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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
Feb172015

No Time to Lose 

The 2015 legislative session is already underway, and it's clear that state lawmakers and the Governor have a busy year planned. So do we.

There's no time to lose when it comes to implementing The Michigan Turnaround Plan. In fact, we must act more aggressively than ever to boost jobs and incomes. We need to invest in the assets that matter most, our transportation and higher education infrastructure, and take steps to cement the gains we've made so far.

BLM is a strong supporter of this May's road funding ballot proposal. We're also pushing hard for increased funding for job training and the state's colleges and universities. We applaud the Governor's 2016 budget recommendation because it recognizes the importance of these things in boosting incomes and growing jobs. Our agenda also includes ongoing work to ensure support for the growth of New Michigan industries like life sciences, mobility, engineering, natural resources, and logistics. We are aggressively working to help grow the things that matter most-transforming Michigan into a center for innovation and an aspirational destination for all.

It's going to be an exciting year as Michigan takes more steps toward its future as a Top Ten state. 

Friday
Mar072014

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

Thursday
May102012

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

Thursday
Feb022012

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.