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Michigan CEOs Review Economic Progress, Discuss Statewide Prosperity at Summit

State Must Boost Value if Growth Is to Continue 

DETROIT, Mich., November 12, 2015 — Michigan’s economic future is threatened by a lack of cohesion behind a common strategy for growing the economy and prioritizing investments in areas that will improve the state’s overall competitiveness such as education and training beyond high school, innovation and assets and economic development according to panelists presenting at today’s CEO summit hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) in Detroit. 

An audience of 500 senior leaders from the fields of business, policy, education and advocacy gathered at the Westin Book Cadillac for updates and discussion related to Michigan’s economic growth.   

“Thanks to major policy changes since 2009, Michigan’s economy has experienced a surge of growth that has outpaced nearly all other U.S. states,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. “However, our progress in absolute terms is still very low compared to our peers. If we want to attract fresh talent and new employers, we need to make absolutely sure the value Michigan offers is worth the cost of locating here.” 

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Charting the Course to Michigan’s Future

CEO Summit Highlights Growth & Progress, Pushes for Aggressive Strategy that Leverages the State’s Competitive Strengths 

DETROIT, Mich. November 13, 2014—An audience of 400+ business, nonprofit and community leaders, and policymakers gathered today at the Westin Book Cadillac to take stock of Michigan’s economic transformation to date and rally around strategies for moving Michigan forward. Headlined by XPRIZE Chairman and CEO Peter Diamandis and McKinsey & Co. Director Jonathan Woetzel, the event emphasized the need for aggressive action to compete in today’s highly competitive economy. 

“The pace of change in business has rapidly increased,” said Jeff Fettig, Chairman and CEO of the Whirlpool Corporation and Chair of Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), which hosted today’s event. “You have to be first in the market or better than everyone else.  Industry leaders must constantly be reinventing themselves if they are to stay ahead of the curve and Michigan must too.”

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WJR Business Leaders Insights: Doug Rothwell on the upcoming Michigan CEO Summit

In this edition of Business Leaders Insights, BLM Vice President of Marketing & Communications Kelly Chesney is joined by BLM President & CEO Doug Rothwell. 

Rothwell talks about the upcoming Nov. 13 Michigan CEO Summit, a fast-paced half day event where attendees will hear directly from some of the nation's top minds on how we can help Michigan continue its turnaround, better understand our competitors and position ourselves and our businesses to take advantage of emerging global trends through innovation and collaboration.

For more information, including the event agenda and registration information, click here. 

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Register today for the 3rd Annual Michigan CEO Summit!

Register today for the 3rd Annual Michigan CEO Summit!


Charting the Course for Michigan's Future

The Michigan CEO Summit is a do-not-miss event for business and community leaders.  MI is coming back, but to continue the gains made, we need to aggressively up our game and prepare our businesses and state to thrive in a fiercely competitive global market.

Join us to hear directly from some of the nation's top minds on how we can help MI continue its turnaround, better understand our competitors and position ourselves and our businesses to take advantage of emerging global trends through innovation and collaboration. 

It will be a fast-paced day of important information and great networking opportunities. 

Event agenda is now available! 

Space is limited!  Click here to learn more. . .

November 13, 2014 |  The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit

8:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Admission $125 (includes breakfast & lunch)


Just Ahead: The 2014 CEO Summit

If you're not already registered for this year's CEO Summit at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, you'll want to be sure to sign up soon.  Our agenda is action-packed with speakers and topics that will not only help our state continue its turnaround, but also support new ideas for innovation and collaboration in your own daily work.

Peter Diamandis Don't miss Peter Diamandis.  Named by Fortune Magazine as "One of 50 of the World's Greatest Leaders," the X Prize chairman and CEO delivers this year's keynote following a day of fast-paced panel discussions and networking.  This year's panels include discussions about keeping Michigan on the leading edge of global competition and innovation. You'll also learn how successful entrepreneurs maintain their edge, how to effectively launch new start-ups, and how to keep your business competitive in the long term.


There's a lot to explore, click here to learn more and register!

November 13, 2014 |  The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit 

 8:00 - 3:00 p.m. | Admission $125