Our Impact

Automation Alley is Michigan’s largest technology business association, connecting government, business and education to drive the growth of Southeast Michigan’s economy. Since its founding in 1999, the organization has grown to include nearly 1,000 members from the city of Detroit and the surrounding eight-county region.

Jobs Created

  • Jobs created or supported by Automation Alley activity: 6,887 jobs since 1999.

Entrepreneurial Services

  • Companies invested in: 59
  • Dollars invested: $9.13 million
  • Capital (private equity, state/federal grants, foundations, etc.) awarded to Automation Alley seed-funded companies: $141.4 million

International Business

  • Trade missions: 29
  • More than 213 companies have participated in Automation Alley trade missions.
  • Export sales made by local companies as a result of Automation Alley trade mission and export activities: more than $672 million

Business Attraction

  • Since 2011, Automation Alley has attracted 18 high-tech companies to the region.

Talent Development

  • In 2012, Automation Alley secured a $5 million grant from the Department of Labor to make high-level IT training available to local partner companies through the Technical Talent Development Program (TTDP).
  • TTDP had 1,347 people actively engaged in training.
  • More than 30 companies in Southeast Michigan have been awarded training funds through TTDP.

Defense Activity

  • $3.5 million in revenue generated for local companies 


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