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Automation Alley’s signature Global Economic Outlook on January 19 offers in-person and virtual options

New venue in 2022: The Townsend Hotel

Media Contacts: Barbara Fornasiero, EAFocus Communications,, 248.260.8466; Nicole Kampe, Automation Alley;; 248.457.3301

Troy, Mich. –January 4, 2022 – Automation Alley is pleased to announce the return of its Global Economic Outlook for 2022 and Beyond. The conference, which will be held at the Townsend Hotel in Birmingham for the first time – as well though a virtual platform – brings together international business experts to discuss how companies can position themselves for future strategic success.  

“With the impact of the pandemic still being widely felt through global supply chain slowdowns, labor shortages and the rise of permanently remote workplaces, the 2022 Global Economic Outlook promises to be a dynamic forum for in-depth conversations on managing the challenges ahead while maximizing new opportunities,” Kelly said. “I’m looking forward to a lively discussion on how digital transformation will be the catalyst driving companies to success as we advance further into this decade.”  

The morning’s topics will include the pandemic’s continued impact on the economic, political, and social outlook worldwide, the U.S.-China trade conflict, how nationalism, populism and the decoupling of trade and investment may lead to even frostier relations between the world’s leading economies, and the mid-term elections and how they may weigh on Wall Street and influence public policies.  

Speakers for the event include:

  • Quentin L. Messer, Jr., CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and President and Chair, Michigan Strategic Fund
  • Noel Nevshehir, Director of International Business Services and Global Strategic Partnerships, Automation Alley
  • James E. Glassman, Managing Director, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Head Economist, Chase Commercial Banking
  • Chris Holman, Founder and CEO, Michigan Business Network

The speakers will offer their insights on projected trends in manufacturing and two-way trade and investment flows and identify industries and countries that will either benefit or be challenged by globalization.  

The event will be held from 8-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 19. Tickets for the event, both in-person and virtual, are $79 for Automation Alley members and $89 for non-members. Additional event details and registration can be found here.  

Strategically moving forward, Automation Alley intends to offer a virtual option for all in-person events, as members and those in the business community, regardless of location, seek to increase their knowledge of the software transformation taking place in manufacturing.  

About Automation Alley

Automation Alley is a World Economic Forum Advanced Manufacturing Hub (AMHUB) for North America and a nonprofit Industry 4.0 knowledge center with a global outlook and a regional focus. We facilitate public-private partnerships by connecting industry, education and government to fuel Michigan's economy and accelerate innovation. Our programs give businesses a competitive advantage by helping them along every step of their digital transformation journey. We obsess over disruptive technologies like AI, the Internet of Things and automation, and work hard to make these complex concepts easier for companies to understand and implement. Visit


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