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City asked to help pay for GM retention efforts

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Gazette staff
August 9, 2008
— The Janesville City Council at its Monday meeting will be asked to chip to pay for efforts to keep General Motors here.

GM has announced it will close the Janesville plant by the end of 2010 at the latest.


The council in June asked GM via resolution to reconsider its decision to quit production of sports utility vehicles here.


Since that time, a partnership of state, city, Alliant Energy, Rock County and the United Auto Workers representatives formed to prepare a proposal for continued production at Janesville’s GM facility.


The partnership has hired the Center for Automobile Research and a consultant to help them prepare the proposal.


Doug Venable, city director of economic development, has asked that the council adopt a motion authorizing the city manger to spend money to support the effort. The amount of money is not specified.


The council meets at 7 p.m. Monday in City Hall. An informal listening session with council members will begin at 6 p.m.



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