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MICHIGAN SMART ZONES

Michigan Smart Zones are collaborations between universities, industry, research organizations, government, and other community assets that recognize clusters of new and emerging businesses that are focused on commercializing ideas, patents and other R&D opportunities. There are a number of Smart Zones in the Metro Detroit region.

Ann Arbor SPARK

Paul Krutko, President and CEO Media Contact: Jenn Cornell, (734) 821-0070 • www.annarborusa.org Representing all communities in Washtenaw and Livingston County, Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is the driving force in establishing the Ann Arbor region as a destination for business expansion, retention, and location. Ann Arbor SPARK collaborates with business, academic, government and community investor partners. Its mission is to advance the economic development of innovation-based businesses in the Ann Arbor region by offering programs, resources and proactive support to business at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations looking for expansion opportunities.

Automation Alley

Thomas Kelly, Executive Director (248) 457-3200 • www.automationalley.com Automation Alley is a regional technology business association that connects government, business and education. It’s membership includes businesses, educational institutions and government entities from the City of Detroit and the surrounding eight county region. Automation Alley provides opportunities for business development through entrepreneurial and exporting assistance, diversification opportunities, workforce development initiatives and technology acceleration. Automation Alley exists to grow the innovation cluster of Southeast Michigan so the region will be globally acknowledged as the leader of technology and innovation in the United States by 2020.

Detroit Region Aerotropolis

Robert Luce, Executive Director (734) 992-2238 • www.detroitaero.org The Pinnacle Development Area (PDA) is located within the international trade area known as VantagePort and the Detroit Region Aerotropolis. Specifically within Huron Charter Township, the PDA is located just south of the Detroit Metropolitan Airport with direct access to I-275. The PDA builds upon the industrial and financial strength of the region and is an attractive and suitable area for new and emerging technologies as well as a variety of forms of light industry. The Township in partnership with Wayne County has provided the necessary infrastructure for over 500 acres of consistently zoned property for the development of high quality industry, technology, logistics, retail, and commercial projects. The Pinnacle Development Area is located in a Michigan Smart Zone and a Local Development Finance Authority and also has an expedited review and approval procedure.

Macomb – Oakland University INCubator

Larry Herriman, Interim Executive Director (586) 884-9320 • www.oakland.edu/macombouinc The Macomb-Oakland University Incubator supports economic development in Southeast Michigan by accelerating high-tech businesses, cultivating academic innovation and encouraging research and development. The Macomb-OU Incubator's mission is to provide comprehensive development and support services to startup and emerging businesses, create and support an entrepreneurial climate, commercialize new technologies, attract investment and create new jobs in Southeast Michigan. The Macomb-OU Incubator aims to be the regional hub for accelerating economic growth in the targeted industries of defense, homeland security, advanced manufacturing and technology.

Oakland University INCubator

Contact Person – Stephen Kent (248) 648-4800 • www.oakland.edu/ouinc Oakland University’s SmartZone Business Incubator (OU INC) provides entrepreneurial resources and strategic business solutions to develop intellectual property. The incubator supports existing and grows new technology-based and life science businesses with university resources, decision support technology, business counseling services and financial/capital acquisition assistance. The state of Michigan, city of Rochester Hills and Oakland University created a certified technology park (CTP) under the auspices of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) that provides tax increment financing to support OU INC.

Southfield Centrepolis

Rochelle Freeman, Business & Economic Development Director (248) 796-4161 www.centrepolis@cityofsouthfield.com Southfield Centrepolis is a campus for innovation, knowledge share and growth, and one of Michigan’s SmartZones. Our primary focus is on providing an atmosphere that helps second stage start-ups and intrapreneurs accelerate their companies to the next level. Southfield Centrepolis works collaboratively with the City of Southfield, the LTU Collaboratory and Lawrence Technological University to increase business success and employment throughout Southfield and the surrounding areas.

Tech Town

Ned Staebler, President and CEO Kristin Palm, Managing Director of Communications (313) 879-5250 • www.techtowndetroit.org TechTown, the Wayne State Research & Technology Park, is focused on the economic transformation of Detroit. TechTown empowers entrepreneurs to build successful technology businesses by providing support to emerging companies through sustainable business operations, programs and services and a comprehensive infrastructure that is integrated into Detroit’s broader economic development goals.

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