The Michigan Turnaround Plan recognizes the importance of making investments to grow the economy, but also the need to prioritize them on growing talent and building infrastructure while paying down debt. The Governor's FY15 Budget Recommendation will give more kids a chance to start school ready to learn, increase college affordability, provide more workers the technical training they need, fix more of our roads and reduce future fiscal liabilities.
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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Supports investment strategy; urges consensus on long-term transportation funding solution
DETROIT, Mich., February 5, 2014 – “The Governor’s budget reflects how Top Ten states prioritize state spending to grow the economy," said Doug Rothwell, President and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan. “In our view, state investments should be prioritized in areas that will accelerate the growth of our state such as in education and infrastructure, while paying down debt. The Governor’s budget makes significant investments expanding pre-school education, implementing strong K12 academic standards and assessments, and increasing college affordability – actions that will ensure Michigan has the future talent it needs.
“This budget marks the third consecutive year with an increase in funding for our colleges and universities tied to performance measures, including controlling college costs. We applaud the Governor for proposing this strategic reinvestment in our higher education institutions. While we understand the difficulty in reaching a legislative consensus on road funding and support the Governor’s request for additional one-time repair monies, it does not replace the need for additional long-term funding. We also support continued investments to the Budget Stabilization Fund and other efforts that encourage regions in our state to work together to deliver services efficiently and effectively.”
Michigan's University Research Corridor Makes Strong Showing among Eight Leading U.S. Research Clusters
LANSING, Mich. (Jan. 21, 2014) – Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) ranks high among eight university innovation clusters in a new measure that examines R&D spending, research commercialization and talent production, according to a new Economic Impact Report released today.
The URC – consisting of Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University – ranked second in the Innovation Power Ranking when compared to seven other major university research clusters in six states, including well-known hubs such as North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, California’s Innovation Hubs and Massachusetts’ Route 128 Corridor.
The report, prepared by East Lansing, Mich.-based Anderson Economic Group (AEG), showed that the URC universities conferred 32,483 graduate and undergraduate degrees in 2012, more than any of the university innovation clusters the URC has benchmarked itself against since 2007. The URC also granted the highest number of medical degrees and second-highest number of high-demand degrees overall, saw its research and development spending rise to nearly $2.1 billion and continued to commercialize its research through patents and start-up companies.
DETROIT, Mich., January 16, 2014 — “Business Leaders for Michigan is pleased that Governor Snyder continues to focus on many of the priorities needed to continue Michigan’s turnaround,” said Doug Rothwell, President and CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan. “Our policy priorities for 2014 are continued sound fiscal management, fixing our roads, making college more affordable and accelerating job growth.
“We applaud the Governor’s effort to make Michigan even more welcoming to immigrants. Attracting immigrants with advanced academic degrees or entrepreneurial aspirations will help the state attract investment and create jobs. Another critical step forward is reducing Michigan’s unemployment rate by giving more children the opportunity to get a community college or university degree. To do that, we need to increase access and make college more affordable. We’re hopeful the Governor will recommend enough in his budget to stem the tide of rising tuition and look forward to working with the Administration and the Legislature to make Michigan a “top ten” state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy.”
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.”