Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Sean Heiney

Barracuda Networks announced earlier this year that they would be expanding their operations into the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, where the old Borders store was located. Paul Krutko sat down with Barracuda’s director of new products initiatives, Sean Heiney, as part of SPARK’s podcast series. Q&A Paul:  You are the director of new product initiatives at Barracuda. You’ve been in charge of the Ann Arbor site and you’ve been here since... [Read More...]

Governor Snyder talks Michigan Talent, Business, & Tourism

To listen to the full podcast, please click here. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Governor Snyder discusses AnnArbor.com’s Deals of the Year and three great Ann Arbor success stories, The Corner Brewery, Llamasoft and Barracuda Networks. The Governor also discusses the importance of Michigan talent and the quality of life and how the two benefit the state of Michigan. Hear how business, talent, and... [Read More...]

Barracuda Networks Engineering Team meets in Ann Arbor

Barracuda Network’s engineering leads from around the world met last week in Ann Arbor at SPARK Central Incubator to discuss ways to integrate their product line and produce new innovations to help make the IT guy’s life easier. Check out the video below to see how their stay in Ann Arbor went. The video also includes appearances by SPARK’s own Lori Emerson and Bill Mayer!  Read More →

Mayor Hieftje: Conversations on Economic Opportunity

In August, Paul Krutko, president and CEO of SPARK, sat down with Mayor John Hieftje to discuss economic opportunity in the Ann Arbor region. Mayor Hieftje assumed office in 2000, and has served as the city’s mayor ever since. The Mayor has led the city through a period of tremendous change, including the worst recession since the 1930s. Throughout their conversation, Paul and Mayor Hieftje discuss the significant challenges that have faced the... [Read More...]

Barracuda Networks Doubles Jobs in Ann Arbor

Barracuda Networks Inc. today announced that it will double its number of employees in Ann Arbor, creating 184 high tech and engineering jobs over three years. This move is part of the company’s commitment to invest $6 million in its relocation to 317 Maynard in downtown Ann Arbor. “Barracuda Networks continues to thrive, and Ann Arbor is critical to that success,” said Sean Heiney, director of new product initiatives for Barracuda Networks.... [Read More...]

Pure Michigan Launches Business Attraction Video Touting Ann Arbor

The Pure Michigan campaign featuring Ann Arbor as a destination for business growth recently launched.  The four-minute video, a result of a collaborative effort between Ann Arbor SPARK, the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the Ypsilanti Area CVB, features Ann Arbor business leaders talking about the benefits of locating a company in the region.  It is prominently displayed on... [Read More...]

MichAGAIN – Opening New Pipelines to Talent

Written by Britany Affolter-Caine Talent is a critical key to economic prosperity. In an effort to provide Ann Arbor companies with greater access to talent, Ann Arbor SPARK is in Silicon Valley with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the MichAGAIN series – recruiting trips to regions that have top talent from software developers and marketing professionals to C-level executives and life scientists with Michigan roots and... [Read More...]

Final California Blog

I want to go back to “Google land” where the toilet seats are heated and you are never more than 150 feet from food. My California journey is done and I am now back on eastern standard time. The last day of the trip was a perfect ending to a marvelous journey. Read more.  Read More →