Troy is Poised for Business Retention and Attraction
Abalanced community, rich in cultural diversity, community wellness and
economic vitality, Troy boasts a mix of high-rise and low-rise office space, and
light industrial and research parks.
Products, services, designs and innovations created by Troy’s 5,500+ businesses reach most points around the country and the globe. Contributing to the local and regional success (with some creating
international impact) are Troy’s corporate and world headquarters, small businesses, light industrial
manufacturing plants, automotive suppliers, retailers
and service companies of all kinds.
The easy access to the region’s major transportation arteries and employment pool make Troy appealing to builders and developers.
High-rises, first-rate hotels, grand shopping, numerous restaurants and new development line Big Beaver, Troy’s main east-west roadway. Perhaps that’s why many call it the “Golden Corridor”—and why corporate giants like Kelly Services and LaSalle Bank are positioned here.
What’s Unique About Troy...
- In 2004, Automation Alley opened its headquarters in Troy. Automation Alley drives the growth and image of Southeast Michigan’s technology economy through a collaborative culture that focuses on workforce and business development initiatives. Automation Alley has grown into a dynamic organization of leaders from all backgrounds and business sectors. Together, the Alley and its partners infuse the region with exceptional business opportunities and unrivaled job opportunities.
- Troy is home to one of 11 SmartZones in Michigan. SmartZones provide distinct geographical locations where
technology-based firms, entrepreneurs and researchers can locate in close proximity to all of the community assets that will assist in their endeavors. Today this zone has grown to become the enabling infrastructure for start-up technology related
businesses to succeed as well as the preferred address for large corporations to partner and conduct business globally.
- The Kresge Foundation has returned to its newly-renovated headquarters on West Big Beaver Road. The 82-year-old Foundation has added a 19,500-sq.-ft. structure, restored a prairie landscape, and maintained and restored 19th century farm buildings on its three-acre site. The Foundation chose to remain in its current location in part for the opportunity to
preserve a historic farmstead and to introduce green features—including green roofs, geothermal wells, and extensive use of recycled materials.
- The Walsh College, Troy Campus, is also seeing “green.” With its capital expansion underway, Walsh is interested in attaining a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Bronze level of certification. To accomplish this, the College will focus on site sustainability, water and energy efficiency, indoor
environmental quality, and more.
- In 2004, two years after opening its new North American
headquarters and technical center in Troy, Behr America Inc. unveiled its $15 million climatic wind tunnel. The tunnel is said to be “the most advanced facility of its kind in the world.” The Troy wind tunnel has a whopping 1,025-hp fan to create winds with speeds up to 125 mph (201 km/h).
- Troy was chosen as one of seven pilot communities for Wireless Oakland, an initiative that will blanket the county’s 910 square miles with wireless Internet service. A portion of bandwidth will be available to everyone in Oakland County for free. Wireless Oakland will support a growing mobile workforce and elevate the technical knowledge of its current and future workforces through low-cost or no cost training sessions.
- Just after the new millennium, Kmart donated its Corporate Head, a two-story sculpture depicting interlocking bronze heads, to the City of Troy. The city celebrates the gift at its permanent home in Troy’s civic center area where it can now be viewed and enjoyed by all.