Automation Alley to open International Business Center

Automation Alley

will open a new International Business Center at its Troy headquarters
April 28, providing a place for companies around the world to bring
business — and opportunities for local companies — to Southeast
Michigan.

The center, located on Bellingham off 16 Mile Road
between Rochester Road and John R, will provide three private offices,
three Skype-enabled conference rooms, an open office area, a private
entrance, and high-tech equipment. Access to high definition video conferencing will be provided by LifeSize and its local partner, Insight Technologies.

There is also a three-person international business
staff dedicated to providing a wide range of assistance and information
to international guests interested in conducting business in Southeast
Michigan and local companies looking to connect with the visitors. 

“The
new expansion will allow international companies to become familiar
with the open business culture, technical workforce and quality of life
in Southeast Michigan. We anticipate that once they become established,
their business will grow and new jobs will be created,” says Ken Rogers,
Automation Alley executive director.

Kelly Kozlowski, Automation Alley’s Business Accelerator client
coordinator, says the cost of the 3,200-square-foot expansion was
$394,800 and came through Urban Development grants from the U.S
Department of Housing with support from Congressman Gary Peters and U.S.
Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. The expansion was completed by
Bloomfield Hills-based Synergy Group, Inc.

“Automation
Alley has done 13 trade missions since 2001 and in that time we’ve
continued to strengthen the international business component of our
services here…This was the next logical step,” Kozlowski says. “We’re
able to make a lot of connections for companies located here and
companies looking to relocate to the region.”

More specifically,
users of the International Business Center get access to Automation
Alley’s 1,000 member companies, its training seminars and information
sessions, use of the conference rooms and atrium for meetings with
clients, investors and consultants and a copy, print and fax center as
well a professional services information and pre- and post- export trade
mission support as well as connections to county governments and
economic development partners in the city of Detroit and surrounding
eight-county region.

Automation Alley is Michigan’s largest
technology business association. The nonprofit helps drive growth and
economic prosperity through workforce and business development projects
covering a wide array of technologies from a various industries around
the world. Automation Alley work stretches from Detroit, Wayne, Oakland,
Macomb and Washtenaw counties across to Genesee, Livingston, Monroe and
St. Clair counties.

Sources: Ken Rogers, Automation Alley executive director; Kelly Kozlowski, business accelerator client coordinator for Automation Alley
Writer: Kim North Shine

A version of this story ran in Metromode.