Governor opens Jobs Fund meeting

Jan 20, 2006

Governor Jennifer Granholm was on hand to welcome participants to a workshop about the $400 million 21st Century Jobs Fund.

Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was as much cheerleader as leader when she spent about 30 minutes on campus recently offering encouraging words on the economy and jobs in Michigan.

Her whirlwind trip to Flint was in support of the 21st Century Jobs Fund workshop that was hosted at Kettering on Jan. 18. Michigan Economic Development Corporation officials were on campus to explain how researchers, product developers and those interested in business startups can apply for $400 million now available to support the life sciences, alternative energy, advanced manufacturing and homeland security.

A standing-room-only crowd gathered in Room A of the Campus Center to greet the governor and learn more about the Jobs Fund grant process. Attending the session were a mixture of local and state business representatives and a number of Kettering faculty and staff.

"If you are interested in applying for this money... in creating all kinds of jobs, all kinds of potential for Michigan -- then come forward," Gov. Granholm said. "We want to be incredibly successful here in Michigan." The 21st Century Jobs Fund is part of Gov. Jennifer Granholm's "Jobs Today, Jobs Tomorrow" plan to encourage job growth by helping to invest in new business and new technology development in the state.


Written by Pat Mroczek
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