Economic Development

Aerial view of Downtown Royal Oak showing a bustling cityscape.

While the last few years brought unprecedent economic challenges to Southeast Michigan, it has also reinforced why Royal Oak is one of the region’s most desired cities for businesses and families to call home.

We are a vibrant community of people who care deeply about their neighbors, their neighborhoods, and their small business community.  A city that has always valued the arts and cultural diversity as engines of progress.   

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Named one of Livability’s Top 100 Cities to Live, Royal Oak boasts an award-winning school district with six public elementary schools, a public middle school and a public high school that serves 5,000 students. And sprinkled with close to 50 beautiful parks, there is always a place to stop and take life in for the young or young at heart.


As we enter 2022, over $200 million in new projects are underway or nearing completion. Baker College’s $27.6 million, 80,000 square foot facility in downtown Royal Oak will serve about 1,500 students and 50 staff when it opens in 2022. It joins the new $70 million state-of-the-art Henry Ford Health Systems outpatient facility, located next to the city’s new 2-acre downtown gathering place, Centennial Commons.

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This is our Royal Oak. Welcome back if it has been a while, and a gracious and grateful thank you to all of you who have supported our friends, businesses and neighbors throughout 2020 and 2021.

  1. Restaurant Roundup: Goldfish Tea to move, Royal Oak Restaurant Week and more

    After 15 years, Goldfish Tea in Royal Oak is moving to a new location. Also, the opening of Pop's Hani Shop at 32538 Woodward Ave. Additional Info...
  2. Royal Oak makes changes to parking system to add more time to grace period

    The city has signed off on extending the grace period for on-street parking from 5 minutes to 15 minutes, and time limits will increase from two hours to three hours for meters. Additional Info...
  3. Colliers becomes latest commercial real estate company to choose Royal Oak

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