AngelouEconomics developed a Business Attraction Strategy based on an industry assessment and asset gap analysis for the Greater Detroit Aerotropolis Region. Home to two large airports, including Detroit Metro and Willow Run Cargo Airport, the Detroit Aerotropolis Region provides companies with significant assets for business recruitment. Through this project, the project team provided Wayne County and the Detroit Renaissance Foundation with an overview of the region’s assets by target industry (including companies operating in the Detroit Aerotropolis region, and an overview of the aerospace industry as part of advanced manufacturing), and current limitations based on a gap analysis of company site selection factors versus regional assets.

To create a global logistics hub around the region’s primary airports, AngelouEconomics then developed a recruitment strategy for attracting high-impact jobs. AE developed a business recruitment strategy based on addressing significant gaps in industry assets and workforce, including incentive policy, marketing opportunities, workforce development assets, and logistics-specific gaps in companies operating in the region.