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Chamber’s Business Attraction Efforts Lead to New Investment, Jobs in Southeast Michigan

Business Attraction Team Collaborates with Regional Partners to Bring Keynote Systems, APAG Elektronik AG to Southeast Michigan

Two tech-based businesses are expanding operations in Southeast Michigan following direct assistance from the Detroit Regional Chamber and its partners. This month, California-based Keynote Systems announced plans to expand in downtown Detroit, creating 53 hi-tech jobs and investing more than $450,000 in the region.

keynote-systemsThe Chamber’s Business Attraction team provided a two-day tour of the city, partnering with Ann Arbor SPARK, Detroit Economic Growth Corp. and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) to market the city’s technology assets.

In an email, Shawn White, executive vice president for Keynote Systems, said he is excited to expand the company’s operations in Detroit.

“It is exciting to be part of something bigger than just hiring smart people and growing Keynote,” he said. “I think the Detroit community, and Michigan in the larger context, has a bright future and I’m glad we’re going to be a part of it.”

apag-electronics-logoIn May, APAG Elektronik AG, a Switzerland-based electronics design and manufacturing firm, announced that it would open a sales office in Troy this year. Phase one of the project will bring $350,000 in investment and five new jobs to the region.

Representatives from APAG met with the Chamber’s Business Attraction team, as well as representatives from Oakland County and the MEDC, who provided data on Oakland County at the SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C. in March.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said in a press release that partnering with the Chamber at the SelectUSA Summit was a big success.

“We are proud of the business climate we’ve created for international companies and the infrastructure available to support their business,” Patterson said.

The company is also considering an electronics manufacturing facility in the county next year.

For more information on any of the Chamber’s business attraction efforts, please contact Maureen Krauss at 313.596.0367.