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Stateside Podcast: GM's $7 billion investment

Image of GM CEO, Mary Barra, standing behind a podium announcing GM's $7 billion investment.
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General Motors Chair and CEO Mary Barra announces Tuesday, January 25, 2022 a GM investment of more than $7 billion in four Michigan manufacturing sites that includes building a new Ultium Cells battery cell plant in Lansing and converting the GM Orion Assembly plant to build full-size electric pickups. The investment will create 4,000 new jobs and retain 1,000. Barra made the announcement from the Senate Hearing Room of the Boji Tower in Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors)

General Motors announced that they will invest $7 billion to build electric vehicles and batteries in Michigan. It’s a big deal in part because it means 4,000 new jobs for the state.

But this announcement is turning a few heads because General Motors is getting a $820 million state incentive to build in Michigan. Today on the podcast, we're looking at why Michigan is incentivizing these kinds of lower paid manufacturing jobs and not higher paid tech jobs — the kinds of the jobs that could really propel our economy.

Read Chad Livengood's original article here.

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Chad Livengood, Senior Editor at Crain’s Detroit Business

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Rachel Ishikawa joined Michigan Radio in 2020 as a podcast producer. She produced Kids These Days, a limited-run series that launched in the Summer of 2020.