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How Joe Biden Could Accelerate Seeping Change in Auto Industry

November 7 – Detroit News

“A Biden presidency would likely bring less volatility to the communication process and trade,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto, a division of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “That is something the industry really needs and wants, which is an active line of communication with policymakers and dialogue on an ongoing basis. The industry needs stability because it is a capital-intensive, global business.”

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Presidential Campaigns Set Their Eyes on Michigan

October 30 – CGTN America

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What’s At Stake For Michigan’s Auto Industry With The Next Presidency, Congress

October 25 – Crain’s Detroit Business

“The first and most important thing the auto industry needs is federal action to support the economy,” said Sandy Baruah, president and CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber. And the country, Baruah added, “needs to get a handle on the virus.”

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MSU’s pandemic response rebuilds trust in research institutions, drives Michigan’s talent, and & innovation infrastructure

October 19 – Crain’s Detroit Business

The value of having access to the talent from a top-tier global research university like MSU is more evident than ever during these challenging times, according to Glenn Stevens, Executive Director for MICHauto, Michigan’s association for the automotive and mobility cluster.

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Ann Arbor startup develops autonomous robot to safely deliver meals, groceries in pandemic

October 3 – Detroit Free Press

“Connected and autonomous technology is critical to solving global issues through the emission free and secure movement of people and goods. We will continue to lead the way in this new transportation world,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director, MICHauto, and vice president of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

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Detroit auto show is pushed back again — to fall 2021

September 21 – The Detroit News

Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives, called the switch to a fall show “a strategic and very strong move for NAIAS. It’s great for the city, the region and our signature industry here in Michigan.”

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Driving the Road of the Future, Michigan Welcomes New Innovations in the Mobility Revolution

September 17 – Detroit Is It

“Today, mobility is the efficient movement of people and goods and services with less friction in a world that is more congested, more polluted, with more safety issues,” says Glenn Stevens Jr., executive director of MICHauto and vice president of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives. “We’re using technology and smart infrastructure in a connected world to solve those problems.”

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Trump campaigned in ’16 on remaking Michigan manufacturing, Did he deliver?

September 3 – Detroit Free Press

“The industry was looking at and preparing for a slowdown which had frankly been long overdue,” said Glenn Stevens, Mich Auto’s executive director. “But there’s no question we’ve experienced a shock to the system unlike we’ve ever seen.”

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Automakers, Manufacturers Show Their Resilience During Global Pandemic

September 2 – MIRS

Nonetheless, automakers have shown their resiliency through the pandemic as well as their ability to retool to supply personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline health care workers, said Glenn Stevens, of MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber.

“As many of you know, this is a very capital-intensive industry with perhaps the most complex supply chain on the planet,” Stevens said. “Therefore, it was essential that financial matters be addressed simultaneously. Companies sprang into action to utilize lines of credit, minimize non-essential expenses, and prepare for a very uncertain future. . . . As someone who has been in the industry through the recession and through other hard times, it has actually been quite remarkable to see the resiliency of the industry and the strength. We have not seen many bankruptcies or business failures, and we hope not to.”

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The Frank Beckmann Show ~ Glenn Stevens

September 2 – WJR

Glenn Stevens, Executive Director of MICHauto and Vice President of Automotive and Mobility Initiatives at the Detroit Regional Chamber just finished testifying to lawmakers in Lansing about the issues and concerns in the auto industry due to COVID-19.

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Expert predicts auto industry could take 2 years to rebound to pre-pandemic sales levels

September 2 – Detroit Free Press

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Survey: Auto Industry Expects Revenue Declines, Negative 2021 Outlook, Supply Chain Decreases

August 17 – Bridge Magazine

The auto industry’s financial fortunes, of course, reverberate throughout Michigan’s economy. A 2019 study from the Detroit Regional Chamber found that the automotive sector contributed $225 billion annually to the state’s economy and provided or supported 712,000 jobs here.

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MI Automotive Industry Survey Reflects Expectations for Revenue Declines

August 17 – Moody on the Market

A recent industry flash survey undertaken by a partnership crafted between The Right Place in Grand Rapids, Dykema, and MICHauto delivers the tough news just released.

The sobering survey shows the vast majority of respondents reporting those declining projections as well as negative forecasts for 2021 at this point.

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Survey: Auto Industry Expects Revenue Declines, Negative 2021 Outlook, Supply Chain Decreases

August 17 – MITECHNEWS.COM

A survey conducted in August by Dykema, MICHAuto and the Right Place (Grand Rapids) shows virtual all auto respondents expect revenue declines next year, have a negative outlook for 2021 and foresee decreases in supply chain orders.

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Michigan Self-Driving Vehicle Corridor Aims to Lead Nation

August 14 – Government Technology

About six years ago, business and elected leaders in the state realized they needed to craft a plan to combat the Silicon Valley vs. Detroit perception, recalled Glenn Stevens, executive director of MICHauto and the Detroit Regional Chamber’s vice president of automotive and mobility initiatives: “We all collectively said, ‘Not if we have anything to do with it. We built this industry over a century, and it’s been our lifeblood.'”

The corridor project is the latest result of that work, he said, and is “extremely significant.” To lead the way in next-generation mobility development, “you have to have the public-private partnerships focused on execution.”

