TROY — Where is Michigan’s tech industry heading? Grab a copy of Automation Alley’s 2012 Technology Industry Report to find out. The report, “From Rust to Resurgence: Detroit’s Regional Technology Economy,” will debut at Automation Alley’s Technology Industry Outlook event, Feb. 5 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at Automation Alley headquarters, 2675 Bellingham in Troy.
The regional comparison study, with information compiled by Lansing-based Anderson Economic Group, LLC, focuses this year on the region moving from recession to recovery.
The day will kick off with registration followed by presentations from Patrick Anderson, principal and CEO of Anderson Economic Group and Automation Alley Executive Director Ken Rogers. An open discussion and question-and-answer period will follow.
“Year after year, the data in our Technology Industry Report confirms that Southeast Michigan is a leading technology center, both in the Midwest and nationally,” Rogers said.  “Join us as we discuss the region’s technology-related growth and set our sights on the future.”
The report is a data-driven deep dive into key industry areas — including automotive engineering, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education and innovative tech companies. The event is free and open to Automation Alley members and non-members.
While slow economic growth and persistent unemployment remain burdens at home and abroad, there are signs of improvement in the Detroit region, according to Anderson Economic Group. The study will show how metro Detroit stacks up compared to other high-tech hubs across the country, and provide a taste of what’s to come for tech companies in the region.
Some key findings in Automation Alley’s 2012 Technology Industry Report include several “firsts.” For example, when benchmarked with the 14 regions analyzed in the report, the Greater Detroit region was found to be first in advanced automotive sector employment, the total number of advanced automotive industry establishments, architectural and engineering industry employment, the number of people working in architectural and engineering occupations and the number of engineering and engineering technologies degrees completed at colleges and universities in the region.
For more information or to register, contact the Automation Alley Resource Center at (800) 427-5100 or, or visit
Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include nearly 1,000 businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region. Automation Alley promotes regional prosperity through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, workforce development and technology acceleration.


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