Gov. Rick Snyder heads to California to continue mobility, IT growth for Michigan

Monday, April 9, 2018

San Francisco, CA – Gov. Rick Snyder is taking the Michigan story on the road again, spending the next three days in Silicon Valley meeting with large tech companies, start-ups and investors.

“Michigan is the global epicenter of mobility and we want to make sure everyone knows that. People know us as the auto manufacturing state, but I want to ensure they know we are more than manufacturing – we are the leader in research, development and testing of cutting-edge vehicle technology and the development of groundbreaking technology in the financial, insurance, agriculture and banking industries as well.”

“As I’ve said since the beginning of the year, I plan to accelerate our comeback through the very end of my term in office. We’ve grown by more than 540,000 new jobs in the past 7 years, and I’d like to attract even more by the end of this year.”

Gov. Snyder and representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, including Trevor Pawl of PlanetM, will meet with new mobility, advanced technology, agriculture and manufacturing companies, participate in roundtables with technology experts, venture capitalists and CEOs, and visit the NASA Ames Research Center to highlight Michigan’s aerospace industry.

Key facts that will be highlighted during the domestic trade mission include:

  • Michigan has two of the world’s foremost autonomous vehicle testing centers, with others currently in development, such as Kettering’s GM test track in Flint.
  • The Michigan Dept. of Transportation will complete 350+ miles of connected vehicle roadways by next year.
  • We are home to more than 123,000 engineers, with a skilled workforce of nearly 216,000.
  • Michigan ranks first nationally in mobility-related patents filed, surpassing California.
  • Michigan employs seven mechanical, industrial and aerospace engineers per 1,000 residents, ranking first in the nation.
  • The FIRST Robotics World Championships begin this month in Detroit, with Michigan having more teams than any other state.
  • The Intelligent Transportation Society will convene in Detroit in June.

The timing of the trip comes on the heels of the grand opening of the high-speed loop at the American Center for Mobility, the release of the Council on Future Mobility’s 2018 report, as well as the proclamation of April 4 through 11 as Mobility Week in Michigan.

Michigan was also recently recognized as the third highest state in the nation for net tech job growth, adding 13,160 jobs in 2017, with a total of 88,000 new tech jobs in Michigan since the Governor took office.