Why Wayne?

Wayne County is a premier gateway to the global marketplace. We have the workforce, infrastructure, and industrial assets to design, build, and ship just about anything. Our region is leading the way in innovative fields like mobility. Discover what over 30,000 companies already know: Wayne County is a great place to do business.


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Within 1 hour drive

  • Over 30,000 businesses
  • 1,300 foreign firms from 39 countries
  • 25+ Industry groups & associates
  • 5.2 million residents
  • 11 Fortune 500 companies

Michigan Business Climate

  • 6% Flat Corporate Income Tax
  • Top 10 Pro-Business State(Pollina Corporate/AEDI 11/15)
  • Top 15 State for Overall Business Climate(Tax Foundation 11/15)
  • Top 10 State for Major New & Expanded Corporate Facilities (Site Selection 02/16)

Center for North American Auto Industry

  • 16 Automakers
  • 12 Assembly Plants
  • 23% of U.S. Auto Production
  • 76% of U.S. automotive R&D investment:  $10 billion annually
  • 1,800 auto suppliers, including 61 of the top 100 suppliers in North America
  • $300+ million in trade crossing each day at the Detroit/Windsor border
  • The Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority overseas millions of tons of international and domestic cargo per year at 29 terminal facilities
  • International Customs Service is available at 4 airports, including Detroit Metro Airport, which has daily non-stop passenger service to more than 160 international locations including Japan, China, Europe
  • 4 Class One Railways & 11 interstate Highways
  • Nearly half of the US & Canadian population live within 500 miles
  • Michigan is ranked #1 in available skilled labor
  • Detroit is experiencing faster growth in the IT sector than Silicon Valley
  • 60+ job training programs
  • 557,000 manufacturing workers in Michigan, 231,000 in the Detroit region
  • 2.7 million in the regional labor force
  • The Detroit Region Aerotropolis (DRA) is a seven-community, two-county public-private partnership driving corporate expansion & new investments around Detroit Metro and Willow Run Airports. The DRA offers 6,000 acres of Greenfield development opportunities.
  • The Michigan International Technology Center is located in Western Wayne County.  It is a multi-community collaborative effort with access to over 500 acres of land for development.  Available sites range from 4 to 100 acres.


500+ acre campus that focuses on the testing, verification, & certification of next gen vehicles


MS in Data Science & Business Analytics accommodates the high-demand field of analytics


Engineering & Computer Science program is ranked among the top for 18 consecutive years by U.S. News & World Report


Develops & Deploys advanced lightweight materials & cutting-edge manufacturing technologies


Life science incubator supports the development of new products and technologies

Incentive Coordination

  • Local Tax abatement
  • State & Federal Incentives
  • Brownfield redevelopment support

Site Location Assistance

  • Site Searches
  • Confidential Site Tours
  • Expedited Permitting

Business Connections

  • Pure Michigan Business Connect is your B2B connection
  • Federal & County procurement assistance

Access to Capital

  • Energy Efficiency upgraded loans
  • SBA fixed asset loans
  • Industrial Revenue Bond Financing
  • Funding Preparation
  • Loan review & packaging

We'd love to help you grow your business in Wayne County!

We offer a variety of tools to help businesses locate or expand here in Wayne County. For more information, please contact us by clicking the button below.


Apply to purchase Wayne County owned properties (outside of Detroit)

To view or apply to purchase county-owned properties, please visit the Wayne County Land Bank. If you are interested in city-owned properties in Detroit, please visit www.buildingdetroit.org