FDI is a Top Priority for U.S. Economic Development Organizations

  Original ITA Blog Post - By: Paul Krutko   Each incoming chair of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), the largest organization of economic development professionals in the world, establishes a theme for the upcoming year that will be his or her top priority. I determined that emphasizing the attraction of foreign direct investment (FDI) as a local and regional economic development strategy would be my theme for 2013.... [Read More...]

IEDC Honors Ann Arbor SPARK with Accredited Economic Development Organization Designation

Ann Arbor SPARK recently earned designation as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The AEDO program accredits local and state economic development entities, regional public-private economic development partnerships, the economic development departments of utility companies, and nonprofit business associations. A video of the awards presentation is available online: http://youtu.be/ic0LS29U1wo “The... [Read More...]

Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Jeff Finkle

Jeff Finkle is the president and CEO of the International Economic Development Council, and was recently the keynote speaker at SPARK’s Annual Meeting. Paul Krutko, president and CEO of SPARK, got the chance to sit down with Jeff and discuss the economy from a national perspective. Here are a few excerpts from the conversation: Jeff Finkle, IEDC Paul: While I’m very familiar with the International Economic Development Council, I don’t know that... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK President, CEO, Elected Chair of International Economic Development Council

Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko was recently elected chair of the International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) board of directors. Krutko will retire his past role as vice chair to begin his new, one-year term in January 2013. “It is truly an honor to have been elected chair of IEDC, the world’s leading membership organization of economic development professionals,” Krutko said. “The vision and leadership... [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

IEDC Elects SPARK CEO Paul Krutko as its New Vice Chair

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) recently elected Paul Krutko, FM, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK as vice chair of the Board of Directors.  Krutko will complete his term as IEDC’s secretary/treasurer and will become vice chair in January 2012. “It has been both an honor and a pleasure serving as secretary/treasurer of IEDC, the world’s leading membership organization of economic development professionals,”... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Wins Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council

We’re proud to have been recognized by the International Economic Development Council with an Excellence in Economic Development Award.  The award recognized the MichAGAIN campaign in the category of Human Capital for communities with populations of 200,000 – 500,000. “We recognize Ann Arbor SPARK for providing successful strategies to promote new standards in economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Dennis Coleman,... [Read More...]

Reflection on the IEDC Annual Conference: Day Three

This week, I’m sharing my experiences from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) 2010 Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio. Day 3 The day began with great discussions from Honorable John Fernandez, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Department of Commerce, and James Hagedorn, CEO and Chairman of the Board, Scotts Miracle-Gro, Marysville, Ohio. It was exciting to hear Mr. Fernandez speak about the importance... [Read More...]

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