Stevens spoke to the Lansing Regional Chamber Economic Club on February 15.
“I work in the economic development space, particularly with our automotive and mobility industries in Michigan,” says Stevens. “We’re focused on promoting, retaining, and growing our automotive and next generation mobility industries here in Michigan.”
Stevens says the automotive industry is transforming “so fast because of the convergence of the automotive and tech industries and the need for the development of next generation mobility.” And he defines mobility as “a different and more efficient way for people, goods, and services to move in our world and in our society.”
Stevens adds that the biggest challenge to keeping Michigan at the forefront of these emerging technologies is talent. Quoting a Ford executive, Stevens says companies will deploy their resources where the talent is. In addition to compensation, that talent is attracted to the culture and mission of companies.
“If you want to work in an industry that is high tech, global, consumer focused, and growth oriented, sure you can do that at Google and Apple. But you can do that at General Motors or Ford or Toyota here in Michigan too.”
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