Detroit Regional Partnership Hires Christine Roeder to Lead Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) Initiative

DETROIT (January 12, 2023) – Today, the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP) announced it has hired Christine Roeder as Executive Vice President of the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) as the Detroit Region works to retain and expand its global mobility and automotive leadership through a world-class advanced mobility industry sector.

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Partners & Projects

The grant supports six projects submitted under the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) initiative, designed to accelerate economic growth by building on the region’s mobility assets. GEM will create a smart, secure, sustainable, and inclusive advanced-mobility industry, starting with the transition to next-generation electric, autonomous, and fully connected vehicles.

The EDA will directly disburse the $52.2M among GEM’s core partners ranging from $5M to $16M.  Each organization has subawardees or project support organizations that will help develop and deliver project components.

Global Epicenter of Mobility Goals

Lead the world in the transformation of talent, entrepreneurs, and small to medium-sized businesses to match the rapid transformation from Internal Combustible Engines (ICE) to Electric Vehicles (EV) and beyond.


Southeast Michigan Grants Coalition

Detroit Region for Industrial Site Readiness Strategy and Framework

Project Partners

GEM Central

DRP serves as the central convening and coordinating body that will provide overall grant administration and guide alignment and cohesion among the six GEM projects.

Site Readiness

DRP’s goal is to attract major mobility business investments across the Detroit Region.  Through the Verified Industrial Properties program DRP will inventory, assess and prepare development-ready sites to advance a site’s readiness for future development opportunities.


Maureen Donohue Krauss, President & CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership

Proving and Testing

The Office of Future Mobility and Electrification’s goal is to equitably increase the number of companies and small entrepreneurs and help them gain access to the state’s world-class testing and proving assets. This includes subsystem and component-level testing, closed system testing and real-world demonstration projects.

Project Support Organization

Next Energy


Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer, OFME

Talent Transformation

SEMCA’s goal is to assist companies in equitably meeting the region’s high-tech talent needs, offset retirement losses, and support career pathway advancement. SEMCA designed a suite of employer-facing consulting services (e.g., talent planning, alternative hiring practices), talent-facing services (training, career pathways, and barrier removal), and initiatives to support technical talent retention and development.

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Project Support Organizations

Detroit Regional Chamber
Ann Arbor Spark
Global Detroit
Upwardly Global
Detroit Future City
Michigan Works Southeast
Macomb/St. Clair Michigan Works!
GST Michigan Works!
Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation
Oakland County Michigan Works!
Michigan Founders Fund


Kate Brady-Medley, Chief Operating Officer, SEMCA Michigan Works!

Mobility Acceleration and Innovation Network

Tech Town’s goal is to accelerate the growth of mobility startups that drive innovation to fill gaps in the mobility value chain.  They will develop a shared intake, assessment, and referral process for mobility-related entrepreneurs, with deep support for software and hardware development.

Project Support Organizations

Michigan Founders Fund
Invest Detroit
WSU (MTRAC Adv Comp)
UofM (Adv Trans and T3N)
Design Core Detroit
Endeavor Detroit


Ned Staebler, Chief Executive Officer, TechTown

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

The Economic Growth Institute is designed to help existing small-to medium-size manufacturers and suppliers transition to the future of mobility, including electrification and autonomy, or pivoting to new industries. U of M EGI launched a new Advanced Mobility Supply Chain Transformation Center to help manufacturers transition to the electric vehicle market.

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Project Next Steps

The Global Epicenter of Mobility is a four year, grant funded initiative. The EDA and GEM core partners will kick-off their grant programs in October 2022 building momentum with coalition outreach in early 2023. Each organization needs to hire GEM support staff to advance their projects forward.

Stay tuned to how your organization can get involved in the future.


Can businesses directly receive funds from the $52.2M EDA grant award?

Unfortunately, the EDA does not allow funds to go directly to companies. However, companies throughout the Detroit Region will be able to engage with/receive services from any of the 5 core projects centered on startups and legacy companies, talent training, access to testing and proving facilities, and vetted sites for future development. Stay tuned. We hope to conduct a webinar with the partners this fall.

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