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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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Business Leaders for Michigan Report shows Michigan local governments are collaborating, more can be done

LANSING, Mich., November 12, 2013 — Regional leaders in Michigan have been pursuing collaboration for some time and will have more opportunities to enhance collaboration in the years ahead, according to a report released today by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) looking at local government collaboration efforts in Michigan.

“More than two-thirds of Michigan voters support providing more funding to units of government that work together by merging services and prioritizing state funding to regions of the state that show they can work together,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President & CEO. “Efforts implemented by the Governor and Legislature over the last few years, such as the Economic Vitality Incentive Program and the Regional Prosperity Initiative recognize the need to incentivize collaboration.”

Key findings of the Business Leaders’ Insights: Local Government Collaboration in Michigan report:

  • Local governments in Michigan are pursuing collaboration as a way to spur economic development and to address the competing pressures of lower revenues and increasing costs
  • Regional collaboration is already underway between many local governments in Michigan with benefits ranging from improved marketing and promotion of regional assets to significant cost savings
  • New laws designed to make collaboration even more attractive haven’t been in place long enough to know whether they will accelerate collaboration, but public support for increased collaboration is strong

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Business Leaders for Michigan takes "Michigan Ambassador" Program to the Big Apple

Top corporate CEOs meet global executives with strong Michigan ties, site selection experts 

New York City, November 7, 2013 — Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state's business roundtable, today brought leading corporate executives to New York City to meet with “Michigan alumni” and top business development leaders to talk about Michigan’s comeback and reestablished position as a leading location for business development and expansion.  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder joined executives in emphasizing the state’s strengths on key factors that lead to economic expansion.   

“In just a few short years, Michigan has transformed its business climate,” said Doug Rothwell, Business Leaders for Michigan President and CEO. “The steps Michigan has taken to become more competitive have paid off.  Our tax climate has flipped from one of the nation’s worst to one of the best, Michigan is a national leader in terms of R&D and talent production and Michigan’s per capita GDP, per capita income and employment have all grown faster than the national average.”

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Playing to Win

At Business Leaders for Michigan, we believe in basing actions on facts – not just what we think. That means we have to know how Michigan stacks up to our competitors to reach our goal of making Michigan a Top Ten state again. 

Last week, we issued the 4th edition of our Economic Competitiveness Benchmarking Report showing where Michigan’s competitive and where we’re not.  Strengths that we can build on include a greatly improved tax and regulatory climate and a more efficient government that is working better and more collaboratively than in the past.

Look at how we stack up to Top performing states on measures of innovation - we produce 30% more patents, our universities generate about 30% more research and development, and the value of our exports is 50% more than Top Ten states. Our capacity to innovate positions us well to meet more of what the world needs – a key characteristic of Top Ten states.

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Charting Michigan’s Comeback

2013 Michigan CEO Summit Showcases Growth & Progress, Pushes for Aggressive, Cohesive Growth Strategy that Leverages the State’s Competitive Strengths

DETROIT, Mich., October 30, 2013 —More than 400 business executives, nonprofit and community leaders, and policymakers met today in Detroit to take stock of Michigan’s economic transformation to date.  Leaders also rallied around winning competitive strategies for moving Michigan and its businesses to the front of the line.

Former Governor John Engler, now CEO of the (U.S.) Business Roundtable, and New York Times bestselling author Daniel Burrus headlined the summit.

Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) unveiled an advance preview of its economic benchmarking report, which shows Michigan is continuing to head in the right direction relative to most economic indicators.

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Business Leaders for Michigan Applauds Legislature for Action on Common Core State Standards

DETROIT Mich., October 24, 2013 — Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, applauds the action taken today by the Michigan Senate and previous action taken by the Michigan House of Representatives to affirm the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for our K12 public schools in Michigan.

“The CCSS are a set of clear expectations internationally benchmarked against high-performing regions around the world, ensuring our student-preparation will be second to none and letting us know if Michigan children are learning at the same pace as those in Indiana and Ohio or India and Japan,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO. “The CCSS are consistent for all - and not dependent on a student's zip code - ensuring all students across the state, gain the knowledge and skills necessary for a career or to further their education. They provide an opportunity for Michigan to learn from innovative practices in other states that may be getting better results.”

“The House and Senate votes in support of Common Core are a credit to the leadership of House Speaker Jase Bolger, House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, and Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer. State Senator Howard Walker and State Representative Tim Kelly, chairs of the committees that took public testimony on the CCSS and sponsored the resolutions allowing the standard to go forward, deserve special recognition for allowing all sides of this debate to be heard and addressing concerns in the resolutions that were ultimately approved.”


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