Show your support for the New International Trade Crossing: Write a letter to your local newspaper editor today

Now that the people of Michigan have decided to move forward with the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) by rejecting Proposal 6, 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.

If you need help getting started, below is a list of talking points and examples of letters to the editor 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

  • The people decided and rejected Proposal 6 by more than 830,000 votes, paving the way for the NITC
  • 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.

Example 1

Dear [INSERT YOUR NAME],

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. The defeat of Proposal 6 demonstrates that the people of Michigan support the NITC.

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.

Since Proposal 6 has been defeated, the time to build the NITC is now. We cannot let this opportunity slip through our fingers.

We need to build the bridge now!

Example 2

Dear [INSERT YOUR NAME],

It has been said that 2013 is the year for Michigan to make a comeback. The 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 will not cost us a dime.

With the defeat of Proposal 6, the people have decided on a brighter future and Michigan is on the verge of an epic turnaround. We have been presented with a unique opportunity that can help get Michigan back on track. It is time for Michigan to return to greatness, and building a new bridge will help us get there.

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

Build the bridge.

Example 3

Dear [INSERT YOUR NAME],

As Michigan’s economy continues to improve, construction of the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) is vital to Michigan’s resurgence. The defeat of Proposal 6 has helped advance our state’s revival, and demonstrates Michigan’s firm support for the NITC.

Trade with Canada has reached 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.

Proposal 6 has been defeated and now is the time to build the bridge.

Example 4

Dear [INSERT YOUR NAME],

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 and structure of the Ambassador Bridge will hardly able to support future traffic and trade between the U.S. and Canada. Michigan residents recognize the importance of this trade crossing, and voiced their support by rejecting Proposal 6.

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. With the defeat of proposal 6, there are no more barriers to inhibit construction of the NITC. Build the bridge now and secure our economic future.