Want More Jobs and a Stronger Michigan Economy? Build the Bridge to Canada

by Rick Snyder For Michigan

Today’s national jobs report shows that the U.S. economy is still growing slowly and millions remain unemployed. The good news is that there’s one big thing we can do in Michigan to help create new jobs — build the new bridge to Canada, helping to increase trade with our neighbor to the north and put people to work, all at no cost to Michigan taxpayers.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder explains how the bridge will positively impact our state:

Today, we have an opportunity to greatly improve our border crossing, give businesses more of a reason to grow and expand in our state, and help make Michigan the global transportation hub that it can and should be. And we can do it at no cost to the people of Michigan, thanks to our friends in Canada. The New International Trade Crossing will be a great accomplishment for the people of our state, and it will be another giant step toward reinventing Michigan.

Trade with Canada supports 257,000 jobs across Michigan, and the bridge project is expected to create 10,000 jobs related to building the bridge, 750 long-term jobs, and generate and/or preserve as many as 25,000 jobs within Michigan. The best part is, it won’t cost Michigan a thing. That’s because Canada has agreed to provide up to $550 million to cover the State of Michigan’s share of the cost. And Michigan has no responsibility to repay Canada’s funding.

Given all the great things about the bridge, it’s not surprising that the list of those who support the project is growing day by day. It includes Ford, GM, Chrysler, Meijer, The Detroit News, The Detroit Free Press, The Grand Rapids Press, former governors, labor unions, chambers of commerce, and other community leaders and organizations. Bill Ford explains how the bridge will help Ford Motor Company:

This will help our business enormously. Ford Motor Company alone sends about 600 trucks a day across the bridge, and they get hung up often, particularly on the Windsor side. Any time you get hung up like that, it costs you time and it costs you money. This will be a huge boost to us as we send parts and powertrains back and forth across the border.

Read more about the benefits of the bridge at BuildThisBridge.com. Here’s a list of those who support the New International Trade Crossing:

Access Engineering
Advanced Geomatics
Alfred Benesch & Company
Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers
American Council of Engineering Companies of Michigan
American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc.
Amway Corp.
Ann Arbor SPARK
Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti Regional Chamber of Commerce
Argus-Press and Guide
Associated General Contractors of Michigan
Auto Dealers of Michigan
Automation Alley
Automotive Parts Manufacturers Association
Backstrom McCarley Berry & Co., LLC
Barton Malow
BC CAL KAL Port Development Corporation
Battle Creek Unlimited
Building Owners and Managers Association of Metro Detroit
Business Leaders for Michigan
Campbell Soup Company
Canadian Auto Workers
Canadian Automotive Partnership Council
Canadian Industrial Transportation Association
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Canadian Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Association
Canadian Teamsters, Local 879
CCN Matthews News Distribution Experts
Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg
CH2M Hill
City of Sault Ste Marie
City of Wixom
Clairvoyant Energy
Cliffs Natural Resources, Inc.
Consumers Energy
Corradino Group of Michigan, Inc.
Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce
County Road Association of Michigan
David Bing, Mayor of Detroit
Dearborn Press & Guide
Delta Airlines
Delta County Area Chamber of Commerce
Detroit City Council
Detroit Free Press
Detroit Logistics Company
Detroit News
Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce
Detroit-Windsor Truck Ferry
DLZ Michigan, Inc.
Dow Corning Corporation
Downtown Development Authority of the City of River Rouge
Economic Alliance for Michigan
Eddie Francis, Mayor of Windsor
Elaham Shayota LLC
Elsey Construction Products
Evans Group
Ex-Imp Global
Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber, Inc.
Ford Motor Company
Gannett Fleming of Michigan, Inc.
Gateway Communities Development Collaborative
General Motors
Governor Rick Snyder
Governor Jennifer Granholm
Governor James Blanchard
Governor John Engler
Governor William Milliken
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Grand Rapids Press
Grand Valley Metro Council
Great Lakes Commission
GreenStone Farm Credit Services
Herman Miller
HH Engineering, Ltd.
HNTB Michigan, Inc.
Holland Area Chamber of Commerce
Honda North America, Inc.
International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 324
International Union, UAW
Jackson Citizen Patriot
Jackson County Chamber of Commerce
James Group International
Kellogg Company
Kevin Hinkley, Mayor of Wixom
L. Brooks Patterson, Oakland County Executive
Laborers International Union of North America, Local 625
Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce
Lake Superior Community Partnership
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
Lansing State Journal
Loblaw Companies Ltd.
Masco Corporation
Meijer, Inc.
Meritor, Inc.
Michigan Aggregates Association
Michigan Agri-Business Association
Michigan Allied Poultry Industries Inc.
Michigan Association of Counties
Michigan Bankers Association
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Farm Bureau
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Michigan Milk Producers Association
Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters & Millwrights
Michigan State AFL-CIO
Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation
Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association
Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce
National Association of Manufacturers
Northwest Consultants, Inc.
Novi Chamber of Commerce
NTH Consultants, Inc.
Oakland County Business Roundtable
Ohio Senate
OHM Advisors
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Ontario Road Builders’ Association
Ontario Trucking Association
Opus International Consultants, Inc.
Original Equipment Suppliers Association
Parsons Brinkerhoff
Potato Growers of Michigan Inc.
Robert A. Ficano, Wayne County Executive
Robert M. Thompson
Road Commission for Oakland County
Ryder Supply Chain Solutions
Sault Area Chamber of Commerce
Somat Engineering, Inc.
Southern Wayne Regional Chamber of Commerce
Southwest Detroit Community Benefits Coalition
Steelcase, Inc.
Steve Tobocman, former State Representative
Surveying Solutions, Inc.
TesTech, Inc.
The Daily Tribune
The Holland Sentinel
The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.
The Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council
The News Herald
The Right Place
Toledo Blade
Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce
Traverse City Record-Eagle
TY Lin International
Universal Forestry Products
URS Corporation
URS Corporation Great Lakes
Utility Workers Union of America
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Wayne County Commission
Wolverine World Wide, Inc.
Xtreme Power