Snyder leads 8-day trade mission in Europe

April 20, 2018 – Crain’s Detroit Business

Gov. Rick Snyder is in Vienna, Austria, on Thursday for the first part of an eight-day trade mission in Europe focused on spurring investment in manufacturing, mobility and tourism. The governor will attend a large technology trade fair in Germany and meet with dozens of business owners and government leaders in Austria, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. The mission trip began Wednesday and runs through next Wednesday, according to a news release from the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

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Tammy Carnrike Named New Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army to Represent Michigan (South)

DETROIT — (April 17, 2018) — The newest Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army was invested during a ceremony conducted this week at the Pentagon. Tammy Carnrike was selected by Mark T. Esper, U.S. Secretary of the Army, to represent Michigan (South). Carnrike will be afforded a three-star protocol status in accordance with the U.S. Department of the Army Protocol Precedence List.

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The Ubimobility acceleration program strengthens the French autonomous vehicle and connected cars presence in the United-States

France is leading the way in the autonomous vehicle and connected cars segments with emerging and innovative technologies With over 40 experimental projects in progress and an investment of over 200 million euros, the French government is in the process of establishing a national strategy to develop its local expertise which in turn, would contribute to the development of the European industrial fabric in these fields.  With this ambition and an emerging innovative start-up ecosystem, French industry is developing new technologies to improve the safety, reliability as well as operative functions of the future autonomous and connected vehicles.

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Prosperity Partner: Building the Canadian Relationship

Canada’s ambassador to the United States, David MacNaughton, is perhaps his country’s most important envoy on the world stage. In a time that is critical to the economic growth of both countries, MacNaughton’s political and business-savvy expertise bodes well as the chief voice for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Washington, D.C. The Detroiter recently interviewed MacNaughton, who will attend the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference, on how the prime minister and his administration are  working to protect and grow businesses and jobs on both sides of the border, particularly in Michigan — Canada’s top trade partner — and the implications for Michigan and Canada under a revised North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Free Trade 101: Breaking Down NAFTA

By one straightforward measurement, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been an unequivocal success. The threeparty deal between the United States, Canada and Mexico — which removed tariffs on most cross-border commerce and aimed to create a continental trading bloc capable of competing with the European Union — has led to increased trade. Since its inception in 1994, goods sold across NAFTA borders have tripled, to the tune of more than $1 trillion annually.

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Why NAFTA Matters to Business

With thousands of American companies facing potential economic impacts if the United States renegotiates or withdraws from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is aggressively working to get them involved in speaking out on behalf of the trade deal.

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Clashing Over Commerce: NAFTA’s Uphill Battle

Renegotiating a 2,000-page trade deal that has been in effect for 24 years and substantially transformed the economies of each participating country is no small undertaking. It should come as little surprise that the pace of progress through seven rounds of talks on a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between Canada, Mexico and the United States has been glacial.

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NAFTA Talks Threaten Auto Industry Boom

President Trump made renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) a key objective of his administration. While the automotive industry generally supports updating the 24-year-old agreement, the risk of a U.S. withdrawal remains genuine and tinkering with its fine print could unravel a global supply chain built on the untaxed movement of goods and services across borders.

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Bridging Michigan’s Border

The Gordie Howe International Bridge is far from taking shape over the Detroit River, but the long awaited, multi billion-dollar project is getting off the ground on both sides of the border. On the Ontario shore, more than 1 million tons of fill dirt have been spread on a 130 acre site to raise the low-lying area, the Canadian port of entry. Prefabricated drains have been installed and a perimeter road was built to accommodate local businesses during construction.

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