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MICHauto Convenes Automotive Executives at #MPC19

MICHauto Hosts Annual ‘Auto on the Island,’ Unveils Study Showing Auto Industry’s $225B Contribution to Michigan

“The $225 billion in statewide economic contribution demonstrates the health of the automotive industry in Michigan while also posing opportunities for its growth and transformation,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Prior to the 2019 Mackinac Policy Conference, the Chamber’s MICHauto initiative hosted its annual Auto on the Island program. A gathering of 40 automotive CEOs kicked off the event with two sessions featuring Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and “Autoline” host John McElroy. Automotive stakeholders discussed the challenges, opportunities, threats, and weaknesses in the industry, specific to Michigan.

The discussions on the island will influence MICHauto’s strategic agenda for the year; updates on the agenda will become available to investors in the coming months.

$225B Contribution to Michigan’s Economy
MICHauto released findings from a study demonstrating the comprehensive contribution of the automotive industry on Michigan’s economy. The study found that the automotive industry contributes a total of $225 billion to the state’s economy. Of that $225 billion, 83% is directly attributed to automotive manufacturing. Read more.

The Digital Supply Chain Evolution
The following day, MICHauto hosted more than 150 automotive industry experts and executives for the annual Automotive Roundtable to discuss the industry’s digital supply chain evolution. Read more.

Thank You Sponsors
Auto on the Island would not have been possible without presenting sponsor KPMG LLP and supporting sponsors Bank of America, Clark Hill, DENSO, GS3, Miller Canfield, Nexteer Automotive, Oakland Community College, Toyota, Warner Norcross + Judd, and Yazaki.

WATCH: Mackinac Moments On Distracted Driving, Mobility’s Future

‘Phones Down, Eyes Up’

General Motors Co.’s Steven Kiefer discussed distracted driving as a dangerous new cultural norm. He called on attendees to change their own habits and support policies that will make Michigan’s roads safer. Watch the full video.

Vision for the Future
May Mobility’s Alisyn Malek shared her vision for mobility in Michigan. With a background in automotive engineering, Malek caught the mobility bug early in her career, committing herself to developing robust, multi-modal transportation systems. Watch the full video.

In the News

WJR NewsTalk 760 AM: Why Is MICHauto on The Island?
Michigan’s Mobility Opportunity
What the Industry Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Change Perception
What the State of Michigan Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Pro Business Climate and Innovative Policy to Lead in Mobility