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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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Accelerating Job Growth via Investments in Higher Ed

How do we keep our recent job growth success going?  One way is by giving more kids a chance to earn technical or college degrees.  All the data says we'll need more workers with an education beyond high school in the years ahead and that they will make and work more over their careers than those with just a high school degree.

But in Michigan, we've made it harder for kids to get the education they need.  We went from being a Top Ten to a Bottom Ten state for college affordability over the past decade due to a dramatic decline in state support.  The result was a cost shift to students and parents at a time when they could least afford it. 

The state began modestly reinvesting in college education the past two years.  This year, Governor Snyder proposed a 6% increase that would keep tuition at or below the rate of inflation.  BLM strongly supports the Governor's proposal and urges you to call your legislator and ask them to do the same.  Nothing could better help us fill the jobs of the future.

 Richardville Support for Higher Ed 03.18.14


Business Leaders For Michigan 1Q Economic Outlook Survey

More optimistic about outlook for Michigan than U.S.

DETROIT, Mich., May 10, 2012 – A survey of Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, shows that the state’s largest employers are more optimistic about Michigan’s short and long-term economic outlook than for the nation. 

“Michigan’s largest job providers are bullish on the state’s economic prospects and backing it up with increased hiring and investment,” said Doug Rothwell, President & CEO.  “Business leader optimism about the state’s long-term economy is at a three year high and nearly a third of the largest job providers are planning increased hiring and investment in the next six months.”

Download the full survey


Michigan CEO Summit Agenda: Lineup of top job providers to fuel discussion on efforts to grow the New Michigan economy

Today Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) announced the full agenda for the first-ever Michigan CEO Summit which will bring more than a dozen of Michigan’s top executives together to share strategies for building the state’s economic future. The daylong event will be held on March 15, 2012 at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel in Detroit and will focus on strategies for achieving success at the local, state and national levels, and explore new ways to innovate, invest, and accelerate Michigan’s economic growth.

“This event provides a unique opportunity for business, civic and community leaders to hear directly from Michigan’s largest job providers about what they think are the major trends that will most impact our state’s economy,” said Doug Rothwell, President and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan.  “We will also focus on Michigan’s greatest challenges and opportunities and what business and others can do to grow the New Michigan economy.”

Download the full press release.