Vice President Biden leads list of public figures planning to attend NAIAS 2014 in Detroit this week as the Obama Administration is looking to boost its sagging ratings. Taxpayers will subsidize trips by U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez, Department of Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy and Deputy Administrator David Friedman, among others.
Most of these political appointees will no doubt stick to talking points about the successful auto bailouts that saved the U.S. auto industry, as well as increased safety, emissions and fuel economy regulations.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Ohio Governor John Kasich and Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, all from auto dependent states will also visit what used to be known as the Detroit Auto until it became international in 1989.
Since then numerous U.S. Congressional representatives, a Japanese emperor, a Russian Ambassador, several White House Cabinet members, and one United States President, Bill Clinton in 1999, dropped by.
This year, NAIAS celebrates its 25th anniversary as an international event. Countless government figures will attend during Press Preview and Industry Preview, next week before the public show opens on Saturday.
“The news and information that is generated and released at this show is relevant to the economy here in the U.S., and around the world,” says NAIAS 2014 Chairman Bob Shuman.
In addition to the politicians listed, several members of the United States Congress, along with representatives from the nations of Canada, China, Italy, Japan, and Mexico will attend.
This year, the show will be the setting for Michigan’s Senate Economic Development, and House Commerce committees on January 15. Industry testimony will educate lawmakers on Michigan’s role in the global automotive industry and what Michigan can do to attract automotive investment. Experts including Michigan’s senior automotive adviser Nigel Francis, MICHauto’s Rob Luce, Nissan’s Carlo Bailo, Magna International’s Scott Paradise and others will testify before the committees on key issues affecting Michigan’s automotive industry.