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...]

PBS NewsHour: In Ann Arbor, Michigan Finds Its Life Preserver

PBS NewsHour features Ann Arbor Michigan as “a city with a vibrant downtown, a cutting-edge information technology incubator, filled with smart young entrepreneurs, and a deli packed with foodies waiting to buy $40 cheese. You might be surprised to find yourself in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The city is like a life preserver, floating in a state whose economy has been sinking for a decade. Across the country, cities like Ann Arbor, homes to big public... [Read More...]

Entrepreneur awards and VC program features SPARK’s Amy Cell

From Crain’s Detroit Business Nov. 11, 2009; “The seven winners joined about 140 attendees this morning at a networking breakfast followed by peer-to-peer strategy sessions. Chris Rizik, president and CEO of the Renaissance Venture Capital Fund, presented a session on pitching to venture capitalists and angel investors with Amy Cell, vice president of Ann Arbor Spark. It’s important to understand the role of venture capital, Rizik... [Read More...]