Governor Snyder focused on talent at the 2015 North American International Auto Show

Snyder at Tech Show Case
January 14, 2015

Michigan’s economy is recovering, Detroit is coming back, and the 2015 North American International Auto Show is revved up to show off the industry’s resurgence to the world.

More than 5,000 journalists and 800,000 visitors are expected to pack Detroit to see the latest and most innovative products from Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, and more than a dozen other auto companies.

On Tuesday, Governor Rick Snyder visited Detroit for the second day of the 2015 NAIAS. He toured the show and praised the many hard-working individuals and great companies contributing to the auto industry’s and Michigan’s comeback.

"The industry is doing well, Detroit is doing well, and Michigan is doing well,” the governor said. “You have to be excited about these vehicles.  Everything from new exciting muscle cars to new green vehicles to SUVs, across the board, we’re witnessing the renaissance of the auto industry.”

During his visit to the NAIAS, Governor Snyder also stopped by at the inaugural Technology Showcase, a new event that highlights how technology serves an integral role in the revamped automotive industry.  At the Tech Showcase, the governor visited with different groups of students who were working to build electric cars, design ultra energy-efficient vehicles, and develop innovative technologies that will help strengthen the nation’s auto industry.

The governor commended the students for taking an interest in technology, and he encouraged them to continue developing their skills and to consider a possible career in the auto industry. 

“Autos are a great thing to be involved with. And if you want to be on the cutting edge of technology, the best place to do it is the auto industry,” Governor Snyder said.

As technology’s role in the automotive industry— and other industries— becomes even more important, it’s critical that Michigan’s young people have the skills needed to fill the jobs available.  Today, more than 23% of jobs in Detroit require STEM skills, and that’s why Governor Snyder has said that developing high-skilled talent remains a top priority for him in a second term.

“We need to have parents and young people understand there's an equally honorable, equally important, equally well-paying track for career tech education,” he said. “I want Michigan to be number one in that.”

You can visit the 2015 NAIAS from Jan. 17-25. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit http://www.naias.com/.