Oakland County has been working hard for years to bring new business into its borders, and it seems to be paying off.
… with companies committing to invest nearly $8.6 million countywide and add 192 jobs. That’s compared with four deals to invest around $4.1 million combined and add 185 jobs in January, and another two deals last December.
Another three deals reached in February were within traditional industry segments for Southeast Michigan — in this case, all automotive suppliers — to invest nearly $7.8 million and add 218 new jobs.
The latest deals bring the county to a total of $1.64 billion of investment through 170 successful deals since the program’s inception in 2004.
I’ve talked to several people involved with Oakland County business in the past, and know for a fact that they’ve been working hard to actively bring new business — and jobs — to the wider community. And I think the fact that they’re focusing on both traditional and emerging business sectors is a very smart move. Part of the reason Michigan’s economy is suffering is because the automotive industry was such a large part of it; when it took a hit, it was a huge hit.
In short, they’ve been actively pursuing businesses, and it’s been paying off. Have any of you taken that kind of attitude with your business — go out to actively pursue it, and do it?
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