The Oakland County Business Development team will head to Silicon Valley on Saturday in an effort to connect some of the county’s 2,000 information technology companies with collaborations in California.
“Silicon Valley has a reputation as the high tech and innovation mecca of the United States,” says L. Brooks Patterson, executive of Oakland. “Not so fast. We sloths in the Midwest, and particularly in Oakland County, have caught up like the tortoise with the hare. This is the place where innovation begins.”
The team represents both Medical Main Street, a member organization of life science, biotechnology, pharmacology, and health care industries, and Tech248, an initiative to help technology companies collaborate and attract talent to Oakland County.
The two-person business development team will meet with representatives from Apple and Hewlett Packard, among other companies, on their five-day trip in California. The team will also attend the Integrate 2015 Conference and Expo in Santa Clara. The conference is focused on integrating technology companies.
Oakland County has also sent representatives to the Frankfurt Auto Show in Germany and a trade mission to Japan in September.