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Economic Development Leaders Take Michigan’s Mobility Innovation Message on the Road to CES 2019

The Detroit Regional Chamber and Michigan Economic Development Corp. convened a team of statewide economic developers to attend CES 2019 in Las Vegas this week. The trip featured representatives from Ann Arbor SPARK, The Right Place, and Macomb and Oakland counties who shared the message that Detroit and Michigan are open for business and well-positioned to lead in next-generation mobility innovation.

The team met with more than 120 companies from the connected vehicle and mobility technology industry. The meetings focused on assisting companies looking for expansion opportunities in the region and better understanding their immediate and future needs. The team also spent time in the Holland Pavilion — where 50 startup companies from Holland were focused on promoting their new technologies in the North American market — to gauge their interest in the Detroit market.

During the week, the Chamber, Ann Arbor SPARK, SPARK’s incubator network and the American Center for Mobility, spent time in the CES Eureka Park, meeting with 50 technology startup companies from around the world to promote the PlanetM Landing Zone and Michigan’s automotive and mobility ecosystem. The Landing Zone, a joint project of the Chamber and MEDC, is a hub for global mobility startups to connect with Detroit’s traditional automotive industry.

CES is increasingly regarded as the premier conference for innovation and technology. It is important for the Chamber to attend and connect with the long-established leaders in the technology industry, emerging technology startups and the traditional automotive industry who are offering solutions in the areas of mobility, cybersecurity, smart cities and beyond.