Professional and corporate services industry driving economic growth in Michigan

Kathleen Achtenberg

Thursday, November 12, 2020

Companies continue to choose Michigan, expanding the state's talent and markets.

Rendering of Perrigo’s new North American Corporate Headquarters in the Medical Mile district of Grand Rapids

With a high concentration of tech talent, low cost of living, Pure Michigan quality of life, and a business climate that ranks among the best in the nation, Michigan is rapidly becoming a hotbed for insurance, corporate, and professional service providers to locate and do business.

These companies, which include positions in areas such as customer service representatives, human resources, IT, and more, employ more than 185,000 Michigan residents, ranking Michigan 12th in the nation. Many of these positions pay higher-than-average wages, offer extensive training and often create pathways to leadership opportunities and rewarding careers.

Cities like Lansing are growing hubs for insurance companies, providing a deep talent pool and innovative approaches to growing the industry. Lansing is also home to PROTO Accelerator, a startup accelerator that provides physical product and insurtech startups with the capital, expertise and customer base to bring their ideas to market.

With support from the Michigan Strategic Fund and its partners, these job-creating companies continue to choose Michigan to locate their headquarters and businesses, tapping into the concentration of talent available for professional and corporate services industries:

  • In October, global consumer self-care provider Perrigo announced it was planning to establish its North American Corporate Headquarters in Grand Rapids within Michigan State University’s Grand Rapids Innovation Park in the city’s Medical Mile district. The project is expected to generate $44.7 million in private investment and create 170 well-paying jobs, including executive, senior corporate, and business unit leadership positions, for Michigan workers.
  • In August, Clearcover Inc., a high-tech Chicago-based insurance carrier, announced plans to expand its presence to the city of Detroit to support its business functions, including its industry-leading customer experience team and claims team. The project is expected to generate a total private investment of $5 million and create up to 300 high-wage jobs.
  • Acrisure, one of the top 10 insurance brokers worldwide, is relocating and expanding its headquarters to downtown Grand Rapids. When completed, the project is expected is expected to generate an investment of $33 million. Acrisure has also committed to creating and maintaining a minimum of 400 new high-paying jobs, above the current statewide employment level of 873, with an average wage of $74,464.
  • In November 2019, GTB Agency, LLC announced plans to move into a large existing building in the city of Detroit where GTB and several of its related agencies will be located. The creative transformation company provides an integrated offer of communications, experience, commerce and technology to global companies, the largest of which is Ford. The project involves the creation of 182 qualified new jobs and will generate a total capital investment of up to $19.2 million.

“The decisions by leading companies like Acrisure, Clearcover, WPP and many others to expand or establish a presence in Michigan highlight our growing professional and corporate services industry and underscore the strength of our business climate and talented workforce,” said MEDC Chief Business Development Officer and Executive Vice President Josh Hundt.

With the growing professional services sector and the talent pipeline in the state, Michigan is uniquely positioned to provide companies with workforce needs in manufacturing, R&D and a company headquarters all in one location.

Today, 16 headquarters of Fortune 500 companies are located in the state and Michigan outperforming the U.S. in headquarters employment growth – increasing 17 percent between 2015 and 2019 – as well as talent costs of one-third less than coastal markets like Connecticut, New Jersey, DC, and Massachusetts, Michigan is the logical choice for companies like Acrisure to choose to call home.

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