Mobility Report: MICHauto Makes the Case for the Passage of the USMCA in Washington, D.C.

MICHauto Makes the Case for the Passage of the USMCA in Washington, D.C.

MICHauto’s Jason Puscas visits Washington for a Legislative Fly-In with MICHauto investors to advocate for the passage of the USMCA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earlier this month, Jason Puscas, director of government and community affairs for MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber, visited Washington for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) USMCA Legislative Fly-In. Joined by member companies, the group advocated for the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an ongoing effort by MICHauto and the Chamber to remove the uncertainty and unpredictability of trade and to continue to enable export growth for American businesses.

Deputy United States Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney joined the coalition to provide an update on the ongoing negotiations between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and the House Democratic working group. Read more.


Metro Detroit Students Get Hands-On Experience with Manufacturing Careers Through Regional MFG Day Events

In an effort to eliminate Michigan’s workforce shortage, regional businesses are hosting local Manufacturing Day events to provide students with hands-on experience and information about the career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry. This year, Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties have worked collectively to promote this signature industry on Friday, Oct. 4. Learn more about events scheduled across the region.


MICHauto’s Katelyn Davis and 14 Investors Embark on 10-Month Leadership Detroit Journey

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s signature Leadership Detroit program kicked off Class XLI. Katelyn Davis, director for MICHauto joined 69 executives from across the Detroit region for a 10-month transformational leadership journey designed to challenge emerging and existing leaders from the Detroit region to bring about positive change. View the full list of MICHauto investors in Class XLI and learn more.


 

MICHauto Investors Embark on Leadership Detroit Journey

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s signature Leadership Detroit program kicked off Class XLI. MICHauto’s Katelyn Davis joined 69 executives from across the Detroit region for a 10-month transformational leadership journey designed to challenge emerging and existing leaders from the Detroit region to bring about positive change.

Congratulations to the following investors for embarking on their journey:

Jay Brown, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, RPM-The Driving Force in Logistics

Jade Burns, Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Stephen Campbell, Attorney, Clark Hill PLC

Daniel Click, Managing Director, KPMG LLP

Ana Romero Davila, Senior Program Manager, Adient US LLC

Julianne Frost, Assistant Vice President, FCA Foundation; Engagement Manager, FCA Foundation and External Affairs; FCA US LLC

Richard Glover, Manager, U.S. Inside Sales Organization, IHS Markit

Farah Harb, Global Education Programs Analyst, Ford Motor Company Fund

Tom Komjathy, Director, SE Operations, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP

Dawn Medley, Associate Vice President, Enrollment Management, Wayne State University

Robert Nederhood, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP

Lucas Polcyn, Principal, Miller Canfield

Christine Roeder, Senior Vice President, Growth and Development, Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Daniel Schairbaum, Attorney, Dykema Gossett PLLC

View the full class roster and learn more.

Making the Case for the Passage of the USMCA in Washington

Jason Puscas in Washington

MICHauto’s Jason Puscas visits Washington to advocate for the passage of the USMCA.

Earlier this month, Jason Puscas, director of government and community affairs for MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber, visited Washington for the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) USMCA Legislative Fly-In. Joined by member companies, the group advocated for the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), an ongoing effort by MICHauto and the Chamber to remove the uncertainty and unpredictability of trade and to continue to enable export growth for the American businesses.

Deputy United States Trade Representative C.J. Mahoney joined the coalition to provide an update on the ongoing negotiations between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and the House Democratic working group.

Following the briefings, the coalition met with the offices of Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI 14), and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI 12), Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3), Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH 9), Rep. Greg Pence (R-IN 6), and Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD 5) – to discuss the implications to automotive companies and Michigan’s economy if an agreement with Canada and Mexico is not passed, and the importance of continuing good-faith negotiations.

Israeli Mobility Startups visit Detroit

DETROIT, Mich.In collaboration with PlanetM/The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), MICHauto, the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) and The Michigan Israel Business Accelerator, DRIVE TLV on Sept. 12 brought a smart mobility focused trade mission to the United States featuring startups within the transportation sector.

