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Costly incentives secured Detroit a new auto plant. Will Detroiters get the jobs?

Laura Herberg Sep 18, 2019
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The Fist memorial, a sculpture by artist Robert Graham honoring heavyweight boxing champ, Joe Louis is seen near the General Motors world headquarters building, at Woodward and Jefferson Avenues March 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Costly incentives secured Detroit a new auto plant. Will Detroiters get the jobs?

Laura Herberg Sep 18, 2019
The Fist memorial, a sculpture by artist Robert Graham honoring heavyweight boxing champ, Joe Louis is seen near the General Motors world headquarters building, at Woodward and Jefferson Avenues March 30, 2009 in Detroit, Michigan. Bill Pugliano/Getty Images
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Detroit is getting its first new auto assembly plant in decades. The city and the state offered up incentives worth millions of dollars for Fiat Chrysler to build the plant. The automaker has promised nearly 5,000 new jobs, but there’s no quota for how many of those jobs have to go to Detroiters. In the hope of getting a good return on its investment, city officials have been trying to help locals land as many of the jobs as possible. They’ve offered math tutoring and informational sessions for residents where they have been warning applicants that they’ll be tested for marijuana use, even though it’s legal in the state of Michigan.

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