Design

Engineering 

Research & Scientific 

From concept to consumer, the complete talent vertical is in the Detroit Region. New technology begins with innovative design, and Detroit boasts the highest number of industrial and commercial designers as well as the highest concentration of engineering talent in the nation. This talent combined with billions in private and university research and development, makes the Detroit Region an ideal location for innovative companies. Every year, the University Research Corridor invests $2 billion and the private sector spends $19 billion in new R&D activity. The Detroit region is well suited to help the world’s leading research, engineering, and design companies position themselves for growth and a sustainable future.

Businesses

%

5-year Historic Growth

[Design sub-sector]

Workers

Research, Engineering, and Design Degrees Conferred

Median Wage

[Equal to national median]

North American city of design

– UNESCO

4th for business R&D performance among all 50 states

The design and engineering subclusters are expected to grow

an additional 5.8% over the next 5 years

LARGEST DESIGN CLUSTER IN THE U.S., BEHIND ONLY NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES

engineers, The largest and fastest growing engineering cluster in the U.S.

LARGEST DESIGN CLUSTER IN THE U.S., BEHIND NEW YORK AND LOS ANGELES

RESEARCH, ENGINEERING, AND DESIGN INVESTMENT SPOTLIGHT

KLA-Tencor Invested $70M, Will Create 500 Jobs at R&D Hub

 

“Among the decisive reasons for building a major R&D hub in Michigan are Ann Arbor and the Detroit metropolitan area’s attractive talent pool, relative low-cost of living (compared to the San Francisco region, where KLA-Tencor is headquartered), proximity to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, and other logistical advantages that support KLA-Tencor’s leading international semiconductor and electronics customers. Ann Arbor also stood out by giving us the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with the University of Michigan and its proximity to the automotive industry. Locating in Ann Arbor and the surrounding area allows the company to draw from one of the greatest concentrations of engineering talent in the U.S.”

– Bobby Bell, Chief Strategic Officer, KLA-Tencor

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, EMSI, U.S. News and World Report, Wall Street Journal, Detroit Regional Chamber, National Science Foundation Note: Peer regions include Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, and St. Louis