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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

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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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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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2019 Goal: Finding Common Ground

Jan 15, 2019

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