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Peters, Johnson, leaders and stakeholders to convene roundtable discussion at the Detroit Regional Chamber

jehjohnsonofficialportraitDetroit, MI – U.S. Representative Gary Peters and United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson will convene a roundtable discussion to discuss prioritization of Northern Border infrastructure in Michigan this Friday morning, May 2, 2014, at the Detroit Regional Chamber. Press availability will follow. Secretary Johnson’s visit to Michigan comes at the request of Rep. Peters who has lead the effort to secure funding for customs plazas at critical trade crossings in the state of Michigan to create jobs and increase trade in the region.

Peters introduced a measure to prioritize funding to construct Federal Customs Plazas at critical trade crossings like the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) at the U.S. – Canada border in February. Peters’ legislation has been endorsed by various business organizations and leaders across Michigan. The NITC has also received support from members of the Michigan Congressional Delegation as well as Michigan Governor Rick Snyder and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan. Peters is proud to welcome Secretary Johnson to Michigan and eager to engage in a productive discussion with the head of the Department of Homeland Security which has jurisdiction over the funding and construction of customs plazas.


U.S. Representative Gary Peters

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske

Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah

Kirk Steudle, Director – Michigan Department of Transportation

Senator Carl Levin

Senator Debbie Stabenow

Representative John Dingell

Representative John Conyers

Don Graves – Executive Director of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

Deputy Mayor Isaiah McKinnon

State Representative Thomas Stallworth

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones

Detroit City Council Member Saunteel Jenkins

SEMCOG Deputy Executive Director Carmine Palombo

Consul General Douglas George, Consulate General of Canada in Detroit

Associate Deputy Minister Helena Borges, Transport Canada

Scott Paradise, Magna Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development

Bill Storves, Ford North America Manager of Supply Chain Management, Material Planning and Logistics

Michigan Farm Bureau – Government Relations staff member.

Chuck Hadden, President – Michigan Manufacturers Association

Mark High, President – Canada U.S. Business Association

Zane Walker, President – Michigan Building and Construction Trades Council

Mike Jackson, Executive Secretary-Treasurer – Michigan Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights

U.S. Representative Gary Peters and DHS Secretary Johnson will host a press conference with Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah to discuss the importance of the Northern Border and the need to prioritize funding for customs plazas at trade crossings in Michigan.


Friday, May 2, 2014

Remarks and press availability 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Members of the media who plan to attend the media availability must arrive between 10:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. Members of the media should check-in at the security desk in the first floor lobby, before proceeding to the high-rise elevators to Suite 1900. The press event will be held in room Fleetwood A. Recommended parking is at the Ford Underground Garage at 30 E. Jefferson Ave.


Detroit Regional Chamber

1 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

RSVP: tatiana.winograd@mail.house.gov


In February, Peters introduced the Customs Plaza Construction Act of 2014 , to construct Federal Customs Plazas at critical trade crossings like the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) at the U.S. – Canada border and Port Huron. Peters’ legislation prioritizes funding for trade crossings with the highest trade volume by value of shipments, including exports and imports. The Detroit – Windsor crossing and Port Huron crossing rank number two and four, respectively, in trade volume for land ports of entry in the United States. Peters’ measure seeks to fund these critical customs plazas on the northern border to increase trade, create jobs and grow the economy in the state of Michigan. Funding for both the Detroit and Port Huron border crossings would be prioritized with passage of Rep. Peters’ measure.

The proposed NITC calls for a six-lane bridge spanning the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, enhancing a vital trade corridor by linking I-75 and I-94 in Michigan to Highway 401 in Ontario. The Government of Canada has agreed to fund construction and land acquisition of the $2.1 billion project, per an agreement with the State of Michigan to be repaid by tolls. This project will play a critical role in creating jobs throughout the Midwest and increasing U.S. exports.

The Peters’ measure to fund the critical infrastructure project has received support from Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Farm Bureau, the Michigan Manufacturers Association and Business Leaders for Michigan. Since introduction, the Peters’ measure has been cosponsored by Michigan Reps. John Dingell, John Conyers, Dan Kildee and Sander Levin. The bill was also endorsed in letters of support by Grand Rapids Mayor George K. Heartwell and the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments(SEMCOG).

Peters is Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Canada and a member of the House Financial Services Committee. He has made it a top priority to facilitate greater trade and tourism between the United States and Canada. Recognizing Canada as our number one trade and tourism partner, Peters has advanced several initiatives to strengthen relations between the greater Detroit region and Windsor and support hundreds of thousands of jobs.

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