A moving story for Michigan

By Bill Shea

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration this fall will launch its comprehensive logistics strategy aimed at turning Michigan into a global logistical hub that it says could bring up to 75,000 direct jobs to the state. At its core, the initiative is a promotional effort to pitch the state's advantages -- such as transportation assets, locations, incentives and workforce -- to companies globally, thereby increasing trade and investment in Michigan. "There's tremendous opportunity to better market the region as a transportation, logistics and distribution hub. We have many of the infrastructure pieces in place," said John Taylor, an associate professor of supply chain management and director of supply chain programs at Wayne State University. "We need to market the aerotropolis instead of talking about it. It's there, it exists. It's already a major hub."
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