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Oakland County Economic Developer Leaves for Korea to Woo Automotive, Medical Device and IT Companies

Public Date: 9/27/2013 12:00 AM
Contact: Stephen W. Huber, Marketing and Communications Officer
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

Waterford, Michigan -- A senior business development representative from Oakland County is leaving for a week-long trade mission to Korea to court eight companies who have indicated an interest in expanding into the United States.

Alan Weber will be pitching Oakland County’s educated and skilled workforce, its global presence, business-friendly atmosphere and attractive quality of life during a seminar for the eight companies. Weber leaves for Seoul on Saturday.

“Oakland County has a global presence unlike few counties – or even states,” County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “We have more than 900 firms from 38 countries. Korea is an important market for us. We want to thank these companies for investing in Oakland County and encourage others to consider us for future expansions.”

It will be Weber’s second trip to Asia in two weeks. He was in China and Japan for 10 days earlier in September. Deputy County Executive Matthew Gibb was also in China, Japan and Singapore presenting to various companies in September.

Weber has meetings scheduled with many of the top Korean companies who have business locations and have made significant investment in Oakland County. Korea is an increasingly important market for Oakland County as 34 Korean companies have locations here.

Weber will be promoting Medical Main Street, the county’s health care and life science initiative, and November’s INNO-VENTION 2013 Conference to the Korea Medical Device Industry Association and Korea University.