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Category Archives: Michigan’s role in mobile/wireless technologies

usdotAs a statewide trade association working with industries and technologies impacting our nation and the world at-large, over the years the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) has formed a number of relationships with national and international associations that help us better service the needs of Michigan, and help us have influence on a national and international level. One of those relationships is with The Alliance for Transportation Innovation (ATI21.org), an organization committed to accelerating the adoption of innovative technologies that will transform the safe and efficient movement of people and goods.

Recently we became aware of an article written by Paul Brubaker, President/CEO of ATI that appeared in The Hill’s Congress Blog which provides an overview of the recently released U.S. DOT series of rules and guidelines for autonomous vehicles. As Paul indicated, this long-awaited guidance was welcomed by the industry, but on closer inspection made obvious the need for a 21st century regulatory approach and the active participation of the tech community in providing input as these regulations continue to evolve. We encourage you to read Paul’s article.

The U.S. DOT has established a 60-day comment period for stakeholders on this issue to voice their concerns. ATI has called upon every stakeholder in the technology and transportation community to take advantage of this opportunity to have input on this matter. We at MTAM, would like to add our voice to ATI’s message. We also encourage everyone involved in the connected transportation eco-system who will in any way be impacted by the final decisions reached on this matter to ensure that your input is heard. Keep in mind the lives that will be saved – and the new jobs we’ll be creating – if we get this right!

Event graphicMichigan is the global center for the automotive industry, and is now tasked with positioning itself as the center for Advanced Mobility and Connected Vehicle Technology, and nowhere is this more evident than at today’s MICHauto Summit 2015.

Over 400 participants gathered at Cobo in Detroit to interact on the challenge to promote, grow and sustain the leadership position of their own firms, and that of the state as well, in the emerging connected culture shaping Michigan’s future.

How we respond and adapt to the challenge, and work thru such obstacles as talent shortages resulting from the need for tech talent in every industry – including automotive – will shape our leadership position for future generations.

This year’s MICHauto Summit was made possible by sponsorship from over 60 organizations including: UMTRI, MDOT, MEDC and more. The Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) was a media partner for the event.

Let’s look at some interesting facts that were shared by today’s speakers:

  • Michigan impacts the auto industry by having 23% of the assembly market with its 13 assembly plants, over 600 R&D Design Centers, and serving as the home for 61 of the top industry suppliers.
  • Michigan is leading Testing, Research and Design Services in the global vehicle market at a greater density than anywhere else in the world.
  • Talent is one of the new currencies. Starting with elementary STEM programs, boys and girls need to be made aware of the changes in the automotive industry and the great tech careers that they can have without ever leaving Michigan
  • In America, 12 – 17% of a family’s income is directed to transportation; in many other countries that figure rises to 40 – 60% of a family’s income
  • Looking at job growth on a statewide and national level, the demand is up substantially, but in Michigan the growth is explosive! (see the chart below)

MI auto job growth

MICHauto Summit participants included top executives from transportation, technology and government as well as students from across Michigan.

It was exciting to see the event’s focus on the future and the youth that will be shaping that future. TechStars Mobility’s Ted Serbinski did an excellent job of explaining TechStars’ initiatives in Detroit, including the organization’s purchase of a house in the city where participating company teams actually live together during their time at TechStars while they build their firms.

Panel sessions and speakers covered a wide array of topics along with a wrap message from Governor Snyder. The underlying message – “The future is not a destination but a journey, and in Michigan we have the opportunity to make it great!”

See the MICHauto link to learn more: http://dld.bz/dVq24

Stay tuned to MTAM blogs, podcasts, emails and social media for more useful information and resources!

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This MICHauto event re-cap was submitted by MTAM member and Ambassador, Mike Blicher of MCBNetwrx and Autotalks who was one of the MTAM representatives attending today’s MICHauto Summit 2015. Mike is also a member of MTAM’s statewide ‘Mobile in Transportation’ Advisory Council.

A surprise to many in Michigan, and across the globe, is that the State of Michigan is becoming a ‘go to’ place for those engaged in providing or utilizing mobile/wireless technologies – in any industry. The state is experiencing tremendous increases in the utilization of these technologies across many industries, including: automotive and other transportation sectors, healthcare, entertainment, government, real estate, consumer products, energy, banking and much more! The increased focus on these technologies is resulting in even more surprising numbers of jobs being created. See many of the stories about Michigan’s engagement with these technologies HERE.

