Jonathan Oosting

Vice President Joe Biden will appear with Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday in Detroit to discuss the the Obama administration's handling of the $787-billion economic stimulus package and announce the first round of federal research grants.

"He will discuss how we build a new economic foundation strong enough to withstand future economic storms and support lasting prosperity, and how we recapture the spirit of innovation that has always moved America forward," the White House said, via the Detroit News.

Auto officials told the News that Biden plans to announce the first round of funding from the $2 billion battery grant program, part of the $787 billion stimulus package approved in February.

Biden will speak from NextEnergy at 461 Burroughs St., where tickets will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m.

NextEnergy is a Detroit-based nonprofit organization "with a mission to become one of the nation's leading catalysts for alternative and renewable energy," according to the company's Web site.


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