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State Board Approves Five Million Dollar Grant For Amazon

Scott Lewis

The online giant Amazonis getting millions of dollars from Michigan to build a new performance center. 

Amazon is getting a $5 million performance-based grant.  That’s coming from the quasi-public Michigan Strategic Fund board – they give out grants for job creation and economic development projects.  The development is in line with Governor Snyder’s goals to make Michigan a logistics hub.  

Ryan Wilson is a manager of economic development for Amazon.

“We’re just excited to be here and we want people to know that this will be majority full-time employees. These aren’t part-timers. They have the exact same benefits that anyone in our corporate office does.”

Wilson says it’s not quite a done deal yet – they still need to negotiate and sign a lease before they can break ground. 

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org

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