Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority Forming Local Community Group

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The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority is building on its community benefits plan for the Gordie Howe International Bridge project.

The authority is looking for volunteers for its Local Community Group which will be tasked with providing input on the many community initiatives planned for the project.

Director of Communications Mark Butler says it is looking for 16 stakeholders from both sides of the border to act of informal partners in the process and there has already been some serious interest. 

"Especially people living in the host communities in southwest Detroit and Sandwich," he says. "Certainly, after we introduced the community benefits plan, it's been received with significant approval. So we anticipate that there will be a fair amount of interest in applying for these volunteer positions"

He says the goal is to connect with the community on a deeper level saying it is an opportunity for citizens and key stakeholders to be engaged in the historic project.

Any interested volunteers have until September 4th to apply. 

The authority has set aside $20-million for its Community Benefits Plan which includes 29 initiatives in Windsor and Detroit.

The Gordie Howe Bridge is expected to be completed by 2025.