Past Event


Stateside Chat: Michigan Making Moves

The Future of Mobility, From the Midwest to Beyond


Online Only Event
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM EDT

Please join the Center for American Progress for a virtual event on the future of mobility. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) will join CAP President and CEO Patrick Gaspard for a conversation about Michigan’s progress in developing pro-business, pro-worker, and pro-climate mobility initiatives. White House National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy will deliver remarks on President Joe Biden’s plan to reduce emissions, and a panel of experts and advocates will discuss the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead in decarbonizing transportation.

Mobility bridges the gap between economic opportunity and the environment. It creates well-paying jobs, lowers costs for families, and tackles climate change. In just three years, Michigan has created more than 21,600 well-paying auto jobs, and auto companies and suppliers have invested millions of dollars into the state as part of an industrywide pivot to vehicle electrification.

Gov. Whitmer has demonstrated unique progress in supporting mobility initiatives, through public-private partnerships with automakers to support domestic manufacturing, a bipartisan build-out of an electric vehicle charging network across the Midwest, collaborative efforts to decarbonize the economy through the Michigan Healthy Climate Plan, and partnerships with legislators from across the aisle to advance Michigan’s mobility leadership.

For more information about how state governments can leverage federal investments, as well as the opportunities and challenges of implementing the bipartisan infrastructure law, check out CAP’s recent report “How States Can Use the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law To Enhance Their Climate Action Efforts.”

We would love to hear your questions. Please submit any questions for our distinguished panel via email at CAPeventquestions@americanprogress.org or on Twitter using #StatesideChat. Live captioning will be available on Zoom and on the YouTube livestream.

Keynote remarks:
Gina McCarthy, White House National Climate Adviser

In conversation:
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-MI)
Patrick Gaspard, President and CEO, Center for American Progress

Panelists:
Cindy Estrada, Vice President, United Auto Workers
Carolina Martinez, Climate Justice Director, Environmental Health Coalition
Terry Travis, Managing Partner, EVNoire

Moderator:
Sam Ricketts, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress