Part of a significant movement to develop hybrid technology and bring new investment to the state, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority has granted local tax incentives to Mercedes-Benz Hybrid LLC, a subsidiary of German automaker Daimler AG, which is planning to build a $10 million research center near Ann Arbor, reported the Associated Press on Tuesday.

John Carroll, senior vice president of business development for the Detroit Regional Economic Partnership, told the Detroit Free Press:

“The fact that it is another major automaker putting a technical center here - that’s the future of this region … That’s absolutely the kind of thing that we are pushing for and we think is our strength.”

In addition to the engineering center, the Michigan Economic Growth Authority approved tax breaks for 11 other projects that are expected to create over 1,200 jobs and generate more than $150 million in investment, reported the Detroit News on Wednesday.