Like many rustbelt cities, Pontiac has had its fortunes rise, crash and, with the hard work of residents, business owners, community organizations and financial investments, bounce back in a way that is meaningful and, hopefully, sustainable.
In the past few years, Pontiac has enjoyed a revival of sorts in terms of company growth, retail expansion, and renewed tourism. With any revival, there are smaller ups and downs to the process, and the loss of a few high-profile additions has challenged Pontiac in the short term. But many observers agree that Pontiac is moving toward the tipping point toward a long-term renaissance.
Businesses are among the many cheerleaders that see Pontiac’s potential. There’s new investment, such as longtime Pontiac construction management firm George W. Auch Co. building a new facility for its company, the first new-from-the-ground-up project in Pontiac in a long time.
Then there are the newcomers. There’s Williams International Co. LLC, an aerospace defense contractor, that is moving to Pontiac from Commerce Township.
And Troy-based United Shore will be moving its headquarter to Pontiac in summer 2018, gaining 600,000 square feet of office space and a nearly 60-acre campus.
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