Individually We Are Strong, But Together We Can Transform Our State

The Strategic Alliance

The mission of Accelerate Michigan℠ is to create a distinctive strategic alliance between Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) and Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC). By uniting research universities and business leaders, Accelerate Michigan℠ aims to place Michigan among the “Top Ten” states for accelerating economic transformation and cultivating entrepreneurism based on mutually beneficial values, investments and activities. According to the Michigan Turnaround Plan, Michigan has lagged the nation in job and economic growth for the past generation; the alliance will strive to accelerate Michigan back to the top.

Accelerate Michigan℠ will be managed by existing BLM and URC staff through a strategic alliance.



Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, is dedicated to making Michigan a "Top Ten" state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. The organization is composed exclusively of the chairpersons, chief executive officers, or most senior executives of Michigan's largest companies and universities.  Our members drive over 25% of the state’s economy, provide over 325,000 direct and 820,000 indirect jobs in Michigan, generate over $1 Trillion in annual revenue and serve nearly one half of all Michigan public university students. Find out more at:

The University Research Corridor is an alliance of Michigan’s three leading research institutions: Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University. The URC’s research laboratories produce hundreds of patents each year, and its hospitals develop innovative medical treatments that save lives. Through leveraging the intellectual capital of the public research universities, we help to create a vibrant economy, attract knowledge and business, educate the workforce and plant the seeds for new industries of tomorrow.