Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive and Order to Extend Michigan's Leadership in Global Mobility


February 25, 2020  


Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Directive and Order to Extend Michigan’s Global Leadership in Mobility 

Executive Directive creates Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and Chief Mobility Officer role, Executive Order creates Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification. 


DETROIT, Mich. – Following a year in which Michigan saw nearly 11,000 new automotive jobs created, Governor Gretchen Whitmer today laid out her vision for securing Michigan’s continued global leadership in both the automotive manufacturing and mobility sectors during remarks at the 2020 MICHAuto Summit in Detroit. 


To extend Michigan's global leadership in mobility, Governor Whitmer signed two measures: Executive Directive 2020-1, which directs the creation of the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and the designation of a Chief Mobility Officer to head the office; and Executive Order 2020-2, which creates the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification. 


“In the state that put the world on wheels and that’s home to some of the most innovative, driven workers on the planet, we must continue to work to solidify Michigan as a global leader in mobility,” Whitmer said. “That’s why we’re harnessing our resources in state government to ensure Michigan remains the go-to state to build, test, and deploy the cars of the future. I’m excited to work with leaders in the Office of Future Mobility to build on the progress we’ve seen in the last year and cement our status as a hub for innovation and opportunity in the automotive sector.”   


While many states continue to compete for leadership in the mobility sector, Michigan offers an ecosystem that is best positioned to meet the challenges and opportunities presented by future mobility, boasting assets that include engineering talent in abundance; a deep manufacturing heritage; elite research universities; the world’s first public-private partnership dedicated to advancing mobility; and the nation’s most extensive connected infrastructure. 


Executive Directive 2020-1 directs the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) to create the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and designate a Chief Mobility Officer to head the office. The Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification will be charged with leading the strategic coordination of all mobility-related initiatives across state government, including economic development, workforce development, and infrastructure efforts, to secure Michigan’s status as a global leader in autonomous, connected, electric, and shared future mobility. 


The office will also build on Michigan’s leadership in utilizing public/private partnerships to drive mobility solutions in the state by facilitating increased collaboration between public and private sector partners. These partnerships will continue to drive Michigan’s competitiveness within both the field of mobility and the economy at large. 


Executive Order 2020-2 creates the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification, housed within LEO, to replace the Council on Future Mobility, which is abolished under the order. 


The Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification will serve in an advisory capacity to LEO, the governor, and the legislature, providing annual recommendations on changes in state policy. In doing so, the council will work to ensure Michigan continues to be the world leader in future mobility, including autonomous and connected vehicle technology, electric powertrain technology and charging infrastructure, and shared and transit mobility options. 


"Argo AI applauds the foresight in Governor Whitmer’s announcement today,” said Bryan Salesky, co-founder and CEO of Argo AI. “Initiatives like these are key to keeping Michigan at the forefront of the future of mobility. The deep pools of talent and manufacturing capacity in Michigan are two of the biggest reasons why we’re so proud to operate in this state and have automaker partnerships like the one we have with Ford Motor Company.” 


“Ford commends Governor Whitmer on prioritizing and streamlining the state’s mobility efforts, which will help to secure Michigan as a leader in this new era of transportation,” said John Lawler, CEO of Ford Autonomous Vehicles LLC and vice president of Ford’s Mobility Partnerships. “We appreciate Governor Whitmer’s recognition that the freedom of movement unlocks socioeconomic benefits and drives human progress forward. We will continue to be a collaborative partner in making transportation accessible to all.” 


“General Motors applauds Governor Whitmer’s measures to propel the State’s mobility leadership forward,” said Brian O’Connell, General Motors regional director, state government relations. “Michigan will continue to play a key role in our commitment to advance the future of mobility as evidenced in our recent announcements to create the first all-electric GM assembly and manufacture a variety of electric vehicles, including the self-driving Origin, in our backyard. Leveraging our capabilities and Research & Development leadership, we look forward to working with the State to create an all-electric future.” 


“FCA applauds the creation of the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and looks forward to working with the Governor and her team to help ensure Michigan remains the home of the quickly evolving mobility industry,” said Stephen J. Buckley, FCA senior technical fellow - electrical engineering.   


These efforts build on the current successes of the state’s mobility initiatives – including PlanetM, the mobility initiative of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; the Michigan Department of Transportation’s ongoing work with automotive industry partners in developing connected and automated vehicles and its support in the creation of Mcity at the University of Michigan; and the Electric Vehicle Charger Placement Optimization project being led by the Michigan Energy Office.