MICHauto Hosts Legislative Tour of West Michigan’s Automotive Industry

Last month, MICHauto partnered with The Right Place in Grand Rapids for a day of automotive and mobility discussions with current and prospective members of Michigan’s Legislative Auto Caucus with Co-chair Rep. Jim Lilly (R-MI 89) to highlight the innovative work happening in West Michigan’s up-and-coming automotive hub.

West Michigan Automotive Industry Day kicked-off with a roundtable discussion with West Michigan automotive and mobility industry CEOs at The Right Place – the nonprofit economic development organization moving West Michigan’s economy forward – where the talent needs of the industry dominated the discussion.

Following the discussions in Grand Rapids, MICHauto took Legislators to explore Shape Corp.’s contributions to the evolving automotive and mobility industry through a plant tour demonstration, crash test and modeling simulation, and prototype review.

Legislators participated in discussions about Shape Corp.’s community partnerships and regional engagement, opportunities to support further growth for the industry, and overcoming legislative challenges.

MICHauto’s Legislative tours participate in a larger initiative to establish a statewide presence by showcasing impactful work and innovation happening in automotive and mobility hubs throughout the state.

MICHauto Hosts Israeli and Korean Delegations During Detroit Visits

This month, MICHauto and fellow economic development organizations hosted two international delegations, whose visits to the Detroit region served to acquaint them with the robust automotive and mobility ecosystem it offers and connect them with local businesses and potential partners.

The Israeli Economic Mission, hosted by MICHauto, Michigan Israeli Business Accelerator, and PlanetM visited the Detroit Regional Chamber on Tuesday, Nov. 5 for a day of startup pitches and match meetings. Following a brief program, 12 Israeli startups had the opportunity to pitch their work to potential business partners. The rest of the day was filled with productive match meetings, connecting the startups with Michigan-based companies and resources. The featured startups included Alango, Aurora Labs, C2A, ContinUse Biometrics, Cybellum, EVchip, Fleetonomy, Hi Auto, Jungo, Ottopia, Saemode, and CipherSIP.

The Korean SIDA and Hebron Star Automotive Manufacturers Detroit Delegation participated in presentations and tours led by the Detroit Regional Partnership, MICHauto, and PlanetM on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Glenn Stevens Jr., executive director of MICHauto and vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber, gave a presentation on the past, present, and future of the automotive and mobility industry to the group of Korean automotive executives. The delegation also visited the PlanetM Landing Zone for a tour and networking lunch to learn more about the support the Detroit region offers to companies seeking to partake in the industry’s growth here.

Delegation visits like these continue to highlight the state’s notoriety as a leader in the automotive and mobility industry and gather the regional partners bolstering that growth.