Meet the Detroit Regional Partnership

VIP by DRP is an award-winning program from the Detroit Regional Partnership (DRP)—an economic development nonprofit dedicated to promoting the 11-County Detroit Region in Michigan. Our team offers confidential, no-cost assistance to domestic and international companies interested in exploring our region for future investment.

The Detroit Regional Partnership serves as a convenient single point of contact, connecting you with all the necessary resources, partners and competitive advantages of our region. We help you navigate our real estate market, find skilled talent in our community, secure local incentives and even support your project management. Whether you’re expanding your manufacturing operations or building a global headquarters, our team is here to make your vision a reality.

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Explore the 11-County Detroit Region

The Detroit Region is a place where global leaders grow. Companies from all around the world come to our region because we offer a diverse and skilled workforce, a low cost of living, and an innovative research community—all from a bustling logistics hub on the U.S.-Canada border.

At the heart of the region, you’ll find the City of Detroit, famously known as the Motor City and the birthplace of the automotive industry. But the Detroit Region is also home to 11 beautiful counties along the Great Lakes shoreline with major metropolitan cities like Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, Novi, and Southfield. Together, these 11 counties operate as a collaborative business community, connecting you with an unparalleled network of industry leaders, cutting-edge startups and trusted partners ready to support your growth.

Join the Largest Automotive Cluster in North America

From smart manufacturing to electric vehicles, the historic Motor City is shaping the future of the advanced mobility industry. Michigan is currently the #1 State in the U.S. for Automotive R&D and Production—with 26 OEM headquarters and tech centers in the Detroit Region alone. Now, we are building on our existing automotive expertise to create a more sustainable future, where the Detroit Region stands as the Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM).

The VIP by DRP program is one facet of the GEM strategy, aimed at increasing our region’s ability to attract advanced mobility and manufacturing investments. We will continue to prioritize support for mobility and manufacturing projects that strengthen the Detroit Region’s automotive leadership for generations to come.

Program Contact

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Shannon Selby

Vice President of Real Estate