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Emerging Sectors


Oakland County's Emerging Sectors® business development and attraction strategy recognizes the importance of advanced technologies to ensure the continued growth and development of business. Emerging Sectors includes high-tech fields as:
 
Advanced Electronics
Advanced Materials
Aerospace
Alternative Energy
Communications & IT
Defense & Homeland Security
Film & Digital Media
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate
Medical Main Street
Robotics
 
The strategy envisioned by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson in 2004 emphasizes the creation and retention of jobs while expanding and diversifying the employer base, as well as attracting international companies to the North American marketplace.
 
Hundreds of companies have expanded or relocated to Oakland County as part of the Emerging Sectors initiative. These companies have generated investment of nearly $2 billion, created or retained more than 34,000 jobs, and added millions of dollars in tax revenue for the county since the program began.
 

Emerging Sectors Features

Michelle DíSouza

Unified Business Technologies emphasizes women in traditionally male jobs

Michelle D’Souza is the President and CEO of Unified Business Technologies in Troy, a multi-faceted company that spans a number of different industries, including information technologies, manufacturing, engineering, and construction. One of the secrets to her success is hiring the right people, even if they don't have the "right" education or experience. 

Connected Vehicle Task Force

Oakland County supports development of innovative autonomous vehicle network pilot program

Oakland County is seeking bids from providers who have the ability to plan, build, deploy and maintain a pilot connected autonomous vehicle network that would ultimately make driving safer at no cost to taxpayers.

Felicia Harris

EverythingHR will change the way companies do HR

Five years ago Rochester Hills company El Shaddai Consulting launched the cloud-based human resource management system, EverythingHR, and it is already changing the way businesses do HR. 

MAT2

MAT2 prepares for next cohort of future highly-skilled employees in the advanced manufacturing field

MAT2 – the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program (pronounced "mat squared") – is an innovative, industry-defined approach to education following the German model of taking students into the workforce and allowing employers to “grow their own” employees.

Apprenticeships

Two new workforce development publications focus on building the talent pipeline in Oakland County

Two new publications released by Oakland County once again underscore the County's commitment to workforce development and building a strong talent pipeline for generations to come.
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Emerging Sectors Videos

Beer

Featured Video: What's Brewing in Oakland County

There is no question that craft beer is experiencing explosive growth all over the country. With some of America's largest, top-ranked craft beer producers right here in Michigan, our Great Beer State is at the forefront of this exciting industry, and in Oakland County, there seems to be a new brewery opening every week. Here we take a look at relative newbies Farmington Brewing Company, Ascension Brewing Company in Novi, and North Center Brewing Company in Northville for their take on the booming craft of brewing and what it means for the local economy and the state of Michigan as a whole.

Featured Video: J&B Medical and Health Net Connect

Featured Video: J&B Medical and Health Net Connect

J & B Medical was established in 1994 and since has become one of the fastest growing and most successful medical distribution companies in the world. J & B Medical, a family owned business, carries over 50 years of industry experience and is a Medical Main Street Life Science company. Video by M-1 Studios.

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Featured Video: What Goes Into 2 Billion Dollars - Emerging Sectors

More than 200 businesses were honored and thanked on June 18 by Oakland County L. Brooks Patterson in recognition of their combined investment in the county's Emerging Sectors® business development program which now tops $2.5 billion.

Valeo

Featured Video: Valeo North America

Oakland County's International Business video series continues with Françoise Colpron, the President of Valeo North America, an automotive parts manufacturing company which is headquartered in Troy with additional offices in Auburn Hills. Video by Advantage Oakland

Welcome To Automation Alley

If building a knowledge-based economy is Michigan's only hope then, much like the force, Automation Alley is what binds the region's technological companies together, finding ways for them to succeed in the global marketplace.
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