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An announcement by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm today gave word over radio that Google will be opening a new research location in Ann Arbor, Michigan. While the announcement was scarce on details, Granholm did say that Google was offered a tax incentive package in order to make Michigan an attractive location for expansion. Google already has various job openings posted.

According to Granholm, Google will be bringing some of its AdWords unit over to the new location and picking up new researchers to work on the program. Other available openings include sales and operations including a position called "Print Scanning Operations." According to past Google announcements, the new positions will focus on digitizing books from entire libraries. Google faces some legal copyright issues in this endeavor as various publishers have said that they disagree with Google making text books available to everyone via search and archiving.

"We want to make sure that the world knows that this tremendous high tech company, one of the most successful in the world and the fastest growing, has chosen Michigan for its expansion," said Granholm over the radio. Dick DeVos, Granholm's opposition Republican challenger gave criticism that Granholm had not done enough to attract new businesses to the state. The new Google location is expected to pick up roughly 1,000 new employees over the next five years.





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