Grant to MICHauto will support high-tech career paths and strengthen Michigan global competitiveness in the automotive, mobility, and technology industries
DETROIT (Dec. 8, 2022) – Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today joined representatives from the Detroit Regional Chamber, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO), and Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) to award a $2 million grant to the Detroit Regional Chamber (DRC) Foundation and MICHauto to support the growth and development of high-tech talent in Michigan. The grant will fund projects to grow Michigan’s high-tech workforce and build talent pipelines for Michigan’s automotive, mobility, and technology sectors.
“Michigan remains committed to investing in our state’s talent and implementing the MI Future Mobility Plan to lead future of global mobility,” said Gov. Whitmer. “Today’s grants will help us reinforce our talent pipelines and ensure more students know about exciting opportunities in tech that can help them build a brighter future right here in Michigan. One in five Michigan jobs are tied to mobility, so investing in talent is important for both our state’s economic prosperity and quality of life.”
The grant to support MICHauto’s high-tech talent strategy will:
- Strengthen and expand the student-to-graduation-to-employment pipeline: OFME will work with MICHauto on this grant, in partnership with the MEDC’s Talent Action Team, to launch a pilot project with Kettering University and Michigan Technological University to engage, track, guide, and retain students in statewide high school FIRST Robotics, Square One Network, and VEX programs in order to develop and retain the state’s own high-tech talent pipeline.
- Measure perception and attract employees from all backgrounds: Results from a survey of students, parents, teachers, and counselors about career paths in Michigan’s automotive and mobility industry will inform industry attraction and retention strategies to position the state as a destination for talent.
- Analyze North American high-tech sectors: This project will analyze factors that influence high-tech talent to concentrate in a specific location and come up with recommendations on making Michigan communities more attractive to new tech businesses.
- Grow technology clusters across Michigan: Establish an organization to create more industry connectivity in communities across Michigan to ensure that no matter where you live, you have the same opportunities to build successful and in-demand IT or tech careers.
The grant is being funded through the Mobility Futures Initiative, a partnership between Michigan Legislature, Gov. Whitmer, LEO, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to invest $25 million in industry, infrastructure and workforce projects related to the future of transportation.