GM, GM Foundation Donate $4M to Kettering University Projects
Kettering University will receive $2 million from General Motors Company and an additional $2 million from the GM Foundation for its indoor and outdoor lab spaces. The dual donation will provide Kettering’s students with state-of-the-art facilities in which they will learn the tools necessary to potentially become future innovators in the automotive industry.
GM Foundation’s donation will support construction of the GM Foundation Automotive Research Area, which will be built over a 19-acre plot at the corner of Chevrolet Avenue and Bluff Street that once housed “Chevy in the Hole”—the former location of Chevrolet Division’s Delphi Flint West site.
The GM Foundation Automotive Research Area will connect to another project being undertaken at Chevy in the Hole known as Chevy Commons. The project will result in the creation of mixed-use nature, trail, and park land, with the stated goal of creating a lush portal to Kettering University campus proper.
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The $2 million from General Motors Co. will aid construction of the GM Advanced Powertrain Research Lab in the C.S. Mott Science and Engineering building. Machinery used in the research lab, as well as in the FIRST Robotics Community Center, was provided by a GM donation earlier this year.
“We are grateful for the support of the GM Foundation and General Motors,” said Kettering University President Robert McMahan. “These facilities will provide unparalleled educational opportunities for our students. The automotive proving ground, in particular, will also serve as a model for creative redevelopment of brownfields and industrial land nationwide and a great symbol of the continued turnaround in the city of Flint.”
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