Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, announced today that expansion construction at its headquarters in Troy has officially begun.

The 3,200 square foot expansion will provide a ‘soft landing center’ for international guests interested in conducting business in Southeast Michigan. The new addition will feature a private entrance, three conference rooms, three private offices and an open office area. The project also includes adding additional parking.

“The new expansion will allow international companies to become familiar with the open business culture, technical workforce and quality of life in Southeast Michigan. We anticipate that once they become established, their business will grow and new jobs will be created,” said Ken Rogers, Automation Alley executive director.

The project was funded by a U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development grant sponsored by U.S. Rep. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Township) and U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). The expansion is expected to be completed by spring 2011 and is being constructed by Synergy Group Inc. of Bloomfield Hills.

Since its founding in 1999, Automation Alley has expanded to include more than 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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