It's no secret that Michigan has been bouncing back from the recession. In fact, it tops the nation in announcements of research-and-development facility projects, according to the January issue of Site Selection magazine, which also names Detroit as the fastest-growing U.S. market for high-tech jobs. (That article begins on page 124.)
It cites these R&D upgrade projects or new construction since 2008: Saginaw's Nexteer Automotive Corp. ($413 million); MPI Research Inc. in Mattawan ($330 million); and Ann Arbor's Toyota Technical Center ($187 million).
It pulls data from The Brookings Institution's December 2011 Metro Monitor report, which names Detroit and Grand Rapids among the 20 strongest-performing metro areas. That report says that tech hubs overall are recovering strongly, as well as Great Lakes auto-producing areas and major Texas cities.
But the Detroit region has been diversifying beyond car manufacturing into "green manufacturing," including batteries and solar panels. And the Site Selection article counts Quicken Loans and Compuware among the companies that have set up shop in Detroit.