Business Leaders for Michigan

Analysis: Michigan makes huge strides in 2011

By Phil Power/Center for Michigan and Doug Rothwell/Business Leaders for Michigan Michigan has much to be thankful for as this year comes to a close: Better managed state and local government, a brighter economic outlook and more efficient delivery of public services. Our […]

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Snyder gets his changes; consequences unclear

Michigan won’t be reinvented in a day. Or a dog year. But as Gov. Rick Snyder concludes his first (human) year in office, the general course he defined as a candidate is coming into view as legislative markers are set. Eight years […]

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Aerotropolis searches for dollars, stability

To proponents of Detroit’s “aerotropolis,” the airplane could be as important to Michigan’s economy in this century as the automobile was in the 20th century. The “aerotropolis” sounds like something out of “The Jetsons” — an airport surrounded by a bustling city […]

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Michigan’s surrounded — and it’s a good thing

Business Leaders for Michigan, a group of some of the state’s most progressive, far-seeing corporate chiefs, has released a new 2012 Michigan Turnaround Plan – and it’s worth checking out. It lays out a far-reaching, long-term agenda that Michigan’s leading CEOs say […]

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Poll: Voters back university funding pool

Michigan voters are supportive of state universities’ positive role in the Michigan economy. And they’re interested in looking at new ways to improve campus funding and accountability. Those are key conclusions from a new Business Leaders for Michigan poll released today. The […]

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Cut prison spending, CFM tells Senate panel

My written testimony for a meeting today of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Corrections: “Good afternoon. Thank you Senator (John) Proos and fellow members of the committee for the opportunity to speak with you today. In 2008, the Center for Michigan organized a […]

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Urban chief outlines new normal for cities

Harvey Hollins III is the director of the Michigan Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives and is a principal adviser to Gov. Rick Snyder on urban economic development. He is a loaned executive through the Council of Michigan Foundations, and his salary […]

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Double-down on strengths, urban report advises Michigan

Revitalizing Michigan’s cities and urban areas doesn’t begin and end at their borders. Michigan needs to build off the strengths and potential of its metropolitan areas and employ regional strategies, accompanied by strategic urban focus, suggests a new report commissioned by the […]

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Legislature yaps at critical part of state’s recovery

For years, physicists and science-fiction writers have speculated about whether parallel universes might exist alongside our own. I’m certainly not qualified to get into the domain of theoretical physics, but I can testify that when it comes to higher education, there are parallel […]

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Legislators want to run, not pay for, Mich. universities

Spring budget treks to the State Capitol by the presidents of Michigan’s public universities weren’t always this pointless. When lawmakers appropriated half the money or more that universities spent for operations, it paid for presidents to express gratitude to the veteran legislators […]

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Land O Links

“Knowledge which is divorced from justice, may be called cunning rather than wisdom” – Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman senator * Center for Michigan President John Bebow sat down with Michigan Municipal League President Dan Gilmartin to talk about prosperity in Michigan, along […]

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Guest column: What do pizza guy, chemistry guy and office furniture guy have in common?

By Doug Rothwell/Business Leaders for Michigan The pizza guy, the office furniture guy, the chemistry guy … they have more in common than you know. The leaders of Michigan’s Domino’s Pizza, Steelcase and Dow are coming together to talk about higher education. […]

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State leaders run wrong way on higher education

The progressive group Business Leaders for Michigan just held a leadership summit devoted to the topic of learning and our state’s economic future. The theme was “Higher Education: A Growth Engine for the New Michigan” and it drew a lot of high-powered, […]

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Not much above par on Michigan’s scorecard

Gov. Rick Snyder campaigned for the state’s top elected office in 2010 with a promise to “reinvent” Michigan. The Center for Michigan’s 2012 Michigan Scorecard, compiled in partnership with Data Driven Detroit, shows there’s still plenty of reinventing to do. Although Michigan’s […]

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Land O Links

“They used to say that knowledge is power. I used to think so, but I now know that they mean money” – Lord Byron, 19th century English poet. * The first charter-school program got legislative authorization in Minnesota 20 years ago. Its […]

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Universities eye out-of-state budget help

Faced with tight budgets and prospective dwindling in-state enrollment, public universities across Michigan are looking beyond the state line for answers. One option, say advocates such as Domino’s Pizza CEO Patrick Doyle and University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman, is to […]

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Guest column: Consensus emerges on local services, but what becomes of transparency?

By Tom Ivacko/Center for Local, State and Urban Policy A path forward, on common ground?  Yes, but watch for caution signs along the way.   First, the common ground: Michigan citizens — Republicans and Democrats — and their state and local government leaders […]

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Manufacturing and metros are recipe for success, says guru on cities

Bruce Katz has pushed a consistent message for Michigan: M&M&E. That’s short for manufacturing, metros and exports. A vice president at the Brookings Institution, Katz has worked in recent years with Business Leaders for Michigan in developing ideas for improving Michigan’s economy. […]

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