Ann Arbor SPARK Awarded IEDC Excellence Award for New Media Marketing

Ann Arbor SPARK was recently honored for its New Media marketing efforts with a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). Details on Ann Arbor SPARK’s new media marketing strategy are offered in a new video: “Ann Arbor SPARK markets the region to a diverse audience, including entrepreneurs to site selectors to investors.  To successfully reach these different groups, it’s important... [Read More...]

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...]

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...]

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...]