General Motors Corp. late last month announced its selection of Orion Township for an assembly plant to build its future small-car model —  one bit of good news for local and Michigan state officials grappling with dwindling revenues and high unemployment made worse by the struggling auto industry.

Local and state authorities offered a package of $1 billion in tax incentives and training support to sway GM, which is emerging from bankruptcy, to pick the site over several others in Wisconsin and Tennessee. GM will invest $700 million in the facilities and about 1,400 jobs will be restored —  1,200 at the plant and 200 at a stamping plant in Pontiac —  as a result of the decision.

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