Nine southeastern Michigan communities are signing on to a plan to create a 60,000-acre “aerotropolis” to lure aviation-related businesses to the area near Detroit Metropolitan Airport, according to a June 16 Forbes online report.
Officials are scheduled sign a deal in Taylor, Michigan, on June 17 to form the Aerotropolis Development Corp. Backers say the plan could create up to 64,000 jobs and add $10 billion in annual economic activity in the region.
The land is between Detroit Metro and the cargo-oriented Willow Run Airport. The Detroit News reported that the governments involved are the cities of Belleville, Romulus, Taylor and Ypsilanti; Washtenaw and Wayne counties; Washtenaw County’s Ypsilanti Township; and Wayne County’s Huron and Van Buren townships, Forbes said.
To read the full report: www.forbes.com/feeds/ap/2009/06/16/ap6551928.html