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Michigan in Transition: From Leading The Auto Industry to Global Smart Mobility Leader – GlobalAutoIndustry.com Interview with Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer, Michigan Office of Future Mobility & Electrification, State of Michigan.

August 13 – Automation Alley

Before joining the MEDC, Pawl brought with him experience in supply chain matchmaking, having led the creation of the economic development program, Connection Point, at the Detroit Regional Chamber, which later became Pure Michigan Business Connect.

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Michigan’s auto industry struggled in Q2. CEOs say challenges remain

August 12 – Bridge Magazine

The auto industry’s financial fortunes, of course, reverberate throughout Michigan’s economy. A 2019 study from the Detroit Regional Chamber found that the automotive sector contributed $225 billion annually to the state’s economy and provided or supported 712,000 jobs here.

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One simple photo leads to memories of a distant world one year ago

August 8 – Detroit Free Press

“There is no sector of the global economy that has not been impacted. Michigan’s people and economy have felt the effects particularly hard. Simultaneously, we have also witnessed the incredible innovation and mobilization of our manufacturing and engineering industries to respond to the crisis and support frontline workers. Now that Michigan has safely restarted, the focus is recovery and ensuring businesses remain open. One thing I do know, and believe in, is the resiliency of Michiganders.”

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Biden campaign plans to hit Trump over auto job promises

August 7 – The Detroit News

“The industry is looking forward as they design vehicles, as they decide where to build vehicles,” said Glenn Stevens, executive director of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto group. “What is the climate for increasing manufacturing jobs? Is there an opportunity for reshoring jobs?”

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Gov. Whitmer urged to keep auto plants running; High school sports will be back

July 18 – WWJ Radio

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Gov. Whitmer issues warning to auto industry: How it’s reacting

July 18 – Detroit Free Press

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US Autoworkers Back On Assembly Lines As Car Sales Plummet

May 18 – Al Jazeera English

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Auto suppliers go back to work as Michigan manufacturing begin restart amid COVID-19

May 10 – FOX 2 News

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Whitmer allowing Michigan factories to restart work next week

May 7 – The Detroit News

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Letter to Whitmer pleads for auto suppliers to restart sooner than Detroit Three

May 7 – Detroit Free Press

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Letter to Whitmer pleads for auto suppliers to restart sooner than Detroit Three

May 6 – USA Today

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Glenn Stevens Jr. Discusses Gov. Whitmer Signing Executive Directive And Order At 2020 MICHauto Summit

February 26 – WJR

Glenn Stevens Jr., Executive Director of MICHauto shares his thoughts on Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s orders on future mobility and electrification and to establish the Michigan Office of Future

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MICHauto On The Paul W. Smith Show

August 7 – WJR

MICHauto Executive Director Glenn Stevens and Sen. Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City) joined WJR’s Paul W. Smith from CAR Management Briefing Seminars at the Grand Traverse Resort to discuss MICHauto and the Michigan Auto Caucus’ focus to protect and grow the automotive and mobility industry.

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Legislators Propose First Statewide Electric Vehicle Charging Network In The Nation

June 26 – Driven Detroit

Sen. Mallory McMorrow (D-Royal Oak), along with legislators from the House and Senate, today announced a bipartisan package to support the growth of electric vehicles in Michigan and establish the first statewide charging network in the nation.

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Glenn Stevens – Executive Director Of MICHauto – At Mackinac

May 30 – West Michigan’s Morning News

Glenn Stevens, Executive Director of MICHauto, joined Steve and Rick, from West Michigan’s Morning News, live at the Mackinaw Policy Conference.

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Michigan Governor Signs Overhaul To Cut High Auto Premiums

May 30 – U.S. News

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law an overhaul of Michigan’s car insurance system that will let drivers forego unlimited medical benefits to cover crash injuries.

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WJR At #MPC19: What The State Of Michigan Must Do To Capitalize On The Opportunity: Pro Business Climate And Innovative Policy To Lead In Mobility

May 28 – WJR’s Mobility Makers with Guy Gordon

What the State of Michigan Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Pro Business Climate and Innovative Policy to Lead in Mobility. Participants: Glenn R. Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber, State Rep. Joe Tate, State Representative, District 2, Michigan House of Representatives, Jim Lilly, State Representative, District 89, Michigan House of Representatives.

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WJR At #MPC19: What The Industry Must Do To Capitalize On The Opportunity: Change Perception

May 28 – WJR’s Mobility Makers with Guy Gordon

What the Industry Must Do to Capitalize on the Opportunity: Change Perception. Participants: Glenn R. Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber, Cheryl Carrier, Executive Director, Ford Next Generation Learning, Ford Motor Company, Jon Husby, President and Chief Executive Officer, North America, SEG Automotive.

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WJR At #MPC19: Why Is MICHauto On The Island?

May 28 – WJR’s Mobility Makers with Guy Gordon

Why is MICHauto on the Island? Participants: Glenn R. Stevens, Executive Director, MICHauto, Vice President, Automotive and Mobility Initiatives, Detroit Regional Chamber, Thomas Manganello, Partner, Co-Chair Automotive Industry Group, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP, Lisa Lunsford, Chief Executive Officer, GS3

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