The American Center for Mobility (ACM) in Ypsilanti Township has started work on a new 8,000-square-foot event center at its Willow Run site with a targeted goal of June 2020 for completion.
The center will accommodate up to 500 people and several vehicles, and will be co-located within the ACM’s smart city test center, providing space for automotive, mobility, and technology companies to integrate their meetings and conferences with the ability to demonstrate and showcase vehicle and mobility solutions in safe and configurable environments.
“With an increase in demand from the mobility industry to hold meetings and technology demonstration events at ACM, we knew it was time to break ground and encourage the kind of economic development that we anticipated in the conceptual phases of planning the ACM,” says Mark Chaput, interim CEO at the ACM.
“The ACM event center will continue to generate incremental jobs as the automotive industry continues to ramp up their research and testing efforts of new mobility technologies. This is great news for the local area, as more activity at the ACM will also lead to an increase in local support services such as catering, promotions, hotel accommodations and transportation.”
The ACM event center will accommodate any professional event with full AV capabilities, configurable spaces, and a catering prep kitchen. Targeted toward the automotive and mobility industry, the facility can host a variety of events including:
- Product exhibit and showcase
- Ride and drive experiences
- Product launch training and demonstrations
- Education, training and professional development seminars
- Corporate events and symposiums
- Conferences including space for workshops and breakout sessions
- STEM activities and competitions
ACM is a collaborative effort comprised of government, industry, and academic organizations focused on accelerating the mobility industry through research, testing, standards development, and educational programming.