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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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Bruce Katz of The Brookings Institute and Doug Rothwell of Business Leaders for Michigan talk about importance of Michigan's urban areas

Hear about the role that cities and metro areas have in shaping our state's economy, and charting a course for the New Michigan.






Michigan Metros Well Positioned For Next Economy: Federal And State Action Could Accelerate Growth

DETROIT, Mich., February 23, 2012 – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, today released a strategy for accelerating the economic growth of Michigan’s cities and regions.  The report, Michigan’s Metropolitan and Urban Strategy, was prepared by Public Sector Consultants and the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program.

“This report reinforces the 2012 Michigan Turnaround Plan and the need to accelerate the growth of our cities and metro regions to become a Top Ten state for job, economic and personal income growth,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO.  “Michigan’s metro regions benchmark competitively to national peers on economic performance and assets.  The report outlines steps the state and local communities can take to go from competitive to best in class in economic growth.”

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Business Leaders for Michigan Unveil Recommendations for Helping Michigan Cities and Metro Areas Achieve Their Economic Potential

What: At a meeting of the Detroit Economic Club, Business Leaders for Michigan, in conjunction with The Brookings Institution, will discuss a number of the key drivers of the next economy. They will focus on how Michigan's cities and metro areas stack up with their peers, and discuss what can be done to help strengthen our cities and metro areas and grow their economies.

When: Thursday, February 23, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

Where: MotorCity Casino Hotel, Grand Ballroom

(Ballroom is in the lower level of the MotorCity Casino Hotel Meeting space.  Media Registration will be near the lower level entrance to the Sound Board.)


Bruce Katz, Vice President at the Brookings Institution and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program  

James B. Nicholson, President & CEO, PVS Chemicals, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Business Leaders for Michigan.

Doug Rothwell, President & CEO, Business Leaders for Michigan


Michigan Metros Strong In Recovery, Weak In Overall Performance

The most recent Brookings study of the 100 largest U.S. metro areas performance before and after the recession shows that Detroit was among the 20 weakest overall, but 40 strongest in recovery.  Grand Rapids was among the 40 weakest overall, but 20 strongest in recovery.


Building on the Strengths of Michigan’s Cities

Business Leaders for Michigan commissions study of regional strengths, areas of opportunity critical to the redevelopment of Michigan’s urban cores and metropolitan areas.

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