(Community Matters 21) MAEDA: ‘We Have Parcels We Need’ for Ford Battery Plant

First Aired March 4, 2023

*Note: The Michigan Legislature approved a $1.3B spending bill, including $630M for the BlueOval Battery Park at the Marshall Megasite. Read more here.

Jim Durian, CEO with Choose Marshall – also known as MAEDA, the Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance – tells Community Matters all land parcels needed for the Ford BlueOval Michigan Battery Plant have been purchased.

Durian discusses this and the overall MAEDA perspective on the plant, announced by Ford Motor Company, state and local officials on February 13, 2023.

Episode Resources

Marshall, Michigan website
Marshall Township,  Michigan website
Ford Motor Company press release about BlueOval Battery Park Michigan
Choose Marshall-MAEDA website
CATL website
PA 425 Conditional Land Use Transfer Explained
Other battery plant and Community Matters episodes


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