After securing the third EV battery related investment in the state in excess of one billion dollars by 2022 Michigan continues to be shining a spotlight on keeping a positive spirit of collaboration in order to grow our economy, creating jobs and further advancing the future of electrification and mobility. The 2nd of June, 2022 governor Gretchen Whitmer joined Ford Chief Policy Officer and General Counsel Steven Croley to announce the funding of 2 billion made by Ford for the creation of more than 3,200 new manufacturing jobs within Michigan.
With this new transformational investment, Ford is ensuring future potential for growth in EV manufacturing in Michigan, while also securing its existing internal combustion engine automobile production in Michigan.
The latest investment is funded partially by Critical Industry Program (CIP) through the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve (SOAR) Fund, passed with bipartisan support and enacted to law by Michigan Governor Whitmer on December 20, 2021 in order to ensure that Michigan can effectively compete in the marketplace for billions of investment, and also attract the employment of tens of thousands to boost the state’s economy.
Since the year 2016, Ford has announced more than $10 billion of investment in Michigan mostly in production of autonomous and EV Battery and generating more than 10,000 new and retained jobs for Michigan’s manufacturing workforce.
Ford’s Focus on Michigan
Ford’s investments in Michigan and in the future of mobility is built on the legacy of innovation that began over 100 years ago when mass manufacturing facilitated by the creation of the famous assembly line. Vehicle-to-vehicle/vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, which are shaping the future and economics of mobility.
Alongside Ford, Michigan is developing new partnerships that will keep Michigan at the forefront of technological and automotive breakthroughs for the next generation with EV Battery.
The time came when Ford Motor Co. acquired Cork town’s historical Michigan Central Station in 2018 and declared its plan to transform the facility into a bustling campus and an innovation center to shape transport’s future, this investment in the future of Detroit laid the foundation for the benefits to be enjoyed throughout the state. as a location for major tech companies that want to have an impact on our futures, Michigan is a go-to partner because of its workforce pipeline, manufacturing history and ingenuity.
In the 4 years that have passed since the creation of the Michigan Central Station District, the increasing number of partnerships that have been created in Detroit and the surrounding communities indicates that high-tech corporations from around the world are focusing their attention on Michigan.
Then, in February of 2022 Ford made it clear that Google would become a founding part of the Michigan Central mobility innovation district offering cloud-based technologies to Michigan Central’s mobility initiatives and providing workforce development education for high school students in the area as well as job seekers – and all the while being firmly in Detroit’s Cork town neighborhood.
In the context of an Memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Ford Michigan, the State of Michigan and the city of Detroit the state is coordinating over $126 million of investment, programs and resources to help achieve the objectives that the District has set. This district receives support from a broad cross-departmental partnership that includes millions of dollars in state support, including from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as well as the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) and other departments within the Whitmer-Gilchrist Administration.
One of the four pillars that are mentioned in the MOU is the focus on developing the workforce in the area. In order to support this effort LEO Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) will offer world-class training, post-secondary adult education, and career readiness resources for the district – including a physical space that can host apprenticeship programs, employer-led collaborations as well as for instance, the Moving Pro Talent Fund and other programs that will train local workers for the most advanced jobs in mobility, as well as other new areas.
Enhancing Michigan’s Mobility Ecosystem (EV Battery)
Through long-term relationships, such as those in place with Ford, Michigan is building a stronger economy for the state by providing safe, fair and sustainable transportation options for everyone Michigan residents.
In order to maintain Michigan’s top position and to take advantage of this once-in-a-generation business opportunity Governor Whitmer officially launched OFME in July of 2020. OFME is a private-public partnership that brings together the state’s government, academia and private sector efforts to create and enhance Michigan’s mobility infrastructure. It provides recommendations for policies that govern public electrification and mobility charging infrastructure as well as related mobility issues like shared transportation , public transit and other. It also promotes the development and scaling-up of new technologies and businesses, thereby creating opportunities for charging and electrification initiatives to flourish.