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MEDC to Co-Sponsor Industry Preview Days at 2005 North American International Auto Show

Friday, December 03, 2004

Paul Krepps
(517) 335-4590

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is pleased to announce its co-sponsorship of the Industry Preview Days on January 12 and 13 during Press Week at the 2005 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS). Industry Preview Days provide corporate executives a private opportunity to tour the show floor.

The MEDC will host an automotive symposium on "2020: Future Visions of Tomorrow's Automobile" Wednesday, January 12. Governor Jennifer M. Granholm and leading OE executives, including Dr. Won Suk Cho, president of Hyundai America Technical Center, Inc., will explore the state's extensive research and development initiatives as well as the impact of emerging technologies on the auto industry. In addition to featuring Michigan's automotive R&D strengths, the symposium will also highlight the advantages of the state's business climate.

"With more than 85 percent of all North American automotive R&D conducted here, we can say that Michigan has won the battle for the brains of the automotive industry," said MEDC President and CEO Don Jakeway. "Governor Granholm and the MEDC are in the midst of an aggressive effort to leverage this strength in ways that will make Michigan an even stronger automotive leader."

Speakers from six major automakers are also expected to speak at the symposium on telematics, hybrid vehicles and other technology innovations.

"The NAIAS is very pleased that the MEDC and Governor Granholm have partnered to create this highly informative symposium during Industry Preview Days," said Bill Cook, Senior Co-chairmen of the NAIAS. "Impactful events like these highlight the breadth of Michigan's opportunities in the automotive industry and help the state and industry work together to ensure a positive future and business climate for everyone."

For more information regarding the MEDC symposium, please contact the MEDC at (800) 946-6829.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation, a partnership between the state and local communities, promotes smart economic growth by developing strategies and providing services to create and retain good jobs and a high quality of life.