Janet Miller, the Nashville Area Chamber's economic development chief, spent some time late last month at a regional economic development conference in Charlotte. In a blog post on the chamber's website, she outlines some high-level thoughts on what is getting the job done in ECD circles these days. Key to just about everything: Be aggressive.
HT: Matt Largen
United Auto Workers executives on Tuesday unveiled some details about the tentative agreement they signed last week with General Motors. Among them are plans to bring the production of two mid-sized vehicles originally destined to go to Mexico. Combined, they will bring with them 1,700 jobs and about $420 million in investment.
SEE ALSO: More details from the Detroit News
A number of sources are reporting that the new four-year labor deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers includes a clause to bring back to life the assembly line at the company's Spring Hill plant. (Here are stories from The New York Times, the Detroit Free Press and Reuters.) It's been almost two years since GM shifted work on the Chevrolet Traverse to Michigan, putting 2,000 local workers out of work.
The news comes after state ECD officials traveled to Detroit to pitch GM's brass on the importance of bringing Spring Hill's assembly operations back on line. It's not clear how soon the assembly line might restart — recall that GM's top manufacturing exec only last month said consumer demand isn't yet high enough to justify adding production capacity — but word is it will be for a new vehicle.
SEE ALSO: The UAW's official statement