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​​​​​​Why Oakland County, Michigan? Take a look at our numbers:​

Diverse Technology Expertise

  • Oakland County and the region are No.1 in the Midwest in the concentration of technology-focused jobs
  • Oakland County has more than half of the Detroit-area's 3,900 high tech firms
  • Oakland County's technology firms are experts in Network/Data, Cyber Security, Mobile Technology, Digital Media and Software Development

Global Appeal

  • Oakland County is Michigan's international business address - with more than 1,000 foreign-owned firms from 39 countries - an international diversity that few states or even some countries can match
  • Oakland County's supply chain and logistics network is the pulse of the NAFTA corridor and a vital hub for U.S. manufacturing and the sophisticated systems needed to move equipment and supplies
  • Oakland County ranked 13th nationally in total exports, producing $14.5 billion in merchandise exports to the United States, Canada and Mexico
  • 57 percent of all Fortune 500 companies have at least one business location in Oakland County

Skilled Workforce of Designers, Engineers - That Like To Make Things

  • More than 20,000 industrial and commercial designers or industrial engineers in Oakland County and the region - the highest concentration in the United States
  • Michigan is 3rd nationally in the number of engineering degrees and has the 4th largest high-tech workforce - home to the only SAE-certified programs for technical training

R&D/Innovation Hub

  • The region has the first U.S. Patent Office outside Washington D.C., awarding more that 3,800 patents annually
  • In 2015, Michigan was granted the highest number of Data Processing - Vehicle Patents in U.S., exceeding California by 40 patents. Overall, Michigan has the highest percentage increase of U.S. Patents Granted between 2014 and 2015
  • Michigan universities spend over $2.25 billion per year on research and development - with Oakland County home to more than a third of the state's R&D facilities
  • More than 70 percent of Michigan's OEM parts suppliers are based in Oakland County

A Great Place To Live And Do Business

  • Oakland County offers one of the best pro-business environments in the country, contributing to Michigan's Top 10 status for corporate tax competitiveness due to its simple, fair and efficient 6 percent corporate income tax and $500 million in annual business savings through the elimination of industrial personal property tax
  • Oakland County's cost of living is 4.7 percent below the national average
  • Oakland County has lower labor costs than California, Massachusetts, New York and Illinois


 

For More Information Contact:

John Wolf-Meyer
Business Development Representative
(248) 251-5905
wolf-meyerj@oakgov.com