Working To Stay On Top Of Our Game

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations

To remain competitive in the global market, the City of Auburn Hills must build confidence among businesses and developers by adopting efficient development-related strategies and processes. This involves planning for new investment/reinvestment, identifying assets and opportunities, and focusing our resources.  Our goal is to make Auburn Hills attractive to the business community as a place to invest their resources and bring jobs; and where people will want to live, work, and play.

Ground breaking ceremony held last year for INCOE Corporation

To remain at the top of our game, the Auburn Hills City Council recently approved the City’s participation in the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) program facilitated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).  We believe that it’s always smart to participate in a self-evaluation program from time to time to learn how to get better.

RRC is a state-wide certification program that evaluates how communities have integrated transparency, predictability, and efficiency into their development practices through a set of best practices.  The MEDC formally recognizes communities that complete the certification for being proactive and business-friendly.

Right now, we’re in the self-evaluation process which has the City looking at areas such as collaboration, public outreach, zoning, and community prosperity.  As we proceed through the program, our team stands ready to learn new things and proactively improve our planning and business development efforts.

Valiant Effort … Canadian Auto Supplier’s Investment On Track

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to report that Windsor-based Valiant International, Inc. is settling into their new 186,197 square foot facility located at 2469 Executive Hills Boulevard.  The building was originally built in 1996 and was previously occupied by Durr Systems.

Valiant selected Auburn Hills for its United States expansion a little over one year ago.

Valiant selected Auburn Hills for its United States expansion a little over one year ago.

The $32.7 million project was first announced, with the support of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the City of Auburn Hills, back in September 2015.  The plant will manufacture automotive skeletons (body-in-white) for the major automakers and will also house a new skilled trade training space.

Valiant anticipates moving approximately 100 engineering and design staff to this location by the end of the year and intends to add 68 more employees within the next two years.  The company has already installed machinery into the building’s massive production space and has started work on a new contract for Ford Motor Company.

We welcome Valiant and thank them for choosing to invest in our community.