5 Things You Should Take Away from Swisher’s 2017 Year-End Vacancy Report

Happy (belated) New Year! Along with all the end of 2017 “wrap ups” and 2018 predictions is Swisher’s 2017 Year-End Vacancy Report, released January 6th. Swisher has been doing this analysis for 25 years, and it remains the most comprehensive snapshot of commercial real estate vacancy in Ann Arbor. As Director of Research for Ann Arbor SPARK, part of …

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U-M CREDIT UNION NAMED A 2017 BEST AND BRIGHTEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN THE NATION

U-M CREDIT UNION NAMED A 2017 BEST AND BRIGHTEST COMPANIES TO WORK FOR IN THE NATION ANN ARBOR, Mich. (January 9, 2018) – The University of Michigan Credit Union (UMCU) has been named one of the 2017 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in the Nation by the National Association for Business Resources. The …

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Economic growth continued in Livingston County in 2017

Economic growth continued in Livingston County in 2017; companies are continuing to grow and invest in the region. Notably, Ann Arbor SPARK had the opportunity to assist Thai Summit with their Howell expansion project, connecting two separate facilities into one large operation. This project garnered local support from the City of Howell by bringing in …

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Zomedica Pharmaceuticals Corp. Enters into License and Supply Agreement with Celsee, Inc. for Cancer Liquid Biopsy Platform Targeting non-invasive veterinary cancer diagnostic assay

  ANN ARBOR, Mich., Dec. 21, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Zomedica Pharmaceuticals Corp. (NYSE American:ZOM) (TSX-V:ZOM) (“Zomedica” or “Company”), a veterinary pharmaceutical and diagnostic company, today announced it has entered into a license and supply agreement with Celsee, Inc. (“Celsee”), an innovator of progressive rare cell capture, characterization and retrieval products in the emerging field …

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American Center for Mobility Open for Testing

YPSILANTI TWP., Mich., Dec. 13, 2017 – The American Center for Mobility (ACM) has opened its state-of- the-art proving grounds for testing this week, with Visteon Corporation and Toyota Research Institute on site to begin testing operations, and others scheduling for next week. Located on the 500-acre historic Willow Run site in Ypsilanti Township, ACM …

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Applied Dynamics International to Invest $4.4 Million, Create 100+ Jobs in Ann Arbor

Applied Dynamics International received Michigan Strategic Fund approval for support, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced today. Applied Dynamics International, Inc., founded in 1957 in Ann Arbor, specializes in advanced computing and helps companies make better use of simulation assets through all stages of product development, testing, demonstration, training, and maintenance. The company, which is experiencing …

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Orbion Space Technology takes $500,000 top prize at Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

For eight years Ann Arbor SPARK has played a key role in one of the largest business plan competitions in the world.  SPARK was the original producer of the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition, which every year has awarded a top prize of $500,000, of which SPARK provides $250,000.  This year, the top prize went to …

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Michigan Works! Southeast Receives $2.6+ Million to Help Area Businesses

Michigan Works! Southeast will receive more than $2.6+ million from the Michigan Talent Investment agency to train workers at 61 companies in the region, including ten companies in Livingston County.  The grant awards are part of the state’s Skilled Trades Training Fund, which is now in its fifth year.  The Fund provides competitive awards for …

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Ann Arbor SPARK, EDCLC Celebrate Economic Successes at Annual Meeting

This year, our Annual Meeting for Livingston County was a great success. Along with our partners at the Economic Development Council of Livingston County(EDCLC), we had the opportunity to recognize companies that drove economic growth over the last year and shared our work in Livingston County with the community. In addition, we were fortunate to …

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Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Mercy Health will join together to form one Michigan-wide health system

 CANTON and NORTON SHORES, Mich. – (Nov. 15, 2017) – The Trinity Health-owned health systems of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) in southeast Michigan and Mercy Health in west Michigan today announced they will combine their two systems into one statewide system to create a strong, people-centered care delivery network  across Michigan. Rob Casalou, …

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Visteon Partners with American Center for Mobility as Founding Member, Driving Development of Autonomous Vehicles

With $5 million investment, Visteon becomes first Tier 1 supplier to partner with national automated vehicle proving ground Visteon will benefit from testing, validation and self-certification of connected and automated vehicles at 500-plus acre Willow Run site Teaming with ACM enhances development of Visteon’s DriveCore™ autonomous driving platform VAN BUREN TOWNSHIP, Mich., Nov. 13, 2017 …

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Washtenaw Community College Signs Five-Year Contract for Apprenticeship Training with National Sprinkler Fitter Union

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Nov. 8, 2017 – Washtenaw Community College and the Sprinkler Fitters of UA Local Union 669 signed a five-year contract extension today to continue the college’s involvement in providing the educational component of the union’s apprenticeship program. The agreement will extend the contract through December 2022. “We are very proud to continue …

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UM-Dearborn’s iLabs’ eCities research recognizes City of Dexter for developing a positive entrepreneurial climate

UM-Dearborn’s iLabs’ eCities research recognizes City of Dexter for developing a positive entrepreneurial climate (Dexter, MI), November 7, 2017 – The City of Dexter is one of four communities across the state of Michigan to have been identified for the strategies they employ to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development, according to the annual eCities …

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Ann Arbor SPARK Hires Komal Doshi as Director of Mobility Programs

November 8, 2017 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. — Ann Arbor SPARK recently hired Komal Doshi as its entrepreneurial services director of mobility programs.  In this role, Doshi will work with existing and new startups to identify and solve challenges, engage stakeholders, and build new relationships within the mobility industry. This new position at Ann Arbor SPARK, …

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What to expect at this year’s Accelerate Michigan

Through dedication, hard work, and community support, 15 of Ann Arbor SPARK’s clients have earned spots as Accelerate Michigan (AMIC) semifinalists against strong competition. These companies are within striking distance of prizes and recognition that could lead to an inflection point in their growth. These same 15 startups represent 42% of this year’s pool of 36 semifinalists. …

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