Ford’s latest announcement builds on the company’s longstanding relationship with Michigan and its ongoing commitment to lead the future of mobility
On the heels of securing its third billion-plus electric vehicle/battery-related investment in 2022, Michigan is once again demonstrating its laser-like focus on maintaining a collaborative spirit to continue to grow our economy, create jobs and advance the future of mobility and electrification. On June 2, 2022, Governor Gretchen Whitmer joined Ford Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel Steve Croley to announce a $2 billion investment by Ford to create more than 3,200 manufacturing jobs in the state.
With this latest transformational investment, Ford is securing a future opportunity for electric vehicle manufacturing growth in the state, while securing the company’s existing internal combustion engine vehicle operations in Michigan.
Ford’s decision underscores the strength of the workforce within our state’s auto industry and the Michigan team’s bipartisan commitment to winning the future of mobility and electric vehicle manufacturing here at home. Michigan. Michigan is in aggressive competition to win every investment in electric vehicles and mobility. We appreciate Ford’s continued vote of confidence in Michigan and their partnership on this economic victory for our friends and neighbors, and the impact on the economic opportunity it will have in our state for decades to come.
This latest investment is supported in part by the Critical Industry Program (CIP) through the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) Fund, passed with bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor Whitmer in December 2021 to ensure Michigan can effectively compete for billions of dollars in investment and attract tens of thousands of jobs to support the state’s economy.
Since 2016, Ford has announced nearly $10 billion in investments in Michigan, primarily in electric and autonomous vehicle manufacturing, supporting nearly 10,000 new and retained jobs for Michigan’s manufacturing workforce.
Ford Focus on Michigan
Ford’s investment in Michigan and the future of mobility builds on a tradition of innovation that began more than a century ago with mass manufacturing made possible through assembly line development legendary. Today, the state continues to build on its automotive heritage to drive next-generation transportation, evolving with developments in electric power generation and storage, autonomous vehicles, vehicle sensing, and communications. vehicle-to-vehicle/vehicle-to-infrastructure, which are shaping the future and economy of mobility.
Together with Ford, Michigan is developing new partnerships to keep the state at the forefront of automotive innovation and technological discovery for generations to come.
When Ford Motor Co. acquired Michigan’s historic Central Station in Corktown in 2018 and announced plans to transform the complex into a vibrant campus and innovation center for the future of transportation, this investment in the future of Detroit laid the foundation for dividends across the state. . As a destination for big tech companies looking to impact the future, Michigan is a compelling partner, thanks to its talent pool, manufacturing DNA, and history of innovative thinking.
In the nearly four years since Michigan’s Central Station District was born, a growing number of partnerships born in Detroit and surrounding communities make it clear that global high-tech companies are looking to Michigan.
In February 2022, Ford announced that Google would be a founding member of the Michigan Central Mobility Innovation District, providing cloud technology for Michigan Central mobility projects and providing workforce development training to local high school students and college students. job seekers – while being firmly anchored in the heart. of Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood.
Under a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Ford, the State of Michigan and the City of Detroit, the State is aligning more than $126 million in new and existing investments, programs and resources to support the goals of the district. The district is supported by a comprehensive interdepartmental collaboration that includes millions in state support, including from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME), and others from the Whitmer- Gilchrist.
Of the four pillars identified in the MOU, the focus is on workforce development in the district. To support these efforts, the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) will provide world-class training, adult post-secondary education, and career-readiness resources in the district – including potential physical space to accommodate apprenticeship programs, employer-led collaborations, the Going Pro Talent Fund and more – to prepare local workers for high-tech jobs in mobility and other emerging fields.
Improving Michigan’s Mobility Ecosystem
Through enduring relationships like the one with Ford, Michigan is building a stronger state economy through safer, fairer, and environmentally responsible transportation for all Michigan residents.
To maintain state preeminence and seize this once-in-a-lifetime economic opportunity, Governor Whitmer formally launched OFME in July 2020. OFME is a public-private partnership integrating the efforts of state government, universities, and private industry to develop and support Michigan mobility. ecosystem. It recommends public policies regarding mobility and electrification, charging infrastructure and related mobility issues such as shared transportation and mass transit. It also supports the start-up and scaling of emerging technologies and businesses, creating opportunities for electrification and charging initiatives to thrive.
In view of the electrification of the automotive industry and the future of mobility, Michigan will continue to be a leader in innovation through these partnerships.
Learn more about Michigan’s upcoming electrified road at www.michiganbusiness.org/mobility/.
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