The following is a press statement from Mike Nystrom, vice president of government and public relations for the Michigan Infrastructure and Transportation Association, on Volkswagen's decision to locate in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Click here to download a pdf of two news articles related to this announcement that reference public infrastructure and roads.
“We are disappointed to hear about Volkswagen’s decision today not to locate in Michigan. It is disheartening to see our state once again lose out on jobs and economic development because of our inadequate infrastructure.”
“State policymakers have stood by and done nothing while the state’s road funding system has collapsed and our infrastructure crumbles. Time and time again, economic studies have concluded that infrastructure investment is critical to economic development. The Volkswagen announcement today is just one more example of how Michigan is losing jobs because of inaction from our elected leaders.”
“Today’s announcement should serve as a wake-up call to state policymakers. It’s time to act.”