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Detroiters getting first dibs at 6,500 new Fiat Chrysler jobs

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Posted at 12:06 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 12:10:46-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroiters are expected to get first dibs on forthcoming jobs following Fiat Chrysler Automobiles' investment in its local plants.

The auto company has pledged to hire residents, according to the City of Detroit. It plans to invest $2.5 billion in its Jefferson North and Mack Avenue assembly plants, as well as $13.8 million in community improvements, education and workforce training.

"These commitments that make jobs available first to Detroiters and (gives them) access to the workforce programs so they can take those jobs is probably one of the more important parts of this unprecedented package of benefits," said Arthur Jemison, chief of services and infrastructure for Mayor Mike Duggan.

This week, a citizens advisory council approved a community benefits agreement with FCA that commits more than $35 million in investments to the neighborhoods surrounding the two Fiat Chrysler plants, with the city of Detroit contributing $17.4 million and $4 million coming from federal and state sources.