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Southeast Michigan In Obama Manufacturing Program

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration has named the first communities that will receive special attention to help them attract global manufacturers. Thirteen counties in southeastern Michigan are getting a slice of a $1.3 billion Obama administration project to boost American manufacturing

The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership began in September to encourage communities to develop long-term plans to pursue manufacturing-based growth opportunities.
It uses the resources of federal departments and agencies to support local economic development plans.

The Michigan counties are Clinton, Eaton, Genesee, Ingham, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, St. Clair, Shiawassee, Washtenaw and Wayne.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee of Flint says the program should help boost advanced manufacturing and workforce training in the region.

The White House says 22 percent of U.S.-made vehicles and 70 percent of U.S. auto research happens in the region.

The 12 communities announced Wednesday are: southwest Alabama, Southern California, northwest Georgia, the Chicago metro area, south Kansas, greater Portland, Maine, southeastern Michigan, the New York Finger Lakes region, southwestern Ohio aerospace region, the Tennessee Valley, the Washington Puget Sound region and the Milwaukee area.
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