LANSING (WWJ) – Michigan is a little more than 30 percent closer to being a top ten state than it was five years ago.
That’s the word this week from, Doug Rothwell, President and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan.
“The Turnaround Plan was laid out in 2009 by Business Leaders for Michigan. We’re an organization of the top executives of the largest companies in the state,” Rothwell explained. “And we released it to really give Michigan a holistic, fact-based strategy of how to become a top 10 state for jobs incomes and healthy economy…”
Rothwell says, thus far, Michigan has followed through on about one-third of that plan.
“It really has, we believe, generated a lot of positive results in terms of gaining 250,000 new jobs in the last few years, seeing incomes go up, population go up for the first time and over a decade, and the overall economy growing like a top ten state during that time.”
Rothwell credits those accomplishments to state leaders as well as people out in communities across the state, “And we believe it’s partially because a lot of that original turnaround plan has been followed.”
Rothwell said they’ve update the plan this year to reflect the gains made, and also show the work that remains ahead.