Michigan’s pain, Indiana’s gain

Detroit keeps turning out bad news, what with General Motors, Ford and Chrysler losing market share and Volkswagenâ??s announcement
last fall that it would abandon the city and move its U.S. headquarters to Virginia.

Now Volkswagen is days away from unveiling a site for a new U.S. plant, and the Detroit News reports Michigan has been crossed
off the short list in favor of two Southern states.

The steady downers are turning Michigan into a byword for decline, says Daniel Gorrell, who runs the California consulting
firm AutoStratagem Inc. In short, Detroit â?? and by extension Michigan as a whole â?? has gained a stigma that will be extremely
difficult to shake.

â??There is a spirit and a feel about Detroit now,â?? Gorrell says.

However, he adds, â??Things arenâ??t nearly as bad in Indiana. There isnâ??t the concentration of problems.â??

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