DETROIT — In the words of Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' $4.5 billion investment in five Detroit-area manufacturing operations amounts to "the biggest automotive assembly plant deal in the United States in a decade."
As far as business development projects go, it was also one of the most complex. Michigan economic developers not only had to woo FCA with state tax incentives, but Detroit also had to assemble 215 acres of private and publicly owned land for the multisite plan — and do so in less than 90 days for the fast-moving deal.
All told, FCA will receive at least $319 million in various incentives, including tax breaks, land use, cash grants, access to loans and state assistance with employee recruitment and job training.
Here's how the project came together.