Don't believe the hype that Metro Detroit is a brawn-based economy lacking when it comes to technology and engineering expertise. The region is one of the country's top tech centers when it comes to concentrated engineering talent, according to a recent report commissioned by
"In spite of the slowdown, we have retained a leadership role in the Midwest and the nation when it comes to the technology economy," says Ken Rogers, executive director of Automation Alley
The report, Automation Alley: Growing the Detroit Region's Technology Economy
, benchmarked Metro Detroit's new economy with the rest of the major regional economies in the U.S. It found that the region is No. 1 in advanced automotive jobs, along with architectural and engineering jobs. It's No. 5 in percentage of total employment in the tech industry (13.7 percent), with more than 253,000 tech jobs. Only Dallas and Boston had more tech jobs than Metro Detroit.
The report also identified a number of opportunities ripe for expanding the region's new economy. Those include creating business opportunities through military contracts, exports, workforce development, and collaboration with other economic development agencies.
"We do so well when it comes to exporting," Rogers says. "We have a major trading partner across the border in Canada. We have all the reasons to be excited about exporting."Source: Ken Rogers, executive director of Automation AlleyWriter: Jon Zemke