Governor Engler Participates in GM Tech Center Progress Ceremony

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Governor John Engler today participated in a ceremony celebrating the $1 billion construction and renovation project at General Motors' nearly 50-year-old campus in Warren. The modernization of the facility is the result of a collaborative effort between General Motors, the City of Warren, the State of Michigan, and local legislators.

Construction of the new Warren Tech Center project began in 1998, and is estimated to take another three years to complete. It is part of a $1.5 billion southeast Michigan plan that includes the consolidation of people from many locations into six strategic campuses: Warren Technical Center, Milford Proving Ground, Pontiac North, TPC at Center Point in Pontiac, Renaissance Center in Detroit, and the Great Lakes Technology Center in Flint.

The project was funded in part by job training grants awarded through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Over $2 million in grants will be disbursed over a four-year period for the purpose of

cross-training and retaining skilled employees. "These grants ensure that Michigan employers have the highly trained technical workers they need to compete in the global economy," said Governor Engler.

The Governor went on to commend GM for its continued commitment to Michigan's economic development, and acknowledged GM workers for their skill, dedication, and hard work.