DETROIT — Just weeks after announcing its New Michigan strategy as part of the 2012 Michigan Turnaround Plan, Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, is asking: What does the New Michigan look like to you?

In an online contest now open, BLM is offering $1,000 in total prizes to Michigan residents who upload a photo, film a short video, or enter a written submission (200 words or less) describing their vision for the New Michigan.

“The New Michigan Sweepstakes is a fun way to encourage Michigan citizens to think about our state’s future and become educated about and involved in advancing the New Michigan strategy — a key component of the Michigan Turnaround Plan,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO.

BLM’s New Michigan strategy identifies growth opportunities with the highest-potential over the next 10 years to accelerate growth and create thousands of good paying jobs. By focusing on these unique Michigan assets, BLM contends we can also add up to half a million jobs and grow the personal income of each Michigan resident by as much as $18,000.

To enter the sweepstakes, participants must be residents of Michigan and 18 years of age or older. All participants must complete the online registration form located on the Michigan Turnaround Plan Facebook page,

All submissions must be received by midnight, April 20. Winners will be chosen in a random drawing at the conclusion of the contest. One first place winner will receive a $500 VISA gift card, and five second-place winners will each receive $100 VISA gift cards.

Learn more about Business Leaders for Michigan’s vision for the New Michigan by visiting, and viewing our Blueprint for a New Michigan video at

Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, is dedicated to making Michigan a “Top 10” state for job, economic and personal income growth.

The organization is composed exclusively of the chairpersons, chief executives or most senior executives of Michigan’s largest companies and universities, which provide over 320,000 jobs in Michigan, generate over $1 trillion in annual revenue and serve over 135,000 students.


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