Automation Alley plans its biggest event ever, looking at Industry 4.0

Automation Alley has come a long way during its 20-year history, mirroring the tale of our region and how technology has dramatically impacted business.

The nonprofit business organization was created by late Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson after hearing complaints from firms about the lack of qualified workers for tech jobs. Patterson, who died in August of pancreatic cancer, launched Automation Alley to address that gap and hopefully keep firms from leaving — a huge issue as the state was losing jobs by the thousands.

It’s still part of the group’s mission as the organization prepares to hold its largest event yet — Integr8 on Nov. 6 at TCF Center (formerly Cobo Center), where 1,000 people and companies from across the globe will convene.