Greater Ann Arbor Region attracts $361 million in investment, 2,930 jobs

A campaign to attract businesses to the Greater Ann Arbor Region is yielding terrific results, including more than $361 million in new investment and the creation of 2,930 new jobs. Efforts to keep businesses in the Greater Ann Arbor Region, and help them grow here, have resulted in the retention of more than 1,200 jobs. “The Greater Ann Arbor Region collaboration is a great way to position our assets in the global competition for jobs and investment,”... [Read More...]

Six Counties Form Greater Ann Arbor Region Collaborative to Attract Growing Businesses

Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe and Washtenaw counties have joined together in an effort to attract businesses to the region. The counties are targeting businesses that are seeking a destination for relocation or expansion. “Each of the counties involved in the ‘Greater Ann Arbor Region’ marketing push brings unique strengths and assets to the table, but it’s in the combination of assets that a strong, compelling story emerges,”... [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...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Hires Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund, SPARK East Manager; Promotes Senior Business Development Manager

Ann Arbor SPARK recently added two to its team, Joseph Licavoli and Jake Elbers.  Licavoli fills a new position as manager of the Michigan Pre-Seed Capital Fund.  Elbers is manager of the SPARK East business incubator.  Current Ann Arbor SPARK team member Valerie Christofferson was promoted to senior business development manager. “Joe and Jake fill key positions at Ann Arbor SPARK, and Valerie is a proven, talented professional whose role is... [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...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Begins Livingston County Work, Collaboration

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, recently finalized the agreement to assume management of business attraction efforts for the Economic Development Council (EDC) of Livingston County.  As part of those efforts, Ann Arbor SPARK hired economic development professional Jay Bahr, who will serve as a business development manager for Livingston... [Read More...]

CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Addresses Industrial Cities Symposium at Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Paul Krutko, President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK addressed the Industrial Cities Symposium at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago this week, discussing a new report on the state of manufacturing. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the world’s largest independent non-profit membership and research organization devoted exclusively to the field of economic development announced the release of its research report, “Jobs in the... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK and WCC Partner to Identify and Address Training Needs

Ann Arbor SPARK and the Washtenaw Community College Workforce Development department have joined forces to identify and address the training needs of area businesses in new and innovative ways. Representatives from SPARK, WCC, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will visit 100 companies this year. This is the first time the three organizations have partnered in such a direct and collaborative way.  The goal of the collaboration is to... [Read More...]

Cataphora Expands Operations with New Office in Ann Arbor

Cataphora Inc. today announced the official opening of its newest office, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Cataphora develops innovative software for analysis of individual and organizational behavior. The location was chosen because it provides a business-friendly environment, as well as offering Cataphora the opportunity to take advantage of local talent, notably from the Ann Arbor-based University of Michigan. “Ann Arbor SPARK’s integrated... [Read More...]

Arbor Networks to Add 20 Jobs in Ann Arbor

Arbor Networks recently announced that it plans to add 20 jobs at its location in Ann Arbor.  As part of its expansion, the IT technology security company was awarded a tax abatement to support property improvements and new equipment at its Ann Arbor facility. “Attracting and retaining Arbor Networks in the Ann Arbor region is reflective of Ann Arbor SPARK’s work to help IT businesses grow in the region,” said Paul Krutko,... [Read More...]

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