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What’s it going to take to make Michigan competitive?

Find out Monday, June 20 at the first-ever Leadership Summit on Competitiveness in Lansing

For the first time ever, Business Leaders for Michigan is hosting a summit taking a 360° view of what it will take to make Michigan competitive again.

Amity Shlaes, senior fellow, Council on Foreign Relations and syndicated columnist, Bloomberg

If you are tired of seeing our state holding up the rear on any number of economic, education and other rankings, you can hear first-hand not only where Michigan stands but what we can do to turn it around.

The summit is being held Monday, June 20 from 12:00 – 5:00 pm at Lansing’s Radisson Hotel.  This conference is perfect for business owners, economic developers, community and civic leaders or anyone else who wants to know how Michigan stacks up against other states and countries in terms of its ability to attract businesses and grow jobs.

A highlight of the event is the unveiling of the state’s latest economic benchmarks and the exploration of strategies for turning Michigan around. “We’ve got a great line-up of speakers who bring expertise and insight that is second to none,” said Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, host of the event. “We are very eager to hear their perspective regarding our most recent benchmarking data, and hear their recommendations for bringing Michigan back.”

There’s a great line-up of speakers including:

  • Ron Starner, General Manager, Site Selection Magazine & Conway, Data Inc.  Starner will speak to what Michigan can doto compete for business in the global economy and win!
  • Amity Shlaes, Syndicated Columnist, Bloomberg News; Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations; Best-Selling Author.  Shlaes will provide a historical perspective on the economy and lessons from our past that are timely today.

“We need to look at what Michigan can do to regain our competitive edge,” Rothwell said.   “It is essential that we accurately pinpoint Michigan’s opportunities and challenges so we can begin to chart a path to long-term success.”

The conference is open to the public and free-of-charge.  Early registration is recommended. Contact Jennifer Hayes at 313.259.5400 or visit to learn more and reserve your seat.

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