Automation Alley is an eight county region in Southeast Michigan, and a member organization aimed at developing and promoting the region’s technology industry. Automation Alley retained Anderson Economic Group first in 2005 to provide an assessment of the size and scope of the region’s technology industry. This analysis provided the third annual report, which updated information and provided an assessment of the region’s technology industry from 1998-2005. It also included an additional chapter with in-depth analysis of the Life Sciences technology cluster.
Our analysis first required that we provide a conservative and reliable definition of the technology industry. We did so following the rigorous methodology first applied in our 2005 Auto Alley report. Using the definition, we were able to analyze census data to determine how many employees worked in the industry. We also assessed total payroll, average wages, and the number of technology establishments within Automation Alley. We also analyzed other indicators of the region’s technology industry, including patents issued, university and military research and development, and Small Business Innovation Research program awards. A special section on Defense and Homeland Security technology cluster provided detailed accounts of security technology being produced by the private sector and by the U.S. Army in Automation Alley that assist our military in making the country safer.
We compiled our analysis into a 102 page report, complete with a foreword from Patrick L. Anderson, several appendices, and detailed narrative and graphics on the region’s technology industry. An abridged version was published by Automation Alley for distribution to its members, the media, and businesses throughout the world. Anderson Economic Group also presented the report to Automation Alley’s executive board in Southfield on December 13, 2007.