Automation Alley Releases Key Data on the State of Southeast Michigan's Technology Economy

TROY, Mich., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Automation Alley, a technology business association driving growth in Southeast Michigan's economy, today released data from its newly released Annual Technology Industry Report, prepared by the Anderson Economic...

Data from the report highlights the region's continued diversification. Automation Alley's unique and ever-growing relationship with the U.S. military and its partners plays a critical role in expanding the region's industries. The U.S. Small Business Administration's Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program has pumped millions of dollars of funding into Automation Alley small businesses for research and development projects. From 2000 to 2005, small area businesses received 521 SBIR awards worth $105.7 million. Funding assisted privately-owned businesses in developing and commercializing technologies that protect our borders, allow for faster emergency response times, detect threats, and provide physical and virtual security.

Macomb County is home to a unique hub of defense and homeland security technology with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC), the U.S. Army's Tank-automotive and Armaments Command (TACOM) Life Cycle Management Command, and Selfridge Air Nation Guard Base. Since World War II, TARDEC has maintained a presence in Detroit to tap into the area's automotive design and engineering talent. Currently, TARDEC employs over 1,200 Southeast Michigan residents and is expected to continue growing as the Department of Defense began moving the Robotic Systems Joint Program Office (RS-JPO) from Alabama to Warren, Mich., in August 2007 .

About the Technology Industry Report

The new study utilizes a rigorous definition of the technology industry based on research conducted by the U.S. Commerce Department, Anderson Economic Group and others. This definition identifies six specific technology sectors within Southeast Michigan -- advanced automotive, advanced manufacturing, chemical and material, information technology, life sciences and other technologies (including oil and gas extraction, architectural services and more).

Data from the study takes a variety of factors into account, including employment, number of private businesses, payroll, demographics, socio- economics and quality of life. A copy of the full report may be secured by visiting

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a technology business association driving the growth and image of Southeast Michigan's economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives.

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include more than 800 businesses, educational institutions and government entities, covering an eight county area and the City of Detroit . Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through business attraction services, exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.

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