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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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Tuesday
Dec022014

LET'S FIX OUR ROADS NOW!

Michigan's urban roadways are crumbling. It's not a surprise that that they rank 45th in the nation. Even worse, one-third of the state's bridges are deficient.

These conditions are unacceptable for MI drivers and for businesses working to deliver products and goods to the world market.

As MI lawmakers wrap up their work in December, it is important that they find a long-term funding solution for state roads and bridges. MI only spends about half the Great Lakes average on its roads, and it is reflected in the condition of them. Our failure to invest adequately in our transportation infrastructure today will ultimately result in fewer jobs, lower income and reduced GDP.

If MI truly wants to compete, we need to invest in a system of safe and sound roads and bridges for our residents and businesses. While we know it's not easy to raise taxes in the short term, we need to remain focused on our long-term economic objectives and do what is right keep drivers and businesses on the move.

This week, the Michigan House of Representatives will be discussing how to fund our roads and bridges. Click here to find your legislator and let them know that MI needs a long-term transportation solution, that is:

  • Large enough to solve the problem. It's not enough to just fix what we have. We need a solution that allows us to expand capacity as well.
  • Sustainable. We cannot continue to use General Fund dollars to support roads when those dollars need to be prioritized for our other urgent needs - training and educating our workforce.
  • Efficient and effective. Any new revenues must go to our transportation infrastructure and come with guarantees that taxpayer dollars will be spent efficiently and effectively.

Your voice matters! Let our legislators know that you support a long-term funding solution for roads and bridges.

Thursday
Nov132014

Business Leaders for Michigan Applauds Passage of MI Senate’s Transportation Package

DETROIT, Mich. – Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, strongly applauded today the Senate passage of a long-term solution to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges. 

Doug Rothwell, BLM President & CEO, said that today’s Senate action will help existing Michigan companies and prospective businesses see that our state is willing to take care of itself. 

“Business executives rank access to and condition of highways as one of the top factors in making site location decisions,” Rothwell said. “If we want to protect the jobs we have and grow new jobs, we need to fix our roads and bridges. Today was a major step in the right direction.” 

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Wednesday
Nov122014

Charting the Course to Michigan’s Future

CEO Summit Highlights Growth & Progress, Pushes for Aggressive Strategy that Leverages the State’s Competitive Strengths 

DETROIT, Mich. November 13, 2014—An audience of 400+ business, nonprofit and community leaders, and policymakers gathered today at the Westin Book Cadillac to take stock of Michigan’s economic transformation to date and rally around strategies for moving Michigan forward. Headlined by XPRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis and McKinsey & Co. Director Jonathan Woetzel, the event emphasized the need for aggressive action to compete in today’s highly competitive economy. 

“The pace of change in business has rapidly increased,” said Jeff Fettig, Chairman and CEO of the Whirlpool Corporation and Chair of Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), which hosted today’s event. “You have to be first in the market or better than everyone else.  Industry leaders must constantly be reinventing themselves if they are to stay ahead of the curve and Michigan must too.”

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Tuesday
Oct212014

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

In this edition of Business Leaders Insights, BLM Vice President of Marketing & Communications Kelly Chesney is joined by BLM President & CEO Doug Rothwell. 

Rothwell talks about the upcoming Nov. 13 Michigan CEO Summit, a fast-paced half day event where attendees will hear directly from some of the nation's top minds on how we can help Michigan continue its turnaround, better understand our competitors and position ourselves and our businesses to take advantage of emerging global trends through innovation and collaboration.

For more information, including the event agenda and registration information, click here. 

Download the podcast. 

Thursday
Oct092014

Register today for the 3rd Annual Michigan CEO Summit!

Register today for the 3rd Annual Michigan CEO Summit!

 

Charting the Course for Michigan's Future

The Michigan CEO Summit is a do-not-miss event for business and community leaders.  MI is coming back, but to continue the gains made, we need to aggressively up our game and prepare our businesses and state to thrive in a fiercely competitive global market.

Join us to hear directly from some of the nation's top minds on how we can help MI continue its turnaround, better understand our competitors and position ourselves and our businesses to take advantage of emerging global trends through innovation and collaboration. 

It will be a fast-paced day of important information and great networking opportunities. 

Event agenda is now available! 

Space is limited!  Click here to learn more. . .


November 13, 2014 |  The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

8:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Admission $125 (includes breakfast & lunch)