Macomb County leaders attending the North American International Auto Show this month in Detroit will discuss several talent and technology initiatives.

Macomb County leaders attending the North American International Auto Show this month in Detroit will discuss several talent and technology initiatives.

File photo by Erin Sanchez


Macomb County leaders to highlight technology, talent at NAIAS

By: Alex Szwarc | C&G Newspapers | Published January 15, 2019

 One initiative that county leaders will discuss at the auto show is a Robotics Collaboration and Innovation Center, a new resource aimed at increasing awareness and opportunity within the robotics field.

One initiative that county leaders will discuss at the auto show is a Robotics Collaboration and Innovation Center, a new resource aimed at increasing awareness and opportunity within the robotics field.

File photo by Erin Sanchez

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DETROIT — Leaders from Macomb County will celebrate several talent and technology initiatives during the upcoming North American International Auto Show.

Some of the main talking points are the county’s Fueling the Talent Pipeline program, its connected infrastructure system and a new robotics collaboration center that will launch later this year.

The 2019 auto show is open to the public from Jan. 19 to Jan. 27 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

A press release from the county states that these initiatives highlight the county’s ability to meet the disruptive trends in the automotive industry.

“New technologies are having a massive effect on just about every aspect of our lives,” County Executive Mark Hackel said. “Whether it’s the economy, infrastructure or education, the world is changing and we need to be ready for that. This is why Macomb County is investing in new programs and initiatives aimed at tech and talent. We want to make sure that our communities and residents are prepared for the future in ways that will ensure our success.”

The first major initiative that county leaders will discuss is a Robotics Collaboration and Innovation Center, a new resource aimed at increasing awareness and opportunity within the robotics field.

The center was submitted by the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development as a proposal to the Defense Industry Growth Area Grants program through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in the summer of 2018. It was recently awarded funding and will launch at the Velocity Collaboration Center in Sterling Heights.

Once open, the center’s mission will be partnering with businesses, educational organizations, nonprofits and startups to offer tools, programs, expert assistance and open access to an independent, digital and electronic-based environment for creative people.

It will be a facility and ecosystem that offers co-sharing and individual workspaces, computers, software and related technologies. It will also feature a tooling and fabrication shop; engineering and computer science assistance; business development assistance; and mentors from leading automotive, defense, manufacturing and technology firms, all in an open, collaborative environment.

“We couldn’t think of a better time or place to highlight these initiatives than the North American International Auto Show,” MCPED Director John Paul Rea said. “This show is a testament to our region’s ingenuity and ability to grow and innovate. So we’re proud to showcase our county’s future-focused mindset here.”

Other major investments that Macomb County leaders will highlight are its recently launched Fueling the Talent Pipeline effort — a service platform that will allow employers and educators to connect, share resources and help students become aware of future career opportunities — and its connected roadways strategy.

The strategy, which involves the creation of a smart infrastructure network that can communicate with vehicles, bikes, buses and pedestrians, will position Macomb County as a leader in improving the overall mobility experience.

“Ultimately, we hope to bring existing engineering talent from major employers across southeast Michigan into an environment where new ideas and technologies can be created,” Rea said. “The possible benefits are endless.”

The MCPED works one-on-one with local employers to learn about their talent needs and connect them to the tailored resources currently available to support business goals.

For more information on the above initiatives, visit www.macombbusiness.com.

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