2020 Policy Priorities

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Robust Talent Pipeline

Development of a strong, diverse, and inclusive talent pipeline for the automotive and mobility industry.
MICHauto encourages the Legislature to prioritize increasing education and career pathways, cultivate digital economy talent, and support efforts that will engage homegrown talent as well as attract new talent both domestically and internationally. Support for existing statewide initiatives such as the Going Pro Talent Fund are imperative to narrowing the skills gap and meeting talent demand. Legislators are also encouraged to seek new, innovative solutions, including implementation of Gov. Whitmer’s proposal for a new Michigan Reconnect program and investment in identified talent attraction priorities such as infrastructure and transit.

Connected, Automated, Shared, and Electric Future

Cultivate a leading mobility ecosystem for companies and research institutions.
In order to maintain Michigan’s position as the world’s automotive capital and future growth, we must continue to position the state for the emerging sectors of the automotive industry and develop a strong business climate and entrepreneurial environment for new technology development. Michigan’s business and political leaders must capitalize on opportunities to create public-private partnerships that encourage innovation and investment, cultivate a tax climate that rewards research and development in growth markets, and invest in the necessary infrastructure to support the adoption of emerging technologies.

Global Mobility Leader

Market Michigan’s one-of-a-kind automotive and mobility assets globally.
Establishing a national and international reputation as a leading ecosystem for the industry from concept through production will expand Michigan’s foothold in an increasingly competitive landscape. Promotional efforts can be stimulated through a diverse set of initiatives such as collaboration with other national and international associations and leading universities; convening global workshops and conferences under the Michigan brand; cultivating partnerships and integration with the state’s uniquely positioned aerospace, defense, and technology assets; and encouraging other international associations through the Governor.

Fair International Trade

Promote fair trade through the pursuit of high-standard trade agreements.
Ensuring fair trade continues to be a pivotal issue as Michigan companies seek to sell their products on the international stage. The United States must address markets where foreign governments have built barriers against U.S. goods and services. Such efforts, however, must caution against unnecessarily bold actions – such as Section 232 or 301 tariffs – that could threaten our economic momentum, provoke retaliation from trade partners, and alienate our strongest global allies.

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