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Gov. Whitmer announces transportation economic development grant that will support 419 new jobs in the city of Detroit

November 25, 2019 -- The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has awarded a state transportation economic development fund grant that will support 419 new jobs in the city of Detroit. The Transportation Economic Development Fund (TEDF) Category A grant totaling $832,929 will help leverage more than $79,500,000 in private investment, at a private/public investment ratio of more than 95-to-1.

Dakkota Integrated Solutions, LLC manages the complete assembly and sequencing of modules for the automotive industry. The company recently secured a contract from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) to supply components for FCA's new Jeep assembly plant on Mack Avenue in Detroit. While the company considered other properties in Michigan and Ohio, Dakkota preferred a closer location. However, there were concerns about accessibility of Dakkota's proposed development site on the site of the former Rose Elementary School and athletic fields of the former Kettering High School.

This TEDF Category A grant will help fund the City of Detroit's plans to:

  • Construct right-turn lanes for the employee and truck driveways off of M-53 (Van Dyke Avenue) between Conger Street to Hendrie Street;
  • Modify the left-turn lanes to increase lane storage by restriping the left-turn lanes on the bridge and replacing the current diagonal traffic signal with a box span with individual signals per lane; and
  • Realign the Townsend Street/Medbury Street intersection to provide adequate turning radii.

"I was proud to work with Dakkota Integrated Systems and our local partners to support the transportation components of this company's expansion," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. "When we make real investments in our infrastructure, we can attract more businesses and talent to our state and grow our economy. This has been a crucial step toward achieving that goal, but there is still work to do. We must invest more into our roads so everyone can drive to work safely and so companies have unimpeded access to markets."

"Dakkota Integrated Systems will announce in partnership with the City of Detroit, Michigan Economic Development Corp., Detroit Economic Growth Corp., and MDOT a new automotive parts manufacturing plant that will provide complete assembly and sequencing for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' next generation Jeep Grand Cherokee," said Ryan Klunzinger, Dakkota Integrated Systems project manager. "It is because of the hard work and funding of the various departments that made this opportunity happen. Dakkota appreciates MDOT's help in fixing road conditions to establish our employee entrances, exits, and truck routing. Through the various efforts, we can help our employees come to work safely and leave safely."

The overall cost of this project is $1,100,947, including $832,929 in TEDF Category A funding and $268,018 provided by the City of Detroit.

Enacted in 1987 and reauthorized in 1993, the TEDF helps finance highway, road and street projects that are critical to the movement of people and products, and getting workers to their jobs, materials to growers and manufacturers, and finished goods to consumers.

TEDF "Category A" or "Targeted Industries Program" grants provide state funding for public roadway improvements that allow road agencies to respond quickly to the transportation needs of expanding companies and eliminate inadequate roadways as an obstacle to private investment and job creation. Eligible road agencies include MDOT, county road commissions, cities and villages. More information about the program is available online at