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Michigan Business BlogKeep abreast of current issues affecting Michigan’s competitiveness, both nationally and around the globe, and learn what the private sector is doing to stimulate and grow our economy.

You can also learn more about Business Leaders for Michigan’s (BLM) latest initiatives and find out how you can help make Michigan a "Top Ten" state once again.

Tuesday
Dec092014

SOS for MI roads & bridges! 

When you need help, you send out an SOS.  Here in Michigan, SOS could stand for "Save Our Streets."

Michigan's urban roads are appalling-a shameful 45th in the nation. Even worse, one-third of the state's bridges are deficient.  Action is needed to ensure the quality and safety of all Michigan roadways. 

SOS could also stand for "Save Our State." Our newfound economic recovery is jeopardized when people and businesses can't move their products and services with ease. 

The saying "you get what you pay for" could not be truer. Michigan has bad roads that are too congested because we spend only half of what our neighbors do, and it shows. 

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Tuesday
Dec022014

Michigan needs sustainable fix to road problem (Detroit Free Press) 

By Detroit Free Press Guest Writer Jeff Fettig, Chairman & CEO of Whirlpool Corporation and Chairman of Business Leaders for Michigan.

As winter takes hold, Michiganders will encounter one of our state’s most challenging issues — deficient roads and bridges. I think everyone has their own personal story of how our bad roads have affected them, whether in unplanned and costly car repairs or overall aggravation that comes from dealing with bad weather on top of potholes.

While our economic recovery remains strong — jobs and personal income are growing again, and gross domestic product is on the rise — we still have large gaps to fill, namely in our roads."

It starts with a commitment to build and maintain a world-class transportation infrastructure. Not only do poor-quality roads wreak havoc on our vehicles daily, they can add unnecessary costs and shipping delays for businesses, which harms everyone overall.

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Tuesday
Dec022014

LET'S FIX OUR ROADS NOW!

Michigan's urban roadways are crumbling.  It's not a surprise that that they rank 45thin the nation. Even worse, one-third of the state's bridges are deficient. 

These conditions are unacceptable for MI drivers and for businesses working to deliver products and goods to the world market.

 As MI lawmakers wrap up their work in December, it is important that they find a long-term funding solution for state roads and bridges. MI only spends about half the Great Lakes average on its roads, and it is reflected in the condition of them. Our failure to invest adequately in our transportation infrastructure today will ultimately result in fewer jobs, lower income and reduced GDP.

If MI truly wants to compete, we need to invest in a system of safe and sound roads and bridges for our residents and businesses.  While we know it's not easy to raise taxes in the short term, we need to remain focused on our long-term economic objectives and do what is right keep drivers and businesses on the move.

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Thursday
Oct092014

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)

Wednesday
Oct082014

Who Will Continue Michigan's Turnaround?

We can all have a role in Michigan's turnaround! On November 4th, we will choose a Governor and legislative leaders to guide our state and support the Michigan Turnaround Plan (MTP). The MTP is a blueprint with real solutions to make MI a Top Ten state for jobs, incomes, and a healthy economy.
 
Thanks to Governor Snyder and our legislative leaders, much of the MTP has been addressed. State government finances are more stable. Changes to our tax system have reduced the burden for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Long-term debt has been reduced. Unnecessary regulations have been eliminated. Jobs, personal income and population are on the rise. But we still have work ahead to make MI a Top Ten state.
 
We examined the voting records and responses to our MTP questionnaire to determine candidate support for the MTP. Click here to see where the candidates stand on the Michigan Turnaround Plan. MI's turnaround has started. It's important we choose leaders who will keep our great state moving forward.