Jobs graphicA recent study in which the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan (MTAM) collaborated with the state’s economic development organization to determine the economic impact of mobile/wireless technologies on the State, indicates the following:

  • Every mobile/wireless tech-related position created in the State of Michigan also creates 6.54 additional jobs in the state.
  • In comparison, according to the same study, a job created in the automobile manufacturing industry creates 5.92 additional jobs for the state.
  • The average compensation for a mobile/wireless-related position in Michigan is over $89,000 annually, which is an increase of 48% from 2011 when the study was last completed.
  • If MTAM can help the state achieve the association’s target goal for Michigan mobile/wireless-related job creation of 9,250 new jobs by the end of 2020, then according to the results of this study, Michigan will also have benefitted from the creation of over 60,500 additional jobs in the state and over $3 Billion in new annual salaries / wages for Michigan residents.

As the state’s trade association for Michigan’s mobile/wireless technologies, MTAM is in a unique position to understand the impact of these technologies in industries across the state. As a result, the organization has made some observations:

  • The state is experiencing this growth due to the utilization of these technologies across many industries. This expansion of industries using mobile/wireless tech in new and exciting ways will continue.
  • For the first time, job creation in Michigan driven by the increased use of mobile/wireless tech has surpassed jobs being created by our historic ‘main’ industry (automotive manufacturing); this presents an opportunity for economic diversification that has not previously been available.
  • There is tremendous opportunity for success available to Michigan residents who choose to remain in the state to launch careers or start businesses involving these technologies.
  • Financial success in mobile/wireless tech-related careers or businesses DOES NOT require relocation to the Silicon Valley or anywhere else, in fact, a much higher standard-of-living can be achieved here in Michigan due to the significantly higher cost-of-living in the Silicon Valley and other perceived U.S. ‘tech hot beds’. As an example, Michigan’s average mobile/wireless-related compensation of $89,000 annually would require a Silicon Valley salary of over $158,000 to achieve the same standard-of-living.
  • There is a strong mobile/wireless tech community in Michigan made up of representatives from all sectors of the eco-system; opportunities for collaboration, education and business development are driven by MTAM and its Mobile Monday Michigan subsidiary chapters in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Lansing.

“Michigan has an opportunity to become the ‘go to state’ for mobile/wireless technologies, particularly with regard to their use in the enterprise and the education opportunities we can provide,” states MTAM Executive Director, Linda Daichendt.

“MTAM has a number of initiatives we’re working on to help position Michigan as that ‘go to state’, however, what Michigan needs most to make it happen is increased collaboration between us and education, government, business & industry, non-profits and all the programs/initiatives across the state related to these technologies,” Daichendt says. “We need to work together on strategies to increase training opportunities in Michigan in all industries and job areas where these technologies are being, or will be, utilized. We also need to extensively promote mobile/wireless as a career opportunity no matter what industry interests someone, increase awareness in Michigan businesses and industries about the productivity and profitability gains to be achieved with the use of these technologies, and promote nationally and globally the mobile/wireless tech innovation taking place here.”

To learn more about mobile/wireless-related work being done in Michigan and the opportunities that provides for the state’s businesses and residents, we encourage you to review the PowerPoint below, visit our website at http://GoMobileMichigan.org/MobileInMichigan, or contact us at info@GoMobileMichigan.org to be involved in making Michigan the ‘go to state’ for mobile/wireless tech or with any questions you may have. We at MTAM would love to help you take advantage of the mobile/wireless tech opportunity!

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About the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan

MTAM is a non-profit trade association for Michigan’s mobile/wireless technologies, the firm’s who provide them, and the firm’s – in all industries – who use them. The organization’s mission is to facilitate conversation/collaboration between varied sectors of the mobile/wireless eco-system and serve as the bridge to enable diverse organizations to understand each other’s perspectives and needs in order to drive new innovation and opportunities involving these technologies; to increase the use of Michigan-based mobile/wireless technology products and services in-state, nationally and globally; to increase the productivity and profitability of every industry vertical in Michigan via the use of these technologies; to create sustainable jobs and increased entrepreneurial opportunities in the state based on the use of these technologies, thereby achieving substantial growth of Michigan’s economy; and to help the communities we serve via the use of these technologies. Information about MTAM can be found at GoMobileMichigan.org.