To combat the steady erosion of auto industry jobs in the Detroit/Great Lakes region, four states and Ontario have begun a long-term research program.
Sean McAlinden, director of the Economics and Business Group at the Center for Automotive Research in Ann Arbor, Mich., is directing the effort with a grant from the nonprofit Mott Foundation of Flint, Mich. This summer, McAlinden published the first results of the research - a database his team calls the "Book of Deals."
The data examine the location decisions of 125 auto industry plants since 1993, and analyze the state and local incentive packages that have swung those decisions away from the Great Lakes region to the South.
McAlinden spoke with Staff Reporter Lindsay Chappell.