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Michigan Automotive Caucus Members Get Up-Close Look at Detroit’s Automotive Legacy

Recently, the Michigan Legislative Automotive Caucus visited Detroit to meet with the MotorCities National Heritage Area, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Park Service that preserves and links Michigan’s rich automotive legacy through grant-making and education, at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. The meeting, which was also attended by MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber, was an opportunity to explore the region’s rich automotive history and discuss creative ways to utilize the national heritage framework to strengthen future economic opportunities.

“Bringing these two parties together, the Automotive Caucus and MotorCities, shows the level of collaboration and support in the automotive industry,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Chamber. “As we continue to pivot the industry and position the state as the center for next-generation mobility, it is important to recognize our history as a global leader in automotive as well as tell the story of how we put the world on wheels.”

This meeting also gave MotorCities the opportunity to identify the need for match funding from the state for its federal appropriation.

In addition to the meeting, the Automotive Caucus toured the Piquette Avenue Plant, which is the oldest, purpose-built automotive factory open to the public. The plant is one of more than 1,000 museums, collections, historic homes, parks, libraries, archives, cemeteries and auto shows and cultural events that make up MotorCities — Michigan’s only National Heritage Area, which operates the largest collection of auto-related sites in the world.

MotorCities National Heritage Area covers more than 10,000 square miles of the state as designated by the U.S. Department of Interior. Learn more at www.motorcities.org.