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At Business Leaders for Michigan, we pride ourselves on developing strategies that are research-driven and fact-based.  Our proposals and strategies are grounded in Michigan’s ongoing economic realities and aimed at bringing new vitality and competitiveness to our state.

Our most recent studies and reports are included below. A list of categories and document titles are available to the right.

Thursday
May082014

Michigan Voters: “Let’s Fix Detroit”

Statewide Survey Shows Widespread Support for City’s Recovery

DETROIT, Mich., May 8, 2014  —Business Leaders for Michigan today released the results of a statewide survey showing more than 87 percent of Michigan voters believe revitalizing Detroit is important to the state’s overall economy. 

In addition, more than 45 percent of Michigan voters approve of the way Gov. Snyder has handled the city’s bankruptcy.

“All across Michigan—from the Upper Peninsula and the Thumb to West and Southeast Michigan—we’re seeing strong value being placed on a healthy Detroit,” said Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan. “Whatever the solution is at the end of the day, it’s clear that voters know we need a strong Detroit to keep building a vital economy for our entire state.”

The BLM survey also showed that a large margin of voters (66%) also support a 20-year/$350 million funding proposal to be used as a state match to private foundation support as part of an overall deal to protect pension benefits and preserve the DIA’s art collection.

 “Voter support for a Detroit funding proposal is above 50 percent in every region of the state and crosses party lines,” Rothwell said.  “Democrats, Republican, Independents—they all support state involvement and support for Detroit’s fiscal health.”

The 600-sample telephone survey of registered likely Michigan General Election voters was conducted by the Glengariff Group between April 22–26, 2014.  The survey has a margin of error of +/-4.0 percent with a 95 percent level of confidence.

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Download the press release and survey. 

Wednesday
Apr232014

Business Leaders Forecast: In Short- and Long-Term, Job Leaders Continue to be More Optimistic about MI Economy than U.S. Economy 

DETROIT, Mich., April 23, 2014 – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, projects that the Michigan and U.S. economies will grow in the next 6 and 18 months and expects Michigan’s economy to continue to outperform the U.S. economy.

“The good news from this survey is that Michigan’s largest employers continue to be much more optimistic about Michigan’s short- and long-term economic prospects than they were a couple of years ago,” said Doug Rothwell, President and CEO.  “Job providers continue to be bullish on the state’s economic prospects and are backing it up with increased hiring and investment. More than half of Business Leaders for Michigan companies are forecasting increased investment in Michigan over the next six months.”

Highlights of the survey of Business Leaders for Michigan include:

  • Fifty-four percent of business leaders believe Michigan’s economy will grow while only 34% forecast the U.S. economy will grow the next six months.  None believe the economy will get worse over the next six months.

  • Optimism continues to be high for Michigan’s economy in the long-term, outpacing optimism for the national economy with 71% of Michigan’s business leaders believing the state’s economy will grow compared to only 46% of business leaders forecasting the U.S. economy will grow in the next 18 months.

  • Fifty-four percent of business leaders project that their companies will add jobs in the next six months in Michigan and over a half believe they will make capital investments in Michigan.

The results reflect a survey of Business Leaders for Michigan’s 80 executives, the state’s largest private sector job providers that represent nearly one-quarter of the state’s economy. 

Quarterly Economic Outlook Reports are available at businessleadersformichigan.com/research-and-reports.

Thursday
Apr032014

The 2014 Michigan Turnaround Plan 

Compete. Invest. Grow.

Five years after the launch of its strategy for economic change, Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) unveiled plans for continuing Michigan’s progress toward more jobs, higher income, and a healthy economy. 

Download the 2014 Michigan Turnaround Plan. 

Sunday
Mar092014

Growing a New Michigan: The 2014 Report on Michigan’s Progress in Growing Six Opportunities

Download the full report: Growing a New Michigan: The 2014 Report on Michigan’s Progress in Growing Six Opportunities

 

This report was unveiled at Business Leaders for Michigan's 2nd annual Leadership Summit on March 10, 2014, where nearly 500 attendees met to hear about Michigan's recent progress in six areas identified in BLM’s New Michigan strategy as having the greatest potential to grow good jobs quickly and a sustainable economy.  The six areas are: engineering, logistics/supply chain, higher education, natural resources, mobility and life sciences.

Thursday
Feb272014

2013 Benchmarking Report

Wednesday
Feb192014

BUSINESS LEADERS FORECAST: MI and U.S. Economies Expected to Grow in Short and Long Term

The state’s largest employers add jobs and invest in Michigan in 2013

DETROIT, Mich., February 18, 2013 – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, expects the Michigan and U.S. economies to both grow in the next 6 and 18 months and expects Michigan’s economy to continue to grow faster than the U.S. economy.

“The state’s largest job providers continue to believe Michigan will out-perform the national economy over the next year and a half,” said Doug Rothwell, President & CEO.  “Optimism about the economy rose sharply in the last quarter due partly to the resolution of federal budget and debt ceiling negotiations and strong year-end financial reports from major Michigan employers.” 

Highlights of the survey of Business Leaders for Michigan include:

  • Sixty four percent of business leaders believe Michigan’s economy will grow and none believe it will get worse while only 51% forecast the U.S. economy will grow the next six months.  

  • Optimism for Michigan’s economy in the long-term outpaced optimism for the national economy with 79 percent of Michigan’s business leaders believing the state’s economy will grow compared to only 63 percent of business leaders forecasting the U.S. economy will grow in the next 18 months.

  • Fifty-two percent of business leaders project that their companies will add jobs in the six months in Michigan and over a one-third believe they will make capital investments in Michigan.

Business leaders of the state’s largest employers added almost 10,000 jobs and made capital investments of almost $7 billion in Michigan in 2013. 

The results reflect a survey of Business Leaders for Michigan’s 80 executives, the state’s largest private sector job providers that represent nearly one-quarter of the state’s economy. 

Quarterly Economic Outlook Reports are available at businessleadersformichigan.com/research-and-reports.

 

Download the press release. 

Tuesday
Jan212014

University Research Corridor (URC) Economic Impact Report

Download the URC Economic Impact Report. 

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.

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.

Wednesday
Dec112013

New Michigan: Global Center of Mobility

Download New Michigan: Global Center of Mobility. 

The automotive industry is quickly becoming a mobility industry. This report was developed with a coalition of top industry experts, the Center for Automotive Research and McKinsey & Company. It outlines a strategy to position Michigan for long-term growth in the auto sector as it continues to transition to an increasingly advanced technology-based sector. 

It was produced with support from Business Leaders for Michigan and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. This report was developed with a coalition of top industry experts, the Center for Automotive Research and McKinsey & Company. It outlines a strategy to position Michigan for long-term growth in the auto sector as it continues to transition to an increasingly advanced technology-based sector.  It was produced with support from Business Leaders for Michigan and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

 

 

 

Monday
Dec022013

Engineering Village Business Plan

Download the Engineering Village Business Plan. 

Business Leaders for Michigan’s (BLM) New Michigan strategy identified Michigan’s engineering talent as a key asset that could be leveraged to help grow the state’s economy into a Global Engineering Village. This plan was developed by a group of stakeholders to help achieve that result.

 

 

Monday
Nov112013

Business Leaders’ Insights: Local Government Collaboration in Michigan