Ora Pescovitz Talks Economic Opportunity with Paul Krutko

The University of Michigan’s first female executive vice president for Medical Affairs and CEO of the Health System, Dr. Ora Pescovitz, recently took the time to sit down with Ann Arbor SPARK’s CEO Paul Krutko for a CEO Podcast: Conversations on Economic Opportunity. During the course of her conversation with Krutko, Dr. Pescovitz discusses many of the exciting new projects she is working on with the U-M Health System. They discuss the economic... [Read More...]

Dave Brandon Talks Athletics & Economic Impact in SPARK’s Latest CEO Podcast

Michigan Athletics is a global brand that draws in more than 100,000 people and generates around $15 million in economic impact every home football game. David A. Brandon has been the leader of this major economic driver since March 2010. In his conversation with Donna Doleman, VP Marketing, Communications and Talent, Dave discusses his role within the University athletic department, the history and relationship between the University and Ann Arbor... [Read More...]

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Re-cap!

This past November, Ann Arbor SPARK staff participated in the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition (AMIC). AMIC is a 3-day business plan competition highlighting Michigan’s most innovative companies, most of whom are poised to create an immediate economic impact within our state. With this year being the second year of the competition, it was exciting to see how the competition has grown and the statewide attention it has gained.  We met... [Read More...]

Michigan Receives A 2010 Silver Shovel Award

The 5th annual Gold and Silver Shovel awards were recently awarded to U.S. states to celebrate success in job creation and positive economic impact.  The awards were given out by Area Development, a leading executive magazine covering site selection and facility planning.  Silver Shovel awards are given to 10 states in three population categories. Michigan along with Texas and Florida received Silver Shovels in their 10 million population group. ... [Read More...]