Oakland County Diversification Newsletter, March 2023

Emerging Growth & Innovation Diversification Newsletter

March 2023

Industry 4.0 Initiative  |  VTM Michigan  |  GEM Mobility Grant

Dom Holmes

Thanks for subscribing to Oakland County’s Diversification Newsletter. Here you’ll find useful information about events, programs and other resources that can help you grow and diversify your business. For a broader set of business support services offered by Oakland County’s Economic Development Department, visit the following link: https://forms.oakgov.com/188

Dom Holmes
Administrator, Emerging Growth & Innovation

Industry 4.0

Michigan’s Industry 4.0 Grant Initiative

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) launched an Industry 4.0 initiative to support small manufacturers. MEDC has established a grant program to provide 50% reimbursement for qualifying technology costs up to $25,000.  As part of this initiative, regional programs have been established. The Manufacturing Growth Alliance (MGA) is the regional program grant administrator for Regions 1, 3, 7, 9, Oakland & Wayne Counties. Let us help you with the next step.

Learn more: https://www.mgalliance.org/industry40

SAVE THE DATE: Join us for an Industry 4.0 Roundtable to learn more about this opportunity on Monday, March 20th, from 9-11 at Witzenmann USA located at 1201 Stephenson Hwy, Troy, Michigan  48083. Registration and details will be posted soon, stay connected here for updates: Automation Alley’s webpage.


VTM Michigan

International B2B Forum for Innovations in Automotive & Mobility


What is VTM Michigan?

VTM Michigan is a mobility technology event that brings together the vehicle and transportation community in one venue.  The event is a spin-off of a successful forum in Turin, Italy and will feature:

  • A full program of technical and technology presentations
  • A matchmaking program for attendees to secure pre-arranged meetings

VTM Michigan is an outstanding platform for vehicle makers and tier suppliers, disruptive technology entrepreneurs, and solution providers to explore the key challenges and opportunities of the future of mobility and new technologies.

The technical scope of VTM Michigan includes:

  • Autonomous Assisted Vehicles
  • Transport, Electrification & Batteries
  • Connectivity & Cybersecurity
  • Hydrogen & Sustainable Propulsion Systems
  • Innovative Products & Manufacturing
  • New Mobility Solutions

Join this free webinar to find out more about VTM Michigan.
Register at: tinyurl.com/mrx5me76

  • Thursday, March 9, 2023
  • 8:00am-9:00am PDT/11:00am to 12:00pm EDT
  • Online
  • Free to participate

For more information, please contact: 
VTM Michigan - Alain Ngoie
Webinar -Juanita Harthun


GEM logo

Thrive in an Ever-Changing Mobility Environment

With constant advances in technology, the mobility industry is always evolving. Through a grant from the Economic Development Administration, The Supply Chain Transformation Center–operating through the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) coalition–will focus on making Michigan manufacturers competitive in a new world of mobility.

GEM's goal is to accelerate economic growth by building on the region's mobility assets. It will create a smart, secure, sustainable and inclusive advanced-mobility industry, starting with the transition to next-generation electric, autonomous and fully connected vehicles. Eligible Michigan manufacturers have the opportunity to receive funding that can be used to assist in their mobility transformation, develop their organization and remain competitive.


  • Must have less than 500 employees
  • Must have 10% of annual revenue in the mobility sector
  • Must be located in GEnesee, Lapeer, Lenawee, Livingston, Macomb, Monroe, Oakland Shiawassee, St Clair, Washtenaw or Wayne county

For more information, contact:
Gary Marley, Senior Business Solutions Manager


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