Building Relationships

By: Luke Bonner, VP of Business Development, Ann Arbor SPARK SPARK’s Business Development is constantly working to build relationships within the Ann Arbor region through business retention visits & networking events. The last month the SPARK Business Development team has been working on overdrive to create new opportunities for the region, and working just as diligent to seal some deals.  SPARK has spent time in Atlanta and Toronto following... [Read More...]

Another Blog from Austin, Texas!

After grabbing lunch with Maureen Krauss, Director of Oakland County Economic Development & Community Fairs, at Jason’s Deli we both agreed that it good but NO Zingerman’s! We were then off to our meeting with AngelouEconomics to chat with Steve Vierck, President of Economic Development. Steve is a native of the Midwest. We agree the view from his office is pretty amazing BUT I bet he misses the beautiful fall colors we are enjoying right... [Read More...]

“Open Source” Economic Development

Economic development in Michigan should take a page from the playbook of the ever-evolving software industry. Its “open source” philosophy – the source code that drives development should be open and available to all – is a model that can propel Michigan’s success in growing, retaining, and attracting business. Michael Finney, SPARK President & CEO Ann Arbor SPARK has taken steps to pilot this approach to economic development by designing... [Read More...]