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Editorial: Time is now to make roads funding deal

Jun 26, 2019

A coalition of business advocates last week had a simple message for legislators: Fix the roads before you hit the road. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Re...

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