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...]

MEDC Awards Ann Arbor SPARK $100,000 for MichAGAIN

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) recently awarded $100,000 to Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region.  Ann Arbor SPARK will use the funding to manage MichAGAIN trips to Boston, Chicago, Palo Alto, and Washington, D.C. this year. “MichAGAIN is a platform for evangelizing the state in areas rich with talent and growing businesses,”... [Read More...]

Bay Area CEO’s Experience Pure Michigan

It was a chilly but eventful Monday in the Valley for our MichAGAIN team. After visiting many coffee shops, some owned by Michiganders (shout out to Good Karma Cafe), speaking with students in the Society of Computer Engineering at San Jose State University, and learning about the Hacker Dojo in Mountain View (stay tuned for tomorrow’s update) it was time for our CEO to CEO dinner. No, there is no free parking in San Jose either! It was highly attended... [Read More...]