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Joint Legislative Hearing: Talent, Collaboration and Tech Advancement Key to Michigan’s Auto Success

The Chamber’s MICHauto program and the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) hosted the Michigan Senate Economic Development Committee, chaired by Sen. Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) and House Commerce Committee, chaired by Rep. Frank Foster (R-Petoskey) for a joint legislative hearing at COBO Center on January 15. The hearing emphasized the importance of technological development, talent attraction and collaboration amongst stakeholders as keys to maintaining and improving Michigan’s status in the global automotive marketplace.

Nigel Francis, Michigan’s senior automotive adviser, Carla Bailo, senior vice president of research and development at Nissan, and Scott Paradise, vice president of marketing and business development at Magna International, delivered the message that talent attraction is critical to the continued success of the automotive industry and that a manufacturing-friendly environment is necessary to ensure further investment. Echoing these statements was MICHauto’s program manager Rob Luce, who provided an overview of the program and its growing role in the industry.

Following the hearing, Detroit Free Press auto reporter Mark Phelan led the lawmakers on a tour of the NAIAS floor.