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Proposed bridge to Canada could be good news for I-69 corridor

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(11/27/12) - As Gov. Rick Snyder moves forward with a plan to build a second international crossing into Windsor from Detroit, he opens a trade office in Toronto this week. That move is being praised by some here in Genesee County.

The proposed new bridge could have a major impact on Mid-Michigan and the I-69 International Trade Corridor.

Leaders with the Genesee Regional Chamber of Commerce say companies located in Flint, Genesee County and all of Mid-Michigan really do a lot of business with companies in Detroit who work with components or raw materials that cross the border.

Moving forward with a second international crossing, they believe, is a good thing for the state. Vice President of Economic Development Janice Karcher said it's important Gov. Snyder reaches out to the Canadian Government and companies in Ontario because the chamber is seeing a strong connection between the I-69 corridor and Canada that could mean new business partnerships here.

"The proposed new international crossing in Detroit is important for many of businesses located in Genesee County, even though we rely on the boarder crossing in Port Huron significantly. Many of our local companies are in supply chains that use the Detroit border crossing as well, so it's an important component in improving the infrastructure for the region which will help support growth in the I-69 corridor," Karcher said.

And when it comes time to build the crossing, expect the community's labor force to also play a major role with construction.

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