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International Landing Zone

If you are a foreign company looking to land lucrative Defense and Homeland Security contracts, consider applying for the International Landing Zone (ILZ) program.

Situated at the Michigan Defense Center and within Michigan’s defense corridor, the ILZ provides space for international companies interested in exploring the feasibility of opening or expanding operations in the United States.

The ILZ can help your company:

  • Meet potential customers
  • Gain access to mentors and industry experts
  • Expand and extend contractor relationships
  • Explore adjacent industrial sectors
Internal-Landing-Zone-a Enjoy physical space benefits, including:

  • Co-located with the Michigan Defense Center
  • Well-appointed office with full suite of amenities and support, including phone and mailbox
  • Dedicated meeting and training rooms
  • Access to local training and workshops
  • Large printers
  • Videoconferencing technology

Application Process:

Click here to access the online application.

Companies that submit successful applications will be invited to conduct an interview with the Michigan Defense Center team and key partners.

Step 1
Submit a completed application to determine eligibility at the Michigan Defense Center’s International Landing Zone.

Step 2
The Michigan Defense Center directors and key partners will invite successful applicants to participate in an interview.

Step 3
Applicants who have successfully completed both the application and the interview will be notified of admission to the ILZ within five business days. Companies selected to locate to the International Landing Zone will be invited to move in to their designated space for a six-month period.

Michigan Cyber Range: Test. Teach. Train.

Michigan is where the worlds of commercial auto, military vehicles, robotics and aerospace align. Here, R&D, talent and testing come together in a symbiotic relationship and cyber is the link between these vehicles of the future.

Vehicles are no longer just steel and rubber but platforms for complicated and interconnected communications and computers. Commercial vehicles currently have up to 200 million lines of code that must be tested and protected. Autonomy is no longer a futuristic dream. Their reality requires protecting these systems; that’s where the Michigan Cyber Range (MCR) comes into play.

An unclassified, private cloud operated by Merit, the MCR delivers cybersecurity classes and exercises and enables product development and testing to clients and Merit members across the nation and throughout the world.

Michigan has more unclassified cyber hubs than any other state in the nation, making us the “go to” place for students, workforce professionals, academia and government to test their skills through various hacking exercises. Via these cyber hubs, these entities are able to gain educational experience, and validate the security of software technologies and perform penetration testing on their networks.

Learn more about Michigan’s Cyber Hubs


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  • 04

    8:30 am-12:00 pm
    Detroit Athletic Club
    241 Madison Avenue Detroit, MI 48226

    The Michigan Defense Center, at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, will introduce you to tools and grand programs specifically developed for Michigan companies to successfully pursue federal and DoD contracts.

    • Meet and hear from Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence about the federal budget
    • Gain from new tools and grant programs assisting Michigan companies in defense
    • Engage with Defense Prime Contractors. Learn how to enter their supply chain
    • Learn about Organizations, local and state resources to grow your business
    • Understand NIST/Cybersecurity compliance and technology in contracting
    • Interact, inquire and network

    Monday, February 4


    Detroit Athletic Club
    The Gearing Room
    241 Madison Avenue
    Detroit, MI 48226


    Register here 

  • 17

    All day
    Abu Dhabi
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    No additional detail for this event.

  • 21

    5:00 pm-9:00 pm
    Jenuwine Cigar Lounge
    44701 Schoenherr, Sterling Heights, MI

    Start 2019 by joining us for another night of fun and cigars with all proceeds going to the Fisher House of Michigan in Detroit.

    We will have a 52 card raffle for a weekend getaway, jewelry, and other prizes, appetizers, and cigar specials.

    $30 advance registration or $40 at the door.

    For any questions contact Event Chair Susan Davis-Kienscherf at

    Register here