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MICHauto Report Available to Economic Developers, Showcases Michigan’s Next-Generation Mobility Leadership

MICHauto, an initiative of the Detroit Regional Chamber, recently released its Michigan is Autoreport at the 2015 MICHauto Summit. The report, now in its third iteration, details Michigan’s automotive and next-generation mobility assets and overall business climate. It will be disseminated to economic developers throughout the state for automotive business and investment attraction efforts.

Among its highlights, the report shows that:

  • Michigan’s engineering workforce ranks No. 1 nationally.
  • As of 2014, Michigan employed more industrial engineers (23,390) and mechanical engineers (38,700) than any other state in the country.
  • Michigan leads the country in connected vehicle projects (45), a 50 percent increase since 2013.
  • Michigan accounts for $8.9 billion, or 76 percent, of business-funded automotive R&D, leading the nation in automotive-related R&D.
  • Michigan has 15 universities and colleges with nationally ranked undergraduate engineering programs, four of which also have nationally ranked graduate programs.

Supported by Gov. Snyder and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), “Michigan is Auto” has been translated into several languages and is distributed around the world to industry executives considering expansion in North America. Read the full report here.