The Obama administration has announced that 13 southeastern Michigan counties will receive money under a $1.3 billion program aimed at boosting manufacturing,
Eleven other groups in other states will also get a slice of the money, MLive reported, citing a White House news release.
The Manufacturing Communities Partnership, launched in September, brings federal agencies together with local officials to develop strategies "that strengthen their competitive edge in attracting global manufacturers and their supply chains," the administration said.
The consortium of 13 counties, organized under the name “Advance Michigan,” include Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Livingston, Washtenaw, Genesee, Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Lapeer, Monroe, St. Clair and Shiawassee.
Nigel Francis, senior vice president of the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Automotive industry Office, said in a statement that the grant is “validation of not only Michigan’s manufacturing prowess, but also the strength of collaboration.”
The Wayne County Economic Development Growth Engine, or EDGE, led the “Advance Michigan” plan, which emphasizes the automotive industry. Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said in a statement that the region’s selection for the grant is “exactly what our state needs to keep our economic growth strong and our workforce ready."