#InvestInMI Day One: Governor Snyder visits Shanghai Auto City
November 15, 2016
By Ryan Burklow | @burklow_ryan
The Motor City met Auto City when Gov. Rick Snyder kicked off the first day of his sixth investment trip to China by visiting Shanghai Automobile City.
As Michigan moves further toward becoming the world-wide leader in mobility, visits such as these are becoming increasingly important. Shanghai Automobile city is a production base that focuses on the research and testing of intelligent and connected vehicles.
While visiting the production base, Snyder was joined by Jiading District Party Secretary Ma Chunlei as they presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the MEDC’s automotive office and The Shanghai International Automobile City. The memorandum is in place to further the cooperation between different research facilities throughout Michigan and Shanghai.
“Michigan and China are in unique positions as we each pursue business and opportunities in the interconnected autonomous vehicle space,” Snyder said. “This memorandum of understanding is an important accomplishment that builds on our mutual commitment to strengthen our friendship and further promote the automotive industry in Michigan and China.”
After the signing of the memorandum, Gov. Snyder took time to highlight the steps being taken to position the Michigan as the global leader in intelligent vehicle technology.
After his meeting at Shanghai Auto City, Snyder visited Shanghai Jiatong University. While at the university, Snyder was able to participate in the announcement of the Joint Institute-Ross Executive Development Program between Jiatong University and the University of Michigan. The program will broaden international engagement for students and faculty at both schools.