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Chamber President meets with incoming Governor DeWine on GM Lordstown

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The man in charge of the Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber has been invited to discuss the future of General Motors Lordstown with the governor-elect and the lieutenant governor-elect. 

James Dignan, president & CEO of the Regional Chamber, will meet with Mike DeWine and Jon Husted late Friday morning. 

Dignan said DeWine's office reached out to him to set up the meeting. 

Dignan tells 21 News he anticipates that they'll discuss what their message is to General Motors in terms of the future of the Lordstown plant after GM announced it would keep the facility unallocated. 

According to Dignan, it's possible they'll discuss what they might be able to use to incentivize the company to stay in Lordstown and allocate a new product, such as tax incentives, abatements, or anything that could help to make it cost effective to retool the plant. 

Dignan also told 21 News that shortly after DeWine and Husted are sworn into office they will make their way to the Detroit auto show, where they will meet with Mary Barra and other GM executives to make a pitch for the Lordstown plant.

This pitch may include seeing what type of economic incentives they could offer to make the Lordstown plant the best option to allocate a new product.  

In addition to trying to attract GM to bring a new product to Lordstown, Dignan said the Regional Chamber is also planning to reach out to any companies, automotive or otherwise, that may have an interest in locating at the property, in the worst case scenario that the plant does close permanently. 

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