Governor Granholm Says Michigan's Green Economy Continues to Grow, Add Jobs
December 11, 2009
"The Volt symbolizes the new GM and the new Michigan," Granholm said. "Eight GM facilities in Michigan are involved in Volt production. GM has invested $700 million in those facilities, including its new Brownstown Township battery pack plant. Brownstown is one of several advanced battery manufacturing facilities that we worked hard to attract to Michigan, and it's estimated that battery production will create up to 40,000 jobs in the next 10 years."
"Also this week, I was proud to announce even more green jobs for Michigan," Granholm continued. "Five small Michigan manufacturing companies were awarded a total of $15.5 million in federal Recovery Act funds. These funds will help the companies diversify into advanced manufacturing of renewable energy products like wind turbines and solar panels. More than 700 jobs will be created or retained."
"This week's developments show that an economic strategy we devised five years ago is continuing to produce results," Granholm said. "In that time, Michigan has invested more than $1 billion to help nurture the growth of green manufacturing in our state, from advanced batteries and electric vehicles to solar panels and wind turbines."
"Our country needs an advanced manufacturing sector that produces everything we need for a clean energy economy," Granholm said. "We want Michigan to be a center for advanced manufacturing and the jobs that come with it, and this week's news about the Chevrolet Volt and five Michigan renewable energy companies shows that we are on the right track."
The governor's weekly radio address is released each Friday and may be heard on broadcast stations across the state. The address is available for download on the governor's Web site at www.michigan.gov/gov together with a clip of the quote above. The radio address also is available as a podcast on the Web site as well as on iTunes and via RSS feed for general distribution to personal MP3 players and home computers. Links to the audio files and text of today's address follow.
Radio Address - Green Economy