Voices of WEMU
Wed July 12, 2006
Google Comes to Ann Arbor
By Andrew Cluley
Ann Arbor, MI – Ann Arbor's Mayor says Governor Jennifer Granholm has hit a home run in bringing internet search engine Google to the area.
Google and state officials announced Tuesday plans to bring one-thousand jobs to the Ann Arbor area over the next five years.
Mayor John Hieftje says it's quality of life issues that bring these types of investments, so it's important for the state to make sure that budget cuts don't continue to erode the quality of life in Michigan cities.
Hieftje says Google's coming to the city will help the surrounding area, not just Ann Arbor. He says considering the positive economic impact of one-thousand quality jobs, the tax credits offered by the state are relatively small.