TROY — The Automation Alley Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, announced the establishment of the Automation Alley Society, which recognizes donors that give charitable gifts to the fund. The Automation Alley Fund supports the mission of Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association.

“The Automation Alley Fund allows those organizations or companies that fall outside of Automation Alley’s membership criteria to give to our cause,” said Automation Alley executive director Ken Rogers.

Rogers said those companies, from retail stores to hotels to sports venues, have a strong commitment to the region, its businesses and the advancement of our local economy. Also, the society allows tech companies that do fall within Automation Alley membership to make a charitable gift instead of – or in addition to – membership.

The Automation Alley Society will be recognized at Automation Alley Headquarters in Troy with a name and/or logo display. Through their charitable gifts to the Automation Alley Fund, donors contribute to Automation Alley business assistance programs that are sustaining and growing companies and encouraging economic and workforce development activities in Southeast Michigan.

Gifts to the fund will nurture and sustain a variety of business growth opportunities, including:
• Business assistance programs and attraction services to sustain and grow companies
• Seed fund investments for entrepreneurs and startup companies
• Talent development and STEM initiatives for students, teachers and members of the workforce
• Trade missions to international and domestic locales for companies looking to expand
• Consulting and procurement assistance with defense and manufacturing initiatives

By donating, the Automation Alley Society is making a significant impact to help create jobs, improve the economy and support the quality of life in Southeast Michigan. Since 1999, Automation Alley has invested $7.96 million in 35 local companies. $68.96 million in follow-on capital has been awarded to Automation Alley seed-funded companies or projects, and 3,387 jobs have been created or supported with assistance from Automation Alley.

To donate or for more information, contact Automation Alley Director of Philanthropy Kim Cross at (248) 457-3200 or email


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