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Business Leaders for Michigan is an organization dedicated to making Michigan a "Top Ten" state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. Serving as the state's business roundtable, Business Leaders for Michigan is composed of the chairpersons, chief executives or most senior executives of the state’s largest job providers and universities. Read more...

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WJR Business Leaders Insights: Doug Rothwell on the 2013 Michigan CEO Summit

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Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) and WJR present Business Insights. In this edition, BLM President & CEO Doug Rothwell joins Kelly Chesney, BLM Vice President of Marketing & Communications to discuss the upcoming 2013 Michigan CEO Summit, "Putting Michigan in the Winner's Circle".




Second annual Michigan CEO Summit on October 30 to focus on strategies to make Michigan a winning location for investment, innovation, and jobs

DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 10, 2013  - Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, has released the agenda for its second annual Michigan CEO Summit to be held from 8:00am to 3:00pm on October 30, 2013 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit.  This fast-paced event includes a powerful line-up of some of Michigan's most respected CEOs and entrepreneurs from across the state.

“Our state is on a winning path towards a New Michigan,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President & CEO. “We’ve taken steps to make Michigan competitive, but being competitive isn’t enough. The Michigan CEO Summit is an opportunity for Michigan’s business and opinion leaders to align behind ideas that will propel us beyond being competitive and into the winner’s circle for investment, jobs and innovation.”

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Updated Performance Tracker for Michigan Public Universities reveals efforts to control costs, make degrees accessible

Michigan’s public universities continue to outperform peers in producing graduates with critical skills employers need

DETROIT, Mich., Oct. 7, 2013 – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, today released an updated version of Michigan’s Performance Tracker for Public Universities, a website that identifies the performance of Michigan’s 15 public universities compared to their peers.  The update ranks each school across more than 30 different data points.

Michigan’s Performance Tracker for Public Universities makes the state a national leader in providing students, parents and policy makers an easy way to compare the performance of Michigan’s public universities,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO. “The data shows that Michigan’s public universities outperform their peers in producing more graduates with the critical skills employers need.”

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WKZO: Doug Rothwell discusses survey results, optimism for Detroit

Business Leaders for Michigan President and CEO Doug Rothwell was interviewed on WKZO on Sept. 30 2013. He discussed BLM's latest survey results, in which more than 60 percent of respondents felt optimistic about the future of Detroit. 

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Survey Finds “Great Optimism for Detroit”

City residents believe things will get better in 2014, overwhelmingly support Duggan

DETROIT, Mich., Sept. 26, 2003—A new survey of Detroit voters reveals city residents’ abiding belief in the city’s future, with more than 60 percent of respondents saying things will get better during the next year.

“There’s been a tremendous amount of media coverage devoted to Detroit in recent months, but we hope this is the story that sticks,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. “The people of Detroit are resilient, optimistic, and ready for change.” 

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