The March 15, 2024, Michigan Alliance for Greater Mobility Advancement (MAGMA) Advisory Council meeting showcased news and information regarding the recent designation of the Michigan Defense Resiliency Consortium (MDRC) under the Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program.

MDRC is a collaborative group of organizations dedicated to establishing the groundwork for energy storage and battery manufacturing critical for the Department of Defense’s (DoD) rapid transition to Electric Vehicles (EVs), renewable energy sources, and beyond. Led by the Economic Growth Institute at the University of Michigan, consortium members are addressing critical defense needs in energy storage and battery manufacturing. The consortium will support the state’s small manufacturers and their communities, advancing manufacturing and strengthening national security.

With a $4.9 million grant from the DoD, supplemented by local support totaling $6.3 million, MDRC aims to position Michigan at the forefront of technology, talent, and manufacturing innovation. By leveraging resources from both the public and private sectors, MDRC envisions Michigan leading the way in advancing renewable energy technology to support the DoD’s sustainability goals.

The March 2024 MAGMA Advisory Council presenters included:

The session was moderated by Sarah Tennant, Senior Sector Development Director & Cyber Advisor of Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

To view the presentation slides click here. 

The Four Pillars Powering Michigan’s Electric Future for the DoD include:

  1. Leverage Michigan Assets- Identifying & mapping battery and energy storage resources in Michigan

  2. Technology Acceleration- Providing technical assistance and R&D for innovative technology

  3. Company Assistance- Offering $75K in cost-share assistance for technical assistance projects

  4. Workforce Development- Creating an EV hiring guide, community equity plan, & battery standards certifications

The fourth pillar in the MDRC project is focused on workforce development and engages two partners, MxD Learn and SAE International. MxD is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Hiring Guide that outlines the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to be successful in roles in the EV supply chain—with a section focused on roles in energy storage and battery supply chains.

MxD will also develop a Community Equity Plan to highlight pathways for underserved communities in Michigan to leverage the investment from the DMCSP program and participate in working and fulfilling skills in the EV sector. The Community Equity Plan will acknowledge the transition from Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) manufacturing to EV manufacturing and how current ICE workers can reskill to join the EV workforce. To ensure a well-trained and certified workforce, SAE is convening a set of industry experts to deliver a set of standards that guides suppliers in best practices for battery manufacturing and lifecycle maintenance. Implementation of the standards will be supported through a scalable curriculum available to academia, employers, and independent training providers. Lastly, SAEI will create a Workforce Certifications for roles in battery supply chain workforce.

MAGMA Advisory Council Meetings are held quarterly. Topics rotate per meeting and are initiated by the MAGMA Governing Board. Most meetings are recorded, while all presentations are posted on MiAutomobility.org website. For more information on MAGMA please email info@winintelligence.org.

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