Gov. Whitmer and Regional Detroit Coalition Celebrate $52.2 Million Grant Bringing More Auto Investment and Jobs to Southeast Michigan  

LANSING, Mich. Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP), and a regional coalition of partners announced that they secured a $52.2 million advanced mobility grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s (EDA) Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC). The DRP-led coalition was selected out of 60 finalists nationwide and won one of the largest grants out of 21 funded projects. It will advance the state’s mobility and electrification leadership and build on Michigan’s economic momentum. 
Build Back Better Regional Challenge Finalist
The Build Back Better Regional Challenge is one of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s programs to boost economic recovery after the pandemic. On September 2nd, 2022, the EDA announced the 21 awardees.
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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.

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.

Contact

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

Contact

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

Contact

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)
Centrepolis
Design Core Detroit
Endeavor Detroit

Contact

Ned Staebler, Chief Executive Officer, TechTown

Legacy and Company Transition Support

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 will form a new Advanced Mobility Supply Chain Transformation Center to help manufacturers transition to the electric vehicle market.

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Project Support Organization

Michigan Manufacturers Technology Center

Contact

Ashlee Breitner, Managing Director, Economic Growth Institute

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.

FAQs

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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