Want More Jobs and a Stronger Michigan Economy? Build the Bridge to Canada.

Governor Rick Snyder discussing trade with the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.


July 6, 2012


by Mike Brownfield

Director of Social Media

Office of Governor Rick Snyder

Today's national jobs report shows that the U.S. economy is still growing slowly and millions remain unemployed. The good news is that there's one big thing we can do in Michigan to help create new jobs -- build the new bridge to Canada, helping to increase trade with our neighbor to the north and put people to work, all at no cost to Michigan taxpayers.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder explains how the bridge will positively impact our state:

Today, we have an opportunity to greatly improve our border crossing, give businesses more of a reason to grow and expand in our state, and help make Michigan the global transportation hub that it can and should be. And we can do it at no cost to the people of Michigan, thanks to our friends in Canada. The New International Trade Crossing will be a great accomplishment for the people of our state, and it will be another giant step toward reinventing Michigan.


Trade with Canada supports 257,000 jobs across Michigan, and the bridge project is expected to create 10,000 jobs related to building the bridge, 750 long-term jobs, and generate and/or preserve as many as 25,000 jobs within Michigan. The best part is, it won't cost Michigan a thing. That's because Canada has agreed to provide up to $550 million to cover the State of Michigan's share of the cost. And Michigan has no responsibility to repay Canada's funding.


Given all the great things about the bridge, it's not surprising that the list of those who support the project is growing day by day. It includes Ford, GM, Chrysler, Meijer, The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The Grand Rapids Press, former governors, labor unions, chambers of commerce, and other community leaders and organizations. Bill Ford explains how the bridge will help Ford Motor Company:


This will help our business enormously. Ford Motor Company alone sends about 600 trucks a day across the bridge, and they get hung up often, particularly on the Windsor side. Any time you get hung up like that, it costs you time and it costs you money. This will be a huge boost to us as we send parts and powertrains back and forth across the border.


Read more about the benefits of the bridge at BuildThisBridge.com. Here's a list of those who support the New International Trade Crossing:


Access Engineering

Advanced Geomatics

Alfred Benesch & Company

Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers

American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan

American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.

Amway Corp.

Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce

Argus-Press and Guide

Associated General Contractors of Michigan

Auto Dealers of Michigan

Automation Alley

Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association

Backstrom McCarley Berry & Co., LLC

Barton Malow


BC CAL KAL Port Development Corporation

Battle Creek Unlimited

Building Owners and Managers Association of Metro Detroit

Business Leaders for Michigan

Campbell Soup Company

Canadian Auto Workers

Canadian Automotive Partnership Council

Canadian Industrial Transportation Association

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

Canadian Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association

Canadian Teamsters, Local 879

CCN Matthews News Distribution Experts

Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg

CH2M Hill


City of Sault Ste Marie

City of Wixom

Clairvoyant Energy

Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc.

Consumers Energy


Corradino Group of Michigan, Inc.

Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce

County Road Association of Michigan


David Bing, Mayor of Detroit

Dearborn Press & Guide

Delta Airlines

Delta County Area Chamber of Commerce

Detroit City Council

Detroit Free Press

Detroit Logistics Company

Detroit News

Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce

Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry

DLZ Michigan, Inc.

Dow Corning Corporation

Downtown Development Authority of the City of River Rouge

Economic Alliance for Michigan

Eddie Francis, Mayor of Windsor

Elaham Shayota LLC

Elsey Construction Products

Evans Group

Ex-Imp Global

Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.

Ford Motor Company

Gannett Fleming of Michigan, Inc.

Gateway Communities Development Collaborative

General Motors

Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Jennifer Granholm

Governor James Blanchard

Governor John Engler

Governor William Milliken

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Grand Rapids Press

Grand Valley Metro Council

Great Lakes Commission

GreenStone Farm Credit Services

Herman Miller

HH Engineering, Ltd.

HNTB Michigan, Inc.

Holland Area Chamber of Commerce

Honda North America, Inc.

International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 324

International Union, UAW

Jackson Citizen Patriot

Jackson County Chamber of Commerce

James Group International

Kellogg Company

Kevin Hinkley, Mayor of Wixom

L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive

Laborers International Union of North America, Local 625

Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce

Lake Superior Community Partnership

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Lansing State Journal

Loblaw Companies Ltd.


Masco Corporation

Meijer, Inc.

Meritor, Inc.

Michigan Aggregates Association

Michigan Agri-Business Association

Michigan Allied Poultry Industries Inc.

Michigan Association of Counties

Michigan Bankers Association

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Farm Bureau

Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association

Michigan Manufacturers Association

Michigan Milk Producers Association

Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters & Millwrights

Michigan State AFL-CIO

Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation

Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association

Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce

National Association of Manufacturers

Northwest Consultants, Inc.

Novi Chamber of Commerce

NTH Consultants, Inc.

Oakland County Business Roundtable

Ohio Senate


OHM Advisors

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Road Builders' Association

Ontario Trucking Association

Opus International Consultants, Inc.

Original Equipment Suppliers Association


Parsons Brinkerhoff

Potato Growers of Michigan Inc.

Robert A. Ficano, Wayne County Executive

Robert M. Thompson

Road Commission for Oakland County

Ryder Supply Chain Solutions

Sault Area Chamber of Commerce


Somat Engineering, Inc.

Southern Wayne Regional Chamber of Commerce

Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition

Steelcase, Inc.

Steve Tobocman, former State Representative

Surveying Solutions, Inc.

TesTech, Inc.

The Daily Tribune

The Holland Sentinel

The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.

The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council

The News Herald

The Right Place

Toledo Blade



Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce

Traverse City Record-Eagle

TY Lin International

Universal Forestry Products

URS Corporation

URS Corporation Great Lakes

Utility Workers Union of America

U.S. Chamber of Commerce


Wayne County Commission

Wolverine World Wide, Inc.

Xtreme Power


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