Snyder administration wants 1,000 new jobs in Flint

Posted at 1:11 PM, Mar 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-12 13:11:39-05

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration has a goal of creating 1,000 new jobs in Flint as a way of helping recover from the ongoing crisis sparked by lead in the city’s water.

The Detroit News reports officials in Snyder’s administration discussed the jobs goal Friday in a meeting of the governor’s Flint Water Interagency Task Force.

Rich Baird, the governor’s transformation manager, says the state is negotiating with two “major auto suppliers” about bringing jobs to the city. He told committee members that a non-disclosure agreement meant that he couldn’t name the companies.

Baird also says his team and Michigan Works! are working to identify 500 “workforce development jobs” designed to provide good-paying positions and remove obstacles in employment, such as not having access to transportation or child care.