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Laid-off Yahoo workers urged to go east to Detroit

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POSTED April 9, 2012 8:17 p.m.


DETROIT (AP) — A financial company that is betting on a Detroit turnaround is trying to lure laid-off Yahoo workers to Michigan.

Quicken Loans has started the website www.valleytodetroit.com to promote the Motor City to Yahoo workers axed last week in California. Quicken's businesses include mortgages, venture capital and sports graphics.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo announces plans Wednesday to lay off 2,000 people, or about 14 percent of its workforce.

The Detroit News says Quicken plans to interview candidates and fly them to Detroit. The company has thousands of workers downtown, and its founder has been snapping up buildings.

Detroit Venture Partners chief executive Josh Linkner says people with skills in marketing and Web development should consider Detroit.

 

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