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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

Stealth innovation: How a Troy company is reinventing vending machine technology

In 2009, Troy-based 365 Retail Markets generated $42K in revenue. This year it's projected to make $15 million. Read how one of Michigan's most under-the-radar tech companies is reinventing the vending machine experience and reaping big business in the process.

Hit the Lights! Kimberly LED Lighting Takes the Lead in Fast-Growing Multi-Billion-Dollar Industry

Clarkston-based Kimberly LED Lighting is a family-owned company that specializes in energy-efficient LED lighting for the residential, business, and industrial sectors. The LED market is expected to be a $3 billion market in the next three years.

Downtown Southfield is the Place to Be

Southfield does not have a traditional "downtown" the way we understand traditional downtowns in cities small and large. But there is indeed a section of Southfield that is under the management of the Southfield Downtown Development Authority. What it "lacks" in traditional downtown living it makes up for in infrastructure and growing industries.

12 projects mean almost $90 million of investment and 1,800 jobs for the county

Twelve companies either expanded or landed in Oakland County in May – the most economic development projects the county has seen in a single month since it began keeping track in 2004.

Direct Mail Marketing in the Digital Age: The Coupon King Still Reigns at SaveOn

People like to say that print is dead, but don't tell the "Coupon King" that. Mike Gauthier has been saving people money while promoting small businesses with his direct mail and digital marketing company SaveOn since 1984. An independently-owned direct mail marketing company doesn't survive 30 years without being able to roll with the punches, and that's exactly what owner Mike Gauthier has done.
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Emerging Sectors Videos

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.

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.

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.

Featured Video: Business Roundtable Annual Meeting 2008

Last week Oakland County business leaders gathered for the annual Businnes Roundtable. They advise the county executive on what's important to the business community. Our video camera was there.
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