"A sure bet." We've all heard that line before. But when it comes to Michigan, the auto industry remains the surest bet we can make. Our largest industry has not only led Michigan's comeback, it also has the ability to produce tens of thousands of new, high-paying jobs if we play our cards right.
Technology is transforming automobiles into mobile devices that allow us to work, get informed and be entertained while we safely transport ourselves. Michigan has an unique opportunity to diversify and grow our economy by attracting businesses that are fueling this transformation and have never considered locating here before. You may remember that BLM identified this opportunity to become the "Global Center of Mobility" in its New Michigan growth strategy.
The good news is that Michigan took a big step toward realizing its future automotive opportunities with the opening of Mcity on the University of Michigan's North Campus. Mcity is the world's first full-service research facility specifically designed to test the potential of connected and automated vehicle technologies. BLM is now working with a team of partners to develop additional testing centers, attract federal research, convene mobility conferences and expand education programs.
And this is only the beginning. Michigan is ready to rev the engines of its auto sector and continue its industry leadership. It is the surest bet that we can make for the people of our state.