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Google May Help Reverse Michigan's Brain Drain

State and local officials hope Google's announcement of plans to open new facility in Ann Arbor, MI, will attract more companies to the area.
July 13, 2006, 1pm PDT | Matt Baumann
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"At a news conference in Lansing, the company, based in Mountain View, Calif., said Tuesday morning that it would bring 1,000 jobs to Ann Arbor by creating a headquarters facility for Google AdWords, its main advertising unit, which offers pay-per-click ads.

Google's announcement provides a breath of hope for Michigan, which has been plagued by a dismal economy and job market that has prompted young people to flee the state for areas with better prospects, a phenomenon often called the brain drain.

U.S. Census Bureau figures show 42,600 young, college-educated singles left Michigan between 1995 and 2000, while only 26,600 moved in, reducing the state's population of that group by more people than in any other state during that time, except Pennsylvania."

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Published on Wednesday, July 12, 2006 in The Detroit Free Press
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