November 30, 2016: Third Annual Michigan Auto Heritage Day

WHEREAS, the MotorCities National Heritage Area is a non-profit affiliate of the National Park Service dedicated to the historic preservation and promotion of the automotive industry and labor movement; and,

WHEREAS, the MotorCities National Heritage Area has the goal of acknowledging and recognizing appreciation of an industry deeply woven into Michigan’s past, present and future; and,

WHEREAS, the MotorCities National Heritage Area has awarded nearly $1.4 million in grant funding for projects that preserve, promote and interpret automotive history and how the industry has impacted southeast Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, the MotorCities National Heritage Area was enacted by Congress in 1998 as the Automobile National Heritage Area and remains the only National Heritage Area within the state of Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, a recent study conducted by an outside firm has concluded that the MotorCities National Heritage Area generates $410.4 million in economic impact annually, supports 4,560 jobs statewide and generates $35.4 million in tax revenue; and,

WHEREAS, throughout 2016, the MotorCities National Heritage Area has celebrated the 100th  Anniversary of the National Park Service; and,

WHEREAS, on this date I especially encourage residents of Michigan to join with me in commemorating Michigan’s rich and diverse auto and labor heritage;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim November 30, 2016 as Michigan Auto Heritage Day.