When Detroit Courts Amazon It Costs Money That Could’ve Gone To Schools

Hi All,

On February 6th, at 4:30pm we are holding a press conference at Techtown to:

1) Tell the press that we are committed to fighting for funding for our schools
2) To call on our business leaders and elected leaders, the same leaders who fought for Amazon to come here, to put their weigh and power behind fully funding Michigan’s public schools

Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/W495Ql9O0az1mGn83

WHY?

Amazon told Detroit leaders two weeks ago they weren’t considering Detroit for their second headquarters because of a talent deficit (https://www.freep.com/story/money/business/john-gallagher/2018/01/18/detroit-amazon-headquarters-finalists/1043624001/)

Amazon doesn’t think Metro Detroit has enough qualified people to make their business thrive.

Our leaders spent months and lots of money courting Amazon to move to Detroit. They even made a fancy film to make our bid more competative.

They told Amazon they didn’t need to pay taxes , could keep their employees’ income tax for 10 years (120M), they would pay $120 million for job training, and build a second Q line (first one cost 137M). They were willing to shell out millions of private and public dollars to make Amazon happy.

But that effort didn’t matter because our people aren’t prepared.

What system develops talent, develops people?

OUR SCHOOLS.

Two weeks ago, Chalkbeat released a report saying public schools across Michigan are underfunded:

In Michigan we aren’t investing in our children, our people. If we continue underfunding our schools Amazon won’t be the last company to say no to Detroit.

Will you join us on February 6th to call on our business leaders and elected leaders to work to fully fund our schools?

Where: Campus Martius (by the skating rink)
When: Tuesday, February 6th
Time: 4:30 at Techtown

Attached is the flier for Tuesday’s rally.

Please feel free to register here:

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