Ford announces project to invest $10M in Detroit neighborhoods
By myFOXDetroit.com Staff
(Credit: WJBK|myFOXDetroit.com) Ford COO presents check to Detroit project
DETROIT, Mich. (WJBK) -
Ford is making a big investment to help bring jobs and development to southwest Detroit.
The automaker on Tuesday presented a check for $10 million to Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and several nonprofit groups. The money will help fund a community center in the Mexicantown neighborhood that will offer training, a business incubator along with a food bank.
Ford will also pay for a summer camp, jobs programs and other community projects.
The company will also adopt a recreation center in the neighborhood and add programs for children including arts, gymnastics, karate and swimming.
Ford Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields says Detroit's health is important to the company even though it's based in suburban Dearborn. He says a healthy city is an important draw to attract talented people.
Ford also donated two heavy-duty truck cabs and chassis to the city of Detroit for use as ambulances.
Mayor Dave Bing said the city hasn't had the money for new vehicles or to maintain its existing ambulance fleet. He pledged improvements that will make Detroit's ambulance response time competitive with other major urban areas in the country.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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