Koppert Biological Systems Develops Unmanned Ground Vehicle with the Help of University of Michigan Talent

Koppert Biological Systems is the worldwide leader in the research, development and production of beneficial insects that protect and pollinate crops. Koppert Biological Systems provides a full complement of biological controls and natural pollination products to both the professional grower and the home gardening enthusiast. Koppert has locations throughout the world, but has its Michigan …

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Focused on the Future, Ann Arbor Michigan

This article was originally published at Business In Focus, for the August 2014 issue.  The community grew up around the University of Michigan, which is one of the top three publicly funded research universities in the nation. The institution both attracts and develops talent, and encourages a culture of innovation. “Ann Arbor is a significant …

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Another Successful Year for Livingston County Michigan Works!

Livingston County Michigan Works! (LCMW) has had another successful year working with area businesses and job seekers.  During the period of July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014, we continued to focus on demand-based training.  By serving employers as our primary customer, we have used various training funds to support our local businesses and assist …

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Greater Ann Arbor Region attracts $361 million in investment, 2,930 jobs

A campaign to attract businesses to the Greater Ann Arbor Region is yielding terrific results, including more than $361 million in new investment and the creation of 2,930 new jobs. Efforts to keep businesses in the Greater Ann Arbor Region, and help them grow here, have resulted in the retention of more than 1,200 jobs. …

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Livingston Regional Job Fair to be held April 16th

At the 2014 Livingston Regional Job Fair local job seekers will have the opportunity to connect with over 50 area companies who are looking to hire. The event will be open from 11am-3pm on Wednesday, April 16th at Crystal Gardens Banquet Center in Howell located at 5768 East Grand River Avenue in Genoa Township. In …

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Want to grow? Work locally, but think globally

By Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK Last year, Michigan set a record. Nearly $60 billion in goods were exported from Michigan — a 3 percent increase from 2012. Every billion dollars of exports supports around 5,000 U.S. jobs, giving us a significant reason to focus our attention on these export markets. Livingston …

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Thomson Plastics Opens Howell Township Manufacturing Facility, Plans to Create 46 New Jobs and Invest Nearly $4 million

With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, Thomson Plastics, Inc. is expanding to Michigan, with a new manufacturing operation in Howell Township. As part of establishing its facility in Howell Township – its first in Michigan – Thomson Plastics plans to create 46 new jobs and invest nearly $4 million over two years. “Thomson Plastics’ decision …

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Four Livingston County Companies Received a Total of Over $235,000 in Skilled Trades Training Funds

Four Livingston County companies are among more than 90 companies statewide that have received training funds from the state’s Workforce Development Agency as part of the new Skilled Trades Training Fund program.  Area companies awarded grants include CRW Plastics USA, Inc., ($95,000); Thai Summit America Corporation ($90,035), Total Security Solutions, Inc. ($17,936) and Brighton NC …

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ToolWorx of Livingston County Awarded Patent

Brighton, MI — ToolWorx Information Products, Inc. (“ToolWorx”), of Brighton, Michigan announces that it has been awarded patent #8,485,429 for its SmartVision™ labeling system designed in response to the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI). This unique labeling system allows produce growers to use standard graphics and markings to identify produce in containers and automatically print the …

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Livingston County Retains Moody’s Investors Service Highest Credit Rating

Livingston County is very pleased to announce that on April 15, 2013 Moody’s Investors Service assigned a Aaa rating to the upcoming refunding bond issuances, while also affirming its Aaa credit rating of the County’s outstanding debt. The Aaa rating is the highest credit rating awarded by Moody’s and is shared by only three (3) other counties in …

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Lake Trust Credit Union Announces New $30 Million Brighton Township Headquarters

(LANSING, MI) – Lake Trust Credit Union announced plans today to build a new $30 million headquarters on approximately 17-acre site adjoining US 23 just north of I-96 near Brighton.  Lake Trust is also committed to expanding the credit unions’ retail network throughout Michigan, including in Lansing and Plymouth.  Lake Trust plans to invest a …

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Steady Job Growth Will Continue for Several Michigan Counties

Last week, the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment, and the Economy released a regional employment study that showed an impressive growth plan for the area. The study covered Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, and Shiawassee counties. Job growth is accompanied by slowly declining unemployment and relatively tame price inflation. …

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U-M Economists to Deliver Three-Year Regional Jobs Forecast for Economic Growth Alliance at Lapeer Country Club

WATERFORD, Mich.  – Feb. 12, 2013 – University of Michigan economists Dr. George Fulton and Donald Grimes will be giving a three-year snapshot of the regional employment forecast at a luncheon on Feb. 21 at the Lapeer Country Club. The event, sponsored by the seven-county Economic Growth Alliance, begins at noon on Feb. 21 at …

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Wind Energy Company Clean Green Energy LCC Secures $25 Million in Project Financing

Brighton, MI — Clean Green Energy LLC (“CGE”) announces that they have secured $25 million in project financing enabling full funding of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) installations of their WIND•e20® vertical axis wind turbine. Contracted last year, Shannon Swartz of PierPoint Mortgage acts as credit manager for CGE’s wind projects. In their initial round of …

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Livingston employers anticipate increasing or holding steady on workforce numbers in coming year

Nearly half of the employers completing the 2012 Livingston County Compensation & Benefits Survey anticipate increasing their workforce in the next year, and attracting and recruiting employees is their top goal. The biennial survey is a project of the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce Foundation in cooperation with EctoHR Inc. and Livingston County Michigan Works! …

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Boston MichAGAIN Recap

This blog is written by Ann Arbor SPARK’s Phil Santer, Senior Business Development Manager, Livingston County. I’m just returning from Boston where a series of events had brought thousands of people into the city. The BIO International Convention and Enterprise 2.0 conference were in town, with upwards of 15,000 people there as a result. The Ann …

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Local Companies Visit Washington DC for the White House Business Council

On June 1st, 2012 several local companies traveled to DC with the Michigan Business Leaders to attend the White House Business Council, a special economic briefing. These companies included Livingston county’s Excelda, a complete solution provider of private label consumer and automotive products, specializing in fluid blending, packaging, warehousing and order fulfillment services to original equipment …

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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 …

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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 …

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