The NAIAS is an important event for Macomb County, Michigan’s third most populous county. During this annual expo, our automotive industry – which includes 400 companies involved in the R&D, production, wholesale, retail and maintenance of motor vehicles – can showcase its innovations, designs, technologies and products. It’s also a period for the county to highlight its “Future Tech, Future Talent” and to promote the area as a desirable location for opening, relocating or expanding a business, especially in the manufacturing sector.
Success in business is dependent on access to a deep pool of talent and experience, a resource abundant in Macomb County. All told, its labor force is more than 421,000 individuals strong, with over 75,000 in the skilled trades, 87,000 engineers and 70,000 R&D professionals.
Since 2010, automotive companies have invested more than $10.3 billion in Macomb, including substantial investments by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Motor Company and General Motors. $1.2 billion was invested in 2018 alone, which resulted in the creation of 4,584 jobs.
Macomb County is helping to build a workforce for the future by partnering with business and education leaders. For instance, the county supports 22 local FIRST Robotics teams. It also promotes STEM programming at Macomb Community College, which recently saw a 400% increase in robotic-related course completion.