Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state's business roundtable, is an organization dedicated to making Michigan a “Top Ten” state for job, economic, and personal income growth. The organization is composed exclusively of the chairpersons, chief executives or most senior executives of the state’s largest job providers and universities. Together, our members power nearly one-quarter of the state’s economy and educate nearly one-half of the state's university students. Our members are the economic engine that helps keep Michigan moving.
Our organization’s roots are in Detroit. First founded in the 1970s, BLM existed for decades as southeast Michigan-based Detroit Renaissance, a regionally-based business roundtable. Given the economic challenges experienced by the State of Michigan as a whole, however, our expansion to a statewide organization in 2009 was natural. We now emphasize the development and expansion of jobs, and economic growth across the entire state.
In 2010, progress was also made on three legacy initiatives from the former Detroit Renaissance’s "Road to Renaissance" program:
- Legislation was enacted that provided special incentives to help accelerate the development of the Detroit Region Aerotropolis —the largest economic development collaboration in the state. In the long term, it is projected to attract more than 60,000 jobs to the region and more than $10 billion of additional annual economic activity and production with an aggressive business attraction effort.
- Championed the work of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center, an initiative designed to increase the concentration of creative economy workers and businesses in downtown Detroit.
- Continued support of the Detroit News Hub, a collaborative media relations department for the Detroit region developed to communicate under-reported information.