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Economic Development

Office of Economic Development

Todd Fenton
Economic Development Manager
Phone: 248.246.3208


Recently named one of the Top 10 Most Exciting Small Cities in America and one of Detroit's Top 5 Suburbs for Young Professionals, Royal Oak is a destination for people from all over Metropolitan Detroit.  Nowhere else will you find a greater concentration of award winning boutiques, restaurants, salons, galleries and theatres.

The combined efforts of a proactive city government and Downtown Development Authority have brought about a metamorphosis of the city’s central business district, attracting an energetic mix of technology, creative, and professional service companies.   

That’s our Royal Oak.

Contact us.  We are here to help you make it yours.

Doing Business in Royal Oak

Royal Oak's Retail Community Portal

Royal Oak is aggressively pursuing new retail opportunities throughout the city.  

Click here to access Royal Oak's Community Portal, a comprehensive set of interactive maps, customer profiles, and demographic data which encompasses Royal Oak's retail trade areas and identifies opportunities for underutilized products and services.

Downtown Task Force Report

After a year of study, the Royal Oak Downtown Task
Force, a coalition of community leaders, property owners, and entrepreneurs,
released its vision for the future of economic development in the city.  The report can be
downloaded here.

Additional Business and Talent Development Resources

Royal Oak's PACE Program

Royal Oak is the latest municipality to establish a Property Assessed Clean Energy Program (PACE) in the State of Michigan.  Under the program, commercial building owners may voluntarily assume a special assessment on their property tax bill to finance energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects. 

For more information about Royal Oak’s PACE Program, please visit  An application packet can be downloaded here.

Pure Michigan Business Connect

This statewide procurement database connects businesses to billions of dollars of opportunity to help them expand their supply chains, identify new opportunities and provides free or significantly reduced legal, accounting and web services.

Pure Michigan Talent Connect

Employers and job seekers alike can search an extensive database of job openings, post and view resumes and jobs, view upcoming job fairs and tap into a variety of specialty career services.

Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center

Oakland County's business consultants offer free assistance to Oakland County-based companies with the development of feasibility studies, business plan refinement, and locating appropriate level financing.  A list of upcoming workshops can be found here.

Michigan Works!

Michigan Works! Association events educate, inspire, and train individuals to meet the demands of Michigan employers and job seekers.

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