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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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BLM Statement in Response to the 2015 MI State of the State Address

In response to the 2015 Michigan State of the State address, Business Leaders for Michigan released the following statement: 

"Business Leaders for Michigan believes fixing our roads and accelerating efforts to increase both education and skill levels are the most important steps the legislature can take this year to create more good jobs. Helping more people get the education and job skills they need to secure jobs will require both greater state support and collaboration to make college more affordable. Fixing the roads and continuing to prioritize job training and higher education funding in the budget are the next steps in Michigan's turnaround.  The Governor's priorities align well with these goals."

---- Doug Rothwell, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan.

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BLMs 3Q Economic Outlook Survey: Negative near & long-term U.S. economic outlook will impact Michigan

DETROIT, Mich., October 24, 2011 – A survey of Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, shows that the state’s largest employers are forecasting an increasingly negative outlook for the U.S. economy that will affect Michigan.

“Business leaders are growing very concerned about the nation’s short and long term economic outlook,” said Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan.  “While Michigan’s largest employers have a much more positive view of Michigan’s prospects, their view of the national economy is that it will negatively impact Michigan’s growth.”

“The good news from this survey is that Michigan’s largest employers believe they will out-perform their competitors over the near and long-term and they are much more optimistic about Michigan’s long-term economic prospects than they were a couple of years ago,” said Rothwell. “About one-third of Business Leaders for Michigan companies are forecasting increased job creation and investment in Michigan over the next six months.”

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