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MICHauto Announces Governor Rick Snyder as Keynote Speaker for 2014 Summit on September 23 at COBO Center

DETROIT, August 26, 2014 –Today, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program announced that Governor Rick Snyder will deliver a keynote address at the 2014 MICHauto Summit on September 23 at COBO Center in Detroit. The second annual statewide Summit has the theme of Michigan’s Automotive Industry: Concept to Consumer, and will explore the new era of Michigan innovation and the blueprint it sets for the rest of the global automotive industry.

“The Governor recognizes the importance of the automotive industry as the foundation for so much of Michigan’s economic growth,” said Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto and strategic development for the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Automotive has played a critical role in Michigan’s comeback and the Governor deserves credit for bolstering the state’s focus on the industry.”

The Governor’s afternoon remarks at the Summit will touch on the state’s efforts to keep Michigan the global center of the automotive industry. In September 2013, the Governor created Michigan’s Automotive Industry Office and named Nigel Francis as the state automotive adviser. The office is now executing a comprehensive strategic plan to drive Michigan’s automotive industry forward and to foster sustainable growth within the industry.

“Michigan’s renewed focus on its most important industry continues to pay dividends and positions this state for another successful era of automotive innovation,” Stevens said. “The 2014 MICHauto Summit is the perfect venue to showcase how the state of Michigan is championing all things automotive to create jobs and development.”

Under the Governor’s administration, Michigan has led the nation in recovering from the Great Recession. Michigan is number one in manufacturing job growth and the creation of 275,000 private sector jobs has brought down the state’s unemployment rate 4 percentage points, its lowest since 2008.

The high-tech automotive industry continues to drive innovation and has played a key role in Michigan’s economic resurgence. In 2013, 28 Michigan counties received more than $2.3 billion in automotive investment, creating nearly 11,000 jobs.

The Governor also served as a keynote at last year’s inaugural Summit, which brought together nearly 500 leaders from industry, academia and government at the then-newly renovated COBO Center on September 25, 2013. The first-of-its-kind event focused solely on the entire industry supply chain showcasing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry.

About MICHauto

MICHauto is dedicated to promoting, retaining and growing the automotive industry in Michigan and is a key economic development initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber. MICHauto embodies a public-private strategy, championing Michigan as the global epicenter of the automotive industry and providing a platform for collaboration on advocacy, business attraction and retention, and talent attraction and development. Serving as the unified voice of Michigan’s automotive cluster, MICHauto works closely with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Original Equipment Suppliers Association, Center for Automotive Research and other Michigan and national organizations. To learn more visit MICHauto.org.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber

Serving the business community for more than 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the oldest, largest and most respected chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission of powering the economy for Southeast Michigan is carried out through economic development, education reform, regional collaboration and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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