Show Your Support for the New International Trade Crossing

Get involved and show your support for the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). The new bridge will secure reliable transportation infrastructure with our largest trading partner and position Michigan as a leader in the global market place. You can help by showing your support.

1. Let your community know that you support the NITC. Write a letter to your local newspaper editor expressing your support for the NITC. Letters to the editor should be between 50 and 150 words and should include your name, phone number, and city or county of residence. Click here for a list of local newspapers.

2. Contact your state lawmakers and let them know that you support building the NITC. Click here for a complete list of Michigan lawmakers.

If you need help getting started, below is a list of talking points and examples of letters for you to use as a guide. You can use the talking points to help craft a letter or copy one of the sample letters into an email, and edit it to personalize with your own comments.

Thanks for your support.

Talking Points

  • A world-class international bridge to secure a transportation corridor with Michigan’s largest trading partner.
  • Positioning Michigan as an international trade hub for the global market place.
  • Providing 10,000 new construction jobs to Michigan workers.
  • Generating more then $2 billion in federal matching highway funds for Michigan roads.
  • A $1.3 billion dollar investment that will not cost Michigan taxpayers a dime.

Sample Letters

Example 1

Dear Editor,

Trade is crucial to our economy and I believe it is imperative to build the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). Our governor supports the project and believes it will play an important role in turning Michigan around.

Canada is our largest trading partner and we are in a unique position to leverage our location and assets to become an international trade hub. Building an additional crossing will secure our position in the global economy and bring much-needed jobs and growth to the region.

Now is the time to build the NITC and we cannot let this opportunity slip through our fingers.

We need to build the bridge now!

Example 2

Dear Editor,

It has been said that 2012 is the year for Michigan to make a comeback. The proposed New International Trade Crossing (NITC) can help us turn the corner and create a new chapter in our future. The project will create more than 10,000 construction jobs for Michigan workers, improve infrastructure with our largest trading partner, and it will not cost us a dime.

We are on the verge of an epic turnaround and have been presented with a unique opportunity that can help get Michigan back on track. It is time for Michigan to be on top and building a new bridge will help us get there.

The motives for building the NITC are straightforward and the facts are out there on what this project means for our state.

Just build the bridge.

Example 3

Dear Editor,

As Michigan’s economy continues to improve, construction of the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) is vital to Michigan’s resurgence.

Trade with Canada is reaching record levels and the number of Canadian tourists visiting the United States reached an all time high in 2011.

With Canadian tourists visiting the U.S. at record levels (21 million visits in 2011), building the NITC will help support the growing travel and tourism industries, and facilitate continued economic growth.

The time to build the bridge is now.

Example 4

Dear Editor,

The Detroit-Windsor border crossing is the busiest and most important trade link between the United States and Canada. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. surface trade with Canada increased more than $65 billion from 2010 and totaled more than $537 billion in 2011. While this is great news, there is still a problem. The current condition of the Ambassador Bridge will hardly able to support future traffic and trade between the U.S. and Canada.

Traffic backups and travel problems cause manufacturers and suppliers to lose hundreds of millions of dollars year and these inefficiencies could easily be solved with the construction of the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). Michigan businesses should not be losing money due to traveling conditions out of their control.

Building the NITC is essential to getting Michigan back on the right track. As our economy continues to improve, traffic and trade are likely to increase. Build the bridge now and secure our economic future.