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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown 336

Posted by Soulskill
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jfruh writes: "Over the past few years, the growth rate in Detroit tech jobs has been twice the natural average. The reason is the industry that still makes Detroit a company town: U.S. automotive companies are getting into high tech in a big way, and need qualified people to help them do it. Another bonus: the rent is a lot cheaper than it is in San Francisco. '[A]ccording to Automation Alley's 2013 Technology Industry Report, the metro Detroit area grew to a total of 242,520 technology industry jobs in 2011, representing a 15% increase from the 2010 level of 210,984 technology industry jobs. No other benchmarked region had greater technology industry growth than metro Detroit in this period. Further, according to the report, this growth helped propel metro Detroit to a ranking of fourth among the 14 benchmarked regions, passing San Jose."
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Detroit: America's Next Tech Boomtown

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 18, 2014 @12:46PM (#46788973)
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  • Re:FLYOVER (Score:4, Informative)

    by LordKronos (470910) on Friday April 18, 2014 @05:24PM (#46791623) Homepage

    The reason all but one automotive assembly line has pulled out of Detroit is ...

    One? Just one plant? Even if you are just talking about Detroit itself, ignoring the suburbs, there is a GM plant and 2 Chrysler plants in Detroit. But when people talk about Detroit and auto companies, they mean the entire metro detroit area. And in that area, there is:

    Ford: (Wayne, Flat Rock)
    GM: (Detroit, Orion)
    Chrysler: (Detroit x 2, Sterling Heights, Warren)

    So that's 8 auto assembly plants in metro Detroit. Yep, just one plant here.

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