LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor) today lauded the Michigan Strategic Fund’s decision to authorize financial incentives for Amazon.com after they began construction of a new state-of-the-art fulfillment center — which is slated to create 1,600 good-paying jobs — in Romulus.

“A small investment now will lead to greater investments in the future, which helps our state prosper in the long run,” Sen. Hopgood said. “We are in a unique situation to reposition ourselves as a high-tech corridor of innovation and these financial investments will help our community achieve progress in that direction.”

The Michigan Strategic Fund has granted Amazon.com a $5 million Michigan Business Development Program performance-based grant to support the company’s ongoing $140 million investment in Romulus.

“Responsible business leaders who put the health of their workers and the environment in line with their profits should be supported,” Sen. Hopgood said. “I’m grateful that the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Michigan Strategic Fund realize the value in investing in long-term economic and job growth in our state.”

Amazon.com picked the location in Romulus after considering other locations in Ohio and Indiana. The Michigan Strategic Fund attracts new investments by offering grants to incentivize prospective businesses to locate their operations in Michigan over neighboring states.

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