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MICHauto Advocacy Committee Update

With an annual economic impact of over $57 billion, it is critical that Michigan’s automotive and mobility industries have a strong and represented voice among local, regional and state government officials. MICHauto’s Advocacy Committee serves as a forum for industry leaders to discuss key issues and formulate actions to address their needs.

“The Advocacy Committee continues to grow in size and scope in terms of its influence among key legislative policymakers,” said committee chair Frank Ervin, senior director of government affairs at Magna International. “It is extremely important that MICHauto represents the entire automotive community in our state, from the OEMs to the tier one and tier 2 or 3 suppliers who are essential to the supply chain.”

Key activities and actions include hosting legislators for a private tour and reception at the North American International Auto Show and supporting the ongoing development and work of the Michigan Automotive Caucus. The Committee meets quarterly and has developed a focused agenda to support MICHauto’s core mission to protect, retain, and grow the automotive industry.

A key event for MICHauto is the annual Supplier Legislative Reception in Lansing. The event will take place on May 3 this year and features 12 MICHauto investor companies. This event, now in its third year, provides a crucial opportunity to demonstrate the economic impact of the industry in Michigan and to connect with legislators.

“Michigan’s automotive industry has been the driving force behind our state’s economic recovery. The future of our state’s growth will also depend on the automotive industry as a platform for diversification into the next-generation mobility industry,” Ervin said. “Right now, however, we must do everything to support the companies that operate in Michigan today, provide jobs, and support local communities. Advocating on their behalf is something we take very seriously.”