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Michigan Governor creates Chief Mobility Officer role

Michigan Governor creates Chief Mobility Officer role

In an industry where new jobs are being created every day, could this be the C-Suite role of the future?

Michigan's Governor signed an executive measure this week creating an Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and, with it, the creation of a new 'Chief Mobility Officer' role.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer set out her vision for securing Michigan's continued global leadership in both the automotive manufacturing and mobility sectors in remarks delivered at the 2020 MICHAuto Summit in Detroit.

The governor has signed two measures - one creating the Michigan Office of Future Mobility and Electrification and the designation of a Chief Mobility Officer to head the office, and a second creating 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,” said Whitmer.

“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.”

With states across the US competing for leadership in the mobility sector, Michigan believes it has an advantage thanks to an ecosystem positioned to meet the challenges and opportunities afforded by future mobility. It boasts an abundance of engineering talent, a deep automotive manufacturing heritage, elite research universities and the world's first public-private partnership dedicated to advancing mobility.

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 seek to facilitate increased collaboration between public and private sector partners, using public/private partnerships to drive mobility solutions in the state and boost Michigan's competitiveness in the field of mobility.

Meanwhile, the Michigan Council on Future Mobility and Electrification will replace the Council on Future Mobility, and will provide annual recommendations on changes in state policy to the governor, legislature and the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity. In doing so, it will work to position Michigan as the world leader in future mobility, including autonomous and connected vehicle technology, electric powertrain technology and charging infrastructure, and shared and transit mobility options.

Bryan Salesky, co-founder and CEO of Argo AI, said: “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.”

“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.”

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