Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 6, 2021
Gov. Whitmer Signs Executive Directive to Save Drivers Time and Money, Create Clean Energy Jobs
Governor focused on collaborating with legislature to effectively use Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan to expand electric vehicle charging infrastructure, create good-paying jobs for Michigan workers
LANSING, Mich. - Governor Gretchen Whitmer today, in preparation for the billions in federal funds Michigan is expected to receive over the next five years specifically for electric vehicles from the newly-enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, issued an executive directive (ED) to state departments and agencies to collaborate with the legislature and ready the state to build up electric vehicle charging infrastructure and create good-paying clean energy jobs. The state will work to save drivers time and money, continue leading the future of mobility and electrification, and bolster the economy by investing in jobs and products to support the state's automotive industry.
"Right now, we have an historic opportunity to put Michiganders first and use the billions in funding we are expected to receive under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to save drivers time and money while creating good-paying clean energy jobs for Michiganders," said Governor Gretchen Whitmer. "With this executive directive, we are getting ready to deliver critical resources to communities across Michigan empowering them to build up electric vehicle charging infrastructure and help the state continue leading the future of mobility and electrification. This directive, along with ongoing tax credit incentives for consumers, will help boost Michigan's economy as Michiganders continue purchasing electric vehicles and supporting the electrification of Ford, Stellantis, and GM. The new bipartisan infrastructure bill will build on work we have already done in this space and help us usher in a new era of prosperity for our state. I look forward to working with the legislature to invest these dollars and get the job done."
"This executive directive aligns with the strategies and investments of Michigan's automotive industry partners, from established automakers and suppliers to emerging startups. And because of this alignment, it will create new opportunities for Michigan's public and private sectors to collaborate. Working together is the only way to effectively build the charging infrastructure necessary to achieve electric vehicle adoption at scale," said Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer for the State of Michigan. "Federal resources from this act will also be used to maintain Michigan's role as the nucleus for high-tech electric vehicle production in America by preparing our state's workforce for the high-wage clean energy jobs of the future."
"The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council has been supporting and enabling transportation electrification, including the expansion of EV infrastructure, for years," said Michigan EIBC President Dr. Laura Sherman, "Michigan businesses are ready to use the bipartisan federal funding to create jobs and advance Michigan's mobility future. Today's Executive Directive is an important first step toward deploying federal funding quickly and effectively, which will create jobs, support small businesses, and improve connectivity."
The ED directs state departments to take a range of actions to help Michigan build the future of mobility and electrification, including:
To view the full executive directive, click the link below:
Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan
The historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan, formally known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, will send billions of dollars to Michigan to help Governor Whitmer continue fixing the damn roads, create millions of good-paying jobs, ensure small businesses can safely transport goods, expand the state's electric vehicle charging infrastructure, replace aging water infrastructure, including lead service lines, and expand high-speed internet access.
More details on the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act can be found here.
Whitmer-Gilchrist Administration Actions
The Whitmer-Gilchrist administration is ensuring Michigan lives up its legacy as the place that put the world on wheels by creating over 15,000 good-paying auto jobs, investing in the future of mobility and electrification, and cementing Michigan's status as a global manufacturing leader. Michigan continues to lead the world in the automotive space, receiving multiple awards for its manufacturing capabilities and potential.
Creating 15,000 Auto Jobs and Counting
Michigan's Big Three automakers are following Governor Whitmer's vision to make Michigan a leader in the mobility and electrification space by making an industry-wide pivot to electric vehicles, constructing and revamping massive factories, and creating thousands of good-paying, high-skill union jobs right here in Michigan.
Leading the Future of Mobility and Electrification
The Whitmer-Gilchrist administration has taken bold actions to ensure Michigan leads the future of mobility and electrification.
Tackling the Chip Crisis
Governor Whitmer is tackling the chip crisis facing the auto industry head on. She worked to bring a new semiconductor wafer manufacturing and R&D facility and 150 jobs near Bay City to support electric vehicle growth and support auto industry needs in-state. She also facilitated the opening of a new facility by KLA, a high-tech, Fortune 500 firm specializing in systems and software integral to chip and electronics manufacturing. The new KLA facility will create 600 good-paying jobs in Ann Arbor.
The governor has urged the Biden administration to redouble efforts on behalf of the U.S. auto industry and its workers in light of plant closures and production volume reductions. Governor Whitmer called for the passage of the Creating Helpful Incentives for the Production of Semiconductors (CHIPS) for America Act, which would secure jobs, bolster the auto supply chain, and shore up domestic manufacturing.
The Whitmer-Gilchrist administration has forged partnerships with innovative firms to help Michigan keep up its legacy of innovation.