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...]

Kauffman Study Shows Impact of Business Accelerator Efforts on SE Michigan Start-Ups

A new Kauffman Foundation study shows the results of business accelerator efforts by Southeast Michigan’s economic development organizations.  Combined, Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley, Macomb-OU INCubator and TechTown , collectively known as the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, have: Created more than 1,000 jobs Invested approximately $18 million in hundreds of start-up companies Secured more than $101.2 million in... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK Takes Top Honors at MEDA, IEDC Awards

Ann Arbor SPARK’s marketing materials recently took top honors from the Michigan Economic Development Association.  Also, our business accelerator was awarded honorable mention from the International Economic Development Council. Valerie Christofferson accepts Ann Arbor SPARK's IEDC award. L to R: William Best, FM – Chairman of the IEDC Board of Directors; Christofferson; Timothy Solomon, CEcD – Chairman of the IEDC Awards Task Force... [Read More...]