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New Study From the Center for Automotive Research Shows NITC Will Provide Thousands of Jobs to Michigan’s Economy

DETROIT, June 14, 2012 – The Detroit Regional Chamber reaffirmed its support of the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) on Thursday, as the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) released a study highlighting the economic impact of the new crossing. According to the study, the construction of a new bridge connecting Detroit and Windsor will provide an estimated 12,000 jobs per year for each of the four years of the construction phase, and more than 8,000 permanent jobs in Southeast Michigan once the bridge is operational.

“This study reaffirms what we’ve said all along. When you look at the facts with the bridge and realize the far-reaching economic impact – the NITC is an absolute no-brainer,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations with the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Detroit and Michigan continue to claw our way back economically; not addressing crucial infrastructure needs such as a border crossing with our nation’s largest trading partner is unthinkable. As the global market continues to evolve, we must have the infrastructure for our state to attract commerce and investment; Michigan’s ability to keep pace with competitors from around the world depends on it.”

The study, “Analysis of the Economic Contribution of Constructing the New International Trade Crossing: A New Bridge Linking Detroit and Windsor,” indicates numerous opportunities will be generated from both the construction and operation of the NITC.

“Initially the construction of the bridge itself will serve as an economic stimulus, providing jobs and tax revenues. Once construction is completed and bridge operations have begun, the region’s additional freight shipping capability could attract private-sector investment, augmenting the gross regional product and creating more employment opportunities,” said Kim Hill, director of sustainability and economic development strategies at CAR and the study’s lead.

“Additionally, the bridge project will make Michigan eligible to receive federal matching funds that can be used on other highway infrastructure projects throughout the state, helping to improve Michigan’s highway system and supporting the state’s transportation employment. Clearly, a project of this scale, along with the federal matching funds, will have employment and economic effects that will impact many diverse industries throughout the state,” Hill said.

The study was initially released at the Detroit Regional Chamber with other NITC supporters on hand including the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324 and Ford Motor Company.

“This new report proves that building a second international bridge would create much-needed Michigan jobs and help jumpstart our economy,” said John Hamilton, general vice president and business manager for the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 324. “After all, the quality of local roads and bridges is one of the top factors businesses look at when choosing where to locate. We must attract new jobs and investments to Michigan — building the New International Trade Crossing would do just that.”

Ford’s supply chain manager for North America Bill Storves also spoke out in support of the NITC.

“In a globally competitive automotive sector, just in time delivery is the standard of operation.   Every day, I see how critical a new border crossing is for our business,” Storves said.  “This infrastructure improvement will help support automotive manufacturing, and as the CAR study clearly shows, benefit the entire state of Michigan.”
CAR has significant experience conducting economic impact analyses and has carried out the majority of national level automotive economic contribution studies completed in the United States since 1992. The report is the product of research performed by the Sustainability & Economic Development Strategies and the Transportation Systems Analysis groups at CAR. Financial support for this study was provided by the Michigan Manufacturers Association and the Consulate General of Canada in Detroit.  Additional support was provided by the Detroit Regional Chamber.  The complete study is available at www.cargroup.org.

About the Detroit Regional Chamber
With over 20,000 members and affiliates, that employ over three quarters of a million workers, the Detroit Regional Chamber is one of the largest chambers of commerce in the country. The Chamber’s mission is carried out through business attraction efforts, advocacy, strategic partnerships and providing valuable benefits to members. For more information, please visit detroitchamber.com.

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