Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to open Media Days at Washington Auto Show

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will open the 2018 Washington Auto Show’s Media Days at the International Motor Press (IMPA)/Washington Automotive Press Association (WAPA) breakfast on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. In addition to IMPA and WAPA’s support of the opening event on Media Day, the Media Day Breakfast is sponsored by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

“More than a century ago, Michigan put the world on wheels and we are continuing to lead the world in shaping the future of the auto industry,” said Gov. Snyder. “As the manufacturing industry converges with the IT sector in the evolution of autonomous vehicles and mobility, we are staying at the forefront. Nowhere else has the manufacturing strength, entrepreneurship growth and automotive R&D leadership that Michigan does. I look forward to sharing our incredible story at the Washington Auto Show in January.”

The Governor’s remarks are expected to include his vision of the auto industry’s future, Michigan’s role in automotive mobility, autonomous vehicles, and trade. Snyder’s varied background as a venture capitalist, business executive, and accountant and, for the past seven years, Governor of the ninth largest state in the country, gives him a unique perspective on the auto industry.

WANADA CEO and WAS President, John O’Donnell, said he is delighted to have Gov. Snyder as the kickoff speaker for WAS Media Days. “The Governor’s leadership in technology, autonomous driving and the entire auto industry makes him eminently well qualified to share his insights at such a critical time for vehicle development when there is more change than any we have seen since the industry began,” said O’Donnell.

The Washington Auto Show will take place from Jan. 26 to Feb. 4, 2018. It is a major auto show in the industry’s international show circuit and is the largest consumer show in DC. The 2018 WAS is preceded by two Industry/Media Days, Jan. 23 to 25, to include the MobilityTalks International Conference.

The WAS takes place in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center where more than 35 automakers will display over 650 vehicles. For more information visit www.washingtonautoshow.com.

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