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Re-Development Of Powertrain Plant Could Mean 7,800 New Jobs

May 29, 2014

Washtenaw County could soon get a major boost to its economy.

Credit ewashtenaw.org

The county has applied for a nearly one million dollar federal grant to convert the old GM Powertrain plant in Ypsilanti Township into a research & development facility for connected and automated vehicles.

County Administrator Verna McDaniel says if the grant is approved, it could lead to creation of 7,800 research and skilled trade jobs.

McDaniel says the county should know one way or the other in the next two to three weeks.