Local Chamber of Commerce supports new Detroit bridge

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:00 AM

“With an estimated $1.2 billion in trade crossing the U.S./Canada border daily, a border crossing that is well-functioning is essential to Michigan’s companies as a whole, and locally to business along the Lakeshore in the manufacturing and agricultural sectors,” said Joy Gaasch, president of the local Chamber of Commerce.

“The message that Michigan is ‘open for business’ and is proactively planning for a bright future with a new international trade crossing will strengthen Michigan’s $44 billion a year trade relationship with Canada by providing additional capacity to move goods.”

The Grand Haven-area Chamber joins the Holland, Muskegon and Grand Rapids area chambers of commerce in supporting the NITC.

The proposed crossing is a public/private partnership with Canada that opens the door to more global exports from Michigan, while creating no new debt for the state and no new taxes for Michigan taxpayers, according to Gaasch. It would be a new connection between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario.

Gov. Rick Snyder has secured an agreement with the federal government that allows Michigan to count $550 million that Canada has offered to contribute to the project toward Michigan’s federal match for road funds. This will leverage as much as $2.2 billion in federal highway funds for Michigan to be used for statewide road repairs and infrastructure improvements, Gaasch said.

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