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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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Former Governor Engler, Daniel Burrus to keynote 2013 Business Leaders for Michigan CEO Summit

Former governor and top business policy leader to share opportunities for business success with hundreds of Michigan business leaders

Detroit, Mich., Oct. 16, 2013 — Today, Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) is announcing that former Michigan Governor John Engler, President of the national CEO group the Business Roundtable,  will be a keynote speaker at its 2013 Michigan CEO Summit on Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit. Engler will share the podium with a power-packed lineup of Michigan’s most respected executives.

“We’ve done a lot to turn Michigan around, but now is the time for us to move from merely being competitive to winning,” said Rothwell. “National policy plays a critical role in Michigan’s ability to compete and win. We’re especially excited that attendees will have the opportunity to hear from former Governor John Engler, one of the nation’s top business policy leaders, who will present a strategy for creating a nation that wins.”

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Business Leaders Forecast: MI Will Grow Faster Than U.S. in Long-Term 

Short-term growth slowing

DETROIT, Mich., October 15, 2013 – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, continues to forecast that Michigan’s economy will grow faster than the U.S. economy over the next eighteen months.  However, business leaders believe both America’s and Michigan’s growth over the next six months will be slower due to lower global demand and domestic financial uncertainty. 

“Michigan’s business leaders continue to believe that Michigan will out-perform the national economy over the next year and a half by a significant margin,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO. “Their more pessimistic short-term outlook reflects continued sluggishness in major export markets and a lack of federal action on interest rate, debt and tax policies.  The belief is that over the long-term global growth will return and some federal issues will get resolved.  Once those things happen, Michigan will benefit disproportionately because we’re a big export state.”

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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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