Michigan Travel, Recreation & Education Facts

  • Michigan had the world’s first concrete road built in 1901 at Detroit.
  • Traditionally, Michigan ranks first in the nation in the number of registered watercraft.
  • The state highway system has over 1,900 miles of paved shoulders (greater than four feet wide) suitable for bicycling and over 100 miles of separate paths.
  • Michigan was first in the nation in developing roadside parks and picnic tables.
  • Michigan has more than 120,000 miles of public roads and streets as of 2002. This is a distance of well over four times around the earth at the equator.
  • The Mackinac Bridge is one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world.
  • The nation’s first wildlife sanctuary is at Wintergreen Lake and was established by W. K. Kellogg.
  • Iron Mountain boasts the world’s highest man-made ski jump.
  • Michigan established the first state university and also the first agricultural (land grant) college in the world.
  • Michigan was the first state to legalize tax support for high schools.
  • Michigan had the first separate state education department and the first state superintendent of public education.


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Zurich, endorsed by MADA

Dealerships have many needs to compete in today’s changing marketplace. They need help to protect their assets from risk of loss to their business. They also face challenges to generate income, comply with federal and state regulations and satisfy and retain customers.

Zurich offers many programs for dealerships, including F&I systems, products and training.  Zurich is a ‘direct writer’ of GAP /T&W /VSC /Coatings and vehicle marketing products. Menu/iPad (GenY) F&I selling systems. In-store, off-site and online training & validation for processes, effectiveness, compliance and retention.  Multiple reinsurance options.

Learn more here.

Northwood University will soon host its annual Northwood University International Auto Show in Midland, Michigan. This 100% student run event offers students a unique opportunity to get hands on learning in the industry we all love.

The event is supported by donations from alumni, private donations, and companies like you. This year, the students of Northwood University ask you to consider supporting Project Dealer 100. The goal is to raise $100,000 through donations of $100 from 1000 dealers.

For more information about the show and how to donate to Project Dealer 100, please check out this video: https://youtu.be/xU1DcgLX1wQ .


Northwood University International Auto Show
October 6-8, 2017
Northwood University Campus

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MADA offers assistance with your renewal

MADA reminds dealers that we offer personalized services to assist with your dealer license renewal. We will review your renewal application, contact you directly if changes are required then hand deliver all paperwork to the state.  This helps avoid potential delays at the state if any information is missing or incorrect. Additional details are available here.  If you have questions please call Jean Quinn at (800) 292-1923.

Dealers with a current multi-year license will not receive a renewal application from the state. Unsure of your renewal year?  Check here.