“We’re very pleased to work closely with Michigan as it continues to demonstrate unparalleled commitment and leadership in the global automotive sector by building strong relationships with DRIVE TLV and the Israeli mobility ecosystem, to bring the most innovative technologies to the State and its corporate partners,” said Itay Erel, CEO of DRIVE TLV.

DRIVE TLV (www.drivetlv.com) is a leading innovation center for smart mobility technologies in Israel. DRIVE provides startups with meaningful market opportunities while partners are provided with early insights into the start-ups’ cutting-edge technology ahead of their competitors.

“We are very pleased to host DRIVE and their technology companies here in Michigan. Our mobility sector here in Michigan is ripe with opportunities for collaboration and we look forward to mutually beneficial partnerships from this delegation trip and beyond,” said Scott Hiipakka, CEO of the Michigan Israel Business Accelerator.

The mission hosted companies including Enroute, AD Knight, InfiniDome, Moodify, Ottopia, SoftRide, and Voyage 81. The companies toured Michigan’s testing facilities such as MCity and the American City for Mobility (ACM), and participated in corporate matchmaking meetings with top mobility stakeholders established in Michigan.

“Our partnership with Israel continues to grow as we host delegations and develop grant programs for Israeli companies to test and pilot their technology in Michigan. Programs like this display our commitment to providing global mobility solutions and creating pathways to connect new markets,” said Seun Phillips, managing director of PlanetM, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

In 2013, Michigan became one of the first states in the United States to pass legislation for driverless vehicles. Since, Michigan’s infrastructure has grown as a leader in mobility through talent, research, testing opportunities and collaboration with private sectors.

“The DRIVE Israel team and its startup community are clear leaders in the global mobility ecosystem. Each year the DRIVE cohort of startups are delivering new innovations into the global automotive industry. Our team and the broader Michigan economic development community are committed to ensuring that Detroit’s automotive sector has access to this Israeli innovation,” said Justin Robinson, SVP Business Development, Detroit Regional Partnership

“As we continue to promote, retain, and grow the automotive industry here in Michigan, connecting the industry to new innovation continues to be critical. This mission is vital to bringing startup mobility technology to the forefront of our industry,” said Glenn Stevens Jr., executive director of MICHauto, and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Organizations such as PlanetM/The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), MICHauto, the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) and The Michigan Israel Business Accelerator work together to establish Michigan as the premier partner for economic development between Michigan and Israel. Companies interested in learning more about mobility focused trade mission opportunities to and from Israel should reach out to The Michigan Israel Business Accelerator by visiting www.michiganisrael.com.

About Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

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MICHauto organizes 48 business leaders from across Michigan to ask Congressional leadership to pass USMCA

Read the full letter written to Congressional leadership here

MICHauto secured support from 48 Michigan business leaders from the automotive, manufacturing and agriculture industries to sign on to a joint letter urging Congressional leadership to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“Michigan’s business leaders have repeatedly and consistently stressed passage of the USMCA as a top priority for the future of our state and the continued growth of our largest industries,” said Glenn Stevens, Jr., Executive Director of MICHauto. “Michigan is distinctly reliant on trade with our North American neighbors, and MICHauto is dedicated to ensuring that our partners in Congress understand the implications this agreement has to the state’s economic health.”

The letter was sent ahead of a fly-in to Washington D.C. on Sept. 11 organized by the Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), representing business voices from across the United States in support of USMCA’s passage.

“The 48 people on this letter represent a comprehensive cross section of Michigan’s automotive, manufacturing, and agricultural economies,” said Frank Ervin, Group Vice President of Government Affairs for the Piston Group and a Michigan group leader of the MEMA effort. “We’ll be sitting in congressional offices next week having these conversations, and I hope this letter can serve as a clear sign that Michigan is unified in our hope that USMCA becomes law.”