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...]

Ann Arbor SPARK and WCC Partner to Identify and Address Training Needs

Ann Arbor SPARK and the Washtenaw Community College Workforce Development department have joined forces to identify and address the training needs of area businesses in new and innovative ways. Representatives from SPARK, WCC, