Gov. Whitmer Visits Traverse City to Talk Auto Industry

Governor Gretchen Whitmer was in Traverse City Wednesday talking about the future of the auto industry in Michigan.

The Center for Automotive Research is hosting the conference this week at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa.

It focuses on the auto industry along with the challenges and changes that lie ahead.

Top auto industry executives are in town along with companies working to make their mark on the industry.

The auto industry was front and center Wednesday for Governor Gretchen Whitmer. She said the industry is at a turning point, because of challenges related to infrastructure, access to broadband internet and the skills gap.

“It means building roads of the future that are connected, that support these advanced technologies, these are all critical pieces to us strengthening our edge in mobility, but most importantly keeping our people safe and making this a good place to do business,” said Whitmer.

President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Jeff Mason, says navigating these challenges are critical as the industry experiments with new technology.

“I think as you look at the future In terms of connected and autonomous vehicles and mobility, I mean it effects everybody in terms of what our transportation looks like, how vehicles and products are going to move across Michigan, across the United States and around the world,” said Mason.

Whitmer says the auto industry remains strong, taking on these challenges will help grow the economy statewide.

“When we educate our kids, when we clean up our drinking water when we rebuild our infrastructure, and when we make sure we maintain our edge in mobility, every one of us benefits,” said Whitmer.