How the Gordie Howe International Bridge project plans to benefit Detroiters

Posted: 11:31 AM, Jun 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-14 17:44:43-04
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WINDSOR, Ont. (WXYZ) — A community benefits plan was announced Friday for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

Representatives from Windsor=Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA), State of Michigan and Government of Canada gathered to layout how the bridge development will benefit communities on both sides of the border.

The Community Benefits Plan is comprised of two components: the Workforce Development and Participation Strategy and the Neighborhood Infrastructure Strategy.

According to a press release, the Workforce Development plan "is geared toward engaging businesses and providing employment opportunities including workforce development, training and pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeships."

“The Gordie Howe International Bridge is yet another historic example of what we can accomplish when we work together to find a solution that benefits everyone," said Gov. Whitmer. "We all know that the communities on each side of the border will be a strong anchor point for this project, which is why this announcement today to invest in these areas is so critical. This is a real opportunity to create thousands and thousands of jobs and strengthen our economic ties with our neighbors to drive growth in the surrounding communities for generations to come.”

More than 80 workforce initiatives are focusing on opportunities for Detroit and Windsor residents.

A few plan highlights include:

  • The implementation of a Regional Small Business Purchase Protocol to foster growth of small companies in the region
  • Partnerships with local workforce development agencies to encourage applications from local applicants for jobs, training and skill development opportunities
  • Support to pre-apprenticeship/apprenticeship programs and opportunities for Indigenous women, students and youth.

The Neighborhood Infrastructure Strategy "is a $20 million (CDN) direct community investment on both sides of the border developed by public feedback and input."

Highlights for this plan include:

  • Approximately $8.1 million for aesthetics and landscaping.
  • Approximately $3.5 million for community safety and connections.
  • Approximately $2.2 million for community partnerships.
  • Approximately $1.1 million for economic benefits.

Click here for details on the Gordie Howe International Bridge Community Benefits Plan.