Navigating global competition, creating an environment for successful entrepreneurship and dealing with increased collaboration were just a few of the subjects executives discussed at the 2014 CEO Summit sponsored by Business Leaders for Michigan.
Business Leaders for Michigan heads into this week’s CEO Summit focused on longer-range issues than when the organization first came together five years ago.
While Michigan is clearly in a better place than it was at the depths of the recession, the state still has a ways to go to improve and compete at the level of other “top 10” states.
Linking with a group of top corporate executives and university presidents provides MichBio added muscle in formulating a strategic plan to grow Michigan’s life sciences industry.
All the talk surrounding the need for more investment into Michigan’s higher education institutions is starting to pay off — at least a little bit.
Michigan needs to spend another $1 billion on higher education to produce graduates with the advanced skills needed for the 21st century economy, contends Business Leaders for Michigan.
If nothing else, Gov. Rick Snyder’s focus on improving funding for Michigan’s aging roads and bridges positions the issue toward the top of the agenda in Lansing.
After securing a partial victory in a long-sought goal of repealing Michigan’s personal property tax, business advocates next need to turn their attention to convincing voters to go along with the plans.
Michigan became a little more competitive with other states over the last two years, although it’s still far from the goal of corporate CEOs to become a top 10 state for economic performance, according to an annual report.
The former head of the Michigan Economic Development Corp. under John Engler, Rothwell now leads Business Leaders For Michigan, an organization representing many of the state’s largest employers.