Aerotropolis Update Sept. 2017

Rob Luce, executive director of Aerotropolis Detroit, updated the LDFA on the offerings of the new and improved Aerotropolis including efforts on thirty-six projects since he took over the role six months ago. Six of those projects are in Huron Township.

Luce brings more than a decade of experience as director of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICH auto and Automotive Retention & Growth initiative. There he oversaw marketing of the state’s automotive assets, lobbying for the industry in Lansing, attracting automotive investment, and creating initiatives to help improve the talent pipeline for auto companies.

Luce also has political experience as a fundraising director for a state Senate campaign and as a legislative aide in the state Senate. He has also worked in government relations and as an executive mortgage banker at Quicken Loans Inc.

Detroit Region Aerotropolis is a public/private agency that advocates for investment in the Detroit Metropolitan Airport region. The agency is supported by various public and private entities including DTE Energy Co., Wayne County Airport Authority, cities surrounding the Metro Airport, and Washtenaw and Wayne counties.

Municipalities that are part of the Aerotropolis are given a quarterly report and opportunity for bid with the RFP’s and promoted at Trade shows. The RFP’s, which usually range about four per week, are generally based on acreage needs. Huron Township has four properties available at the 25 plus acres and in the seven properties in the 10-25 acres range to be promoted by the group.

Because the Aerotropolis is a seven-community, two-county, public/private partnership driving corporate expansion and new investments around Detroit Metro & Willow Run Airports it is an individually run entity. It is funded by municipalities that are involved with the collation currently including Romulus, Van Buren, Taylor, and others. It also has one private funding investment which they intend to increase next year.

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