LANSING — State Representative David Rutledge (D-Ypsilanti) was pleased to hear Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposal for the American Center for Mobility, a facility dedicated to connected and automated vehicle (CAV) research and development, during his State of the State address. The former Willow Run powertrain plant in Ypsilanti Township would serve as the location for the center, which will support government, industry and academia.

“Our state has been the world leader in automotive technology for more than a century, and I’m thrilled to hear the governor commit to bringing a new facility to our community that will keep Michigan in the lead for years to come,” Rutledge said.

CAV technology, including connected infrastructure, is expected to be at the forefront of automotive research and seeks to revolutionize the transportation of people and goods over the next decade. Last week, the federal government announced a $4 billion earmark for the 2017 budget for CAV research.

“This is exactly the kind of investment Michigan and Washtenaw County needs — luring innovation and technology that will create jobs,” Rutledge said. “I look forward to working with Gov. Snyder and Michigan’s congressional delegation to secure the funding necessary to bring this cutting-edge facility where it belongs.”