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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.
 

Features

Phil Bertolini

How connected and autonomous vehicles will change your life for the better

By improving safety and efficiency of transportation, mobility has the potential to change lives for the better. In addition to offering more options for getting around, mobility will spur a big rethink about how we operate in cities, suburbs, and rural areas.

University of Michigan

Self-driving security: How Detroit leads the way in automotive cybersecurity

The burgeoning world of connected and autonomous vehicles provides hackers a plethora of lucrative opportunities, ranging from stealing credit card information from a vehicle to abusing vehicle-to-infrastructure systems to break into a car owner's garage or house. Fortunately, there are many in Metro Detroit's automotive cybersecurity sector who are working feverishly to prepare defenses against such attacks.

Robotics

RoboZone TV shows how robotics combines the best of varsity sports and STEM education

RoboZone TV is the only TV series dedicated to high school robotics in the country, highlighting how robotics combines varsity sports with STEM education and celebrating Michigan's 500+ robotics teams. 

Michigan Works! Red Level

Michigan Works! honors Novi IT company Red Level for partnership to train and hire technical talent

Red Level, a Novi-based full-service information technology company, was recognized with a Michigan Works! Association Impact Award for forming strategic a partnership with Oakland County and Oakland County Michigan Works! to upskill, train and expand the company’s workforce.

MiCareerQuest

MiCareerQuest Southeast will expose thousands of local high school students to in-demand careers

The first-ever MiCareerQuest Southeast will take place on November 28, 2018, at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. At this event, 10,000 high school students from the greater Metro Detroit region will be exposed to in-demand careers in the biggest growth industries in Michigan, including advanced manufacturing, construction, health sciences, and information technology.
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Featured 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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