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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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Consistency Will Build a New Michigan

Ask any business leader what they value most in a location and they'll tell you a healthy business climate is key.  And they're right. Thriving communities, a talented workforce, favorable tax and regulatory environments and strong infrastructure do matter-a lot.
But there's more to the story. If the business climate is cyclical or prone to change, it becomes very difficult for a business to make any lasting headway. Therefore, smart business leaders will add a caveat to their answer, telling you they want a consistently healthy business climate. 
Businesses typically make investments that take years to recoup. Economic, political or structural volatility prevents companies from delivering predictable results for shareholders and investors.   While MI has made great progress the past five years rebuilding our economy, there are warning signs that we're forgetting this first axiom of business success.

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Agenda Released for 4th Annual MI CEO Summit

Competitiveness, Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Job Growth are Key Themes 

DETROIT, Mich., September 14, 2015 — Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, released the full agenda and speaker list for its upcoming Michigan CEO Summit on Nov. 12, 2015 at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit.

The fourth annual Michigan CEO Summit will bring together more than 400 business executives, policymakers, and community leaders to assess Michigan’s continued progress toward a comeback and discuss new strategies to keep the state moving forward. This year’s speakers will reinforce the theme that businesses, organizations—and even states—need to be constantly innovating to advance and remain competitive in our rapidly changing world. The event costs $125 and includes breakfast and lunch.

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New MI Higher Ed Council Begins Work

A unique panel of business, government and college/university leaders met today, launching a new, voluntary partnership aimed at boosting the economic contributions of Michigan’s higher education sector.

The Michigan Higher Education Partnership Council was created in response to a growing demand for educated, skilled workers in Michigan and the need to fully leverage the potential of higher education to meet that demand and drive economic growth.  The partnership is unique in that other such bodies across the nation are usually operated by government or public authorities.  

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Michigan's auto industry: A sure bet

"A sure bet."  We've all heard that line before.  But when it comes to Michigan, the auto industry remains the surest bet we can make.  Our largest industry has not only led Michigan's comeback, it also has the ability to produce tens of thousands of new, high-paying jobs if we play our cards right.  

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Technology is transforming automobiles into mobile devices that allow us to work, get informed and be entertained while we safely transport ourselves.  Michigan has an unique opportunity to diversify and grow our economy by attracting businesses that are fueling this transformation and have never considered locating here before. You may remember that BLM identified this opportunity to become the "Global Center of Mobility" in its New Michigan growth strategy.

The good news is that Michigan took a big step toward realizing its future automotive opportunities with the opening of Mcity on the University of Michigan's North Campus.  Mcity is the world's first full-service research facility specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies.  BLM is now working with a team of partners to develop additional testing centers, attract federal research, convene mobility conferences and expand education programs. 

And this is only the beginning. Michigan is ready to rev the engines of its auto sector and continue its industry leadership.  It is the surest bet that we can make for the people of our state.


BLM 2Q Economic Forecast: In Short- and Long-Term, Job Leaders Think the MI and U.S. Economies will Stay Flat

DETROIT, Mich., July 30, 2015 – According to a survey conducted by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, the majority of Michigan’s largest employers project that the Michigan and U.S. economies will remain flat in the next 6 to 18 months. 

“The majority of Michigan’s largest employers believe that the state's economy will remain essentially the same over the next six to eighteen months – and only slightly outpace the nation over the same time period,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO. “Recent global conditions in China, Europe and the Middle East are clearly having an impact. But Michigan’s inability to adopt a long-term road solution and talk of dramatically scaling-back economic development have also contributed to a climate of uncertainty.”

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