YPSILANTI – The American Center for Mobility broke ground at its Willow Run site on an event center that will accommodate up to 500 people and several vehicles inside the 8,000 square-foot space.

The event center 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,” said Mark Chaput, Interim CEO at the American Center for Mobility.

“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 & showcase 

•      Ride & drive experiences

•      Product launch training & demonstrations

•      Education, training and professional development seminars

•      Corporate events & symposiums

•      Conferences including space for workshops and breakout sessions

•      STEM activities and competitions

American Center for Mobility 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. Located in Southeast Michigan on over 500-acres at the historic Willow Run site, the ACM offers a smart city test center providing a safe platform for the integration and testing of emerging vehicle and mobility technologies, a technology park for the co-location of mobility companies and an event center for showcasing connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and convening industry activities.

For more information, visit acmwillowrun.org.