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Ann Arbor – The University of Michigan and the city of Detroit are working on a joint effort to boost economic mobility and break the cycle of poverty in the city.

The school says Monday that under a four-year agreement it will provide up to $500,000 in resources a year to support partnerships that pair university experts with city leaders. Part of the funding will create a new position of assistant director of economic mobility.

It is part of Poverty Solutions , the Ann Arbor school’s initiative dedicated to the prevention and alleviation of poverty.

Those involved say top priorities include removing barriers to employment for city residents, including transportation; leveraging university resources to enhance Detroit initiatives; and providing research and analysis to build on existing programs and pilot new ones.

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