Livingston County Partners with Flint MTA to Help Increase the Talent Pipeline

Livingston County Partners with Flint MTA to Help Increase the Talent Pipeline It’s no secret that quality talent is critical to a business’s success. During post-recession recovery, the unemployment rate in Michigan has consistently declined, reaching rates lower than the national average. In fact, 25 percent of Michigan residents live in one of 13 counties with an annual average unemployment rate below four percent (BLS, Census). While these... [Read More...]

Detroit regional Chamber and County Partners Sign Agreement to Collaborate on Business Attraction for Southeast Michigan

DETROIT, March 31, 2015: Today,theDetroit Regional Chamber and 11 economic development organizations representing Southeast Michigan signed a protocol agreement to continue to collaborate on business attraction efforts designed to bring increased national and foreign investment to the region. “Economically successful regions collaborate and work well together to market themselves to the world,” said Sandy K. Baruah, president and CEO, Detroit... [Read More...]

Shining an International Spotlight on Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko is attending the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP) World Conference this week. Krutko gave a presentation at the pre-conference, using Ann Arbor as a model for other Areas of Innovation, and shining an international spotlight on our region. He also made a presentation as a part of the full conference specifically on the progress Ann Arbor is making as a region. Krutko... [Read More...]

Koppert Biological Systems Develops Unmanned Ground Vehicle with the Help of University of Michigan Talent

Koppert Biological Systems is the worldwide leader in the research, development and production of beneficial insects that protect and pollinate crops. Koppert Biological Systems provides a full complement of biological controls and natural pollination products to both the professional grower and the home gardening enthusiast. Koppert has locations throughout the world, but has its Michigan operations in Hartland Township, where they produce bumblebees... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Helps Orchid Secure Incentives to Support $2 Million Investment & New Jobs

With the assistance of Ann Arbor SPARK, Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, LLC recently secured incentives that will help the company add nine new jobs and invest more than $2 million at its facility in Lima Township, Mich., Orchid MacDee, LLC (Orchid Chelsea). Orchid Orthopedic Solutions is a worldwide leader in contract manufacturing of medical devices. The incentives, awarded by Lima Township to Orchid Chelsea in the form of an Industrial Facilities... [Read More...]

Larry Freed: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Larry Freed is managing partner of Second Stage Partners, where early and second stage companies are assisted with efficiently increasing their revenue to achieve business maturity. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Larry discusses his success as president and CEO of ForeSee, the launch of Second Stage Partners, and the three-phase framework it offers its clients. Listen to the podcast at this link.  Read More →

Ann Arbor SPARK Supports Expansion of Toyota Technical Center

Toyota to Invest $32.5 million, Add 250 Jobs in Region Ann Arbor SPARK provided critical support to Toyota Technical Center in York Charter Township, Mich., throughout its process of securing incentives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that will help the company expand in the region. Toyota has committed to investing $32.5 million in expanding its Technical Center, where it will add 250 jobs in the next five years. “We greatly... [Read More...]

Focused on the Future, Ann Arbor Michigan

This article was originally published at Business In Focus, for the August 2014 issue.  The community grew up around the University of Michigan, which is one of the top three publicly funded research universities in the nation. The institution both attracts and develops talent, and encourages a culture of innovation. “Ann Arbor is a significant area of innovation in the United States,” Mr. Krutko points out. “We are bringing new innovations... [Read More...]

Pinkerton Relocates Corporate Headquarters to Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor SPARK to provide talent services as company expands Pinkerton, the industry’s leading provider of risk management services and solutions for organizations throughout the world, recently moved its corporate headquarters to Ann Arbor. The company is relocating from New Jersey. Pinkerton offers organizations a range of corporate risk management services from security consulting and investigations to executive protection, employment screening... [Read More...]

Another Successful Year for Livingston County Michigan Works!

Livingston County Michigan Works! (LCMW) has had another successful year working with area businesses and job seekers.  During the period of July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014, we continued to focus on demand-based training.  By serving employers as our primary customer, we have used various training funds to support our local businesses and assist them in their expansion doing so in a cost-effective, responsible manner. The Skilled Trades Training... [Read More...]

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