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Michigan Scores High in Survey of Business Attitudes

Tuesday, November 21, 2000

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASENovember 21, 2000
Contact: Kathleen McMahon(517) 335-4590
Michigan Scores High in Survey of Business AttitudesSurvey Reveals Improved Business Climate
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced today that Michigan businesses have an overwhelming positive view of Michigan.The Michigan Economic Development Corporation Survey of Business Attitudes revealed that 85 percent of businesses believe Michigan is on the right economic track.More than half of respondents believe that Michigan’s business climate has tremendously improved over the past ten years.“One of the key goals of the MEDC is to improve the overall business climate in Michigan,” said Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.“The survey results are a great reflection of our efforts to provide a more business friendly environment, thereby, increasing the number of business ventures moving to and expanding in Michigan.” Michigan businesses attributed a majority of this improvement to policy changes in Lansing.Michigan’s industrial base, lower taxes and a friendly business attitude were also cited as key reasons for an improved climate.Nearly 30 percent, of those surveyed, believe Michigan has a better business climate compared to other states.Approximately 41 percent believe that Michigan’s business climate is about the same as other states with which they are familiar.Overall, Michigan received high ratings for its business climate.More than half of the businesses surveyed said they plan to expand operations or outsourcing, in Michigan, over the next year.The Michigan Economic Corporation conducted the survey of eight hundred companies via telephone from October 2 – October 9, 2000.Survey respondents included Manufacturing, Service, Research, Design and Engineering, Information Technology and Life Science companies. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.
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