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TROY, MI-The Troy City Council has agreed to establish a SmartZone, joining Automation Alley’s SmartZone that’s proposed to be part of a certified technology park. The park is located at Big Beaver, at the site of the old Big Beaver Airport, plus Big Beaver Technology Park, including the former Preston Trucking facility.

The certified technology park would be a joint local development financing authority, like those around the state that are high-tech clusters serving as centers on innovation and technology transfer. They have already attracted 21 companies and investment of more than $100 million statewide, and have six new business incubator facilities in operation or under construction.

One of the Troy parks will include the new Automation Alley headquarters, a planned 20,000-sf building in the 75-acre business and technology park now owned by Liberty Property Trust of Malvern, PA.The SmartZones are designed to attract high-tech companies, provide support by universities and research institutes and foster collaboration with local governments.

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