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Groundbreaking held at American Center for Mobility at Willow Run

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On Nov. 22, Ann Arbor SPARK joined state officials and automotive technology leaders to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the American Center for Mobility (ACM) at Willow Run in Ypsilanti Township. When complete, ACM will serve as a state-of-the-art global center for testing, education, and product development for connected and automated vehicles.
 
The American Center for Mobility is designed to enable technology and to accelerate the development of voluntary standards to improve transportation systems and ensure U.S. competitiveness worldwide. The Center will be available for use by private industry, government, standards bodies and academia and will serve as a technology hub, allowing companies to lease office space, garages and other amenities. There also is sufficient room for additional economic investment by companies looking to expand existing or build new facilities close to the testing ground.
 
The American Center for Mobility is a joint initiative that includes the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan Economic Development Corp., the University of MichiganBusiness Leaders for Michigan and Ann Arbor SPARK.  The board of directors is comprised of representatives from U-M, Business Leaders for Michigan and SPARK, which initiated the project and will play a key role in economic development tied to the center. Automotive industry and community advisory boards will also be established.  Founding board members include Doug Rothwell, president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan; Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK; Jon Kinsey, assistant vice president for research at U-M, and U-M Mobility Transformation Center Director Huei Peng.
 
“The American Center for Mobility is an opportunity to continue and further Michigan’s leadership in the automotive industry,” said Krutko. “Going forward, SPARK will make sure global companies know that the deep roots of our engineering and manufacturing heritage make Ann Arbor the right location for new mobility technologies and product development. It’s exciting to be part of this marquee project that’s a critical and pivotal moment in our regional economy.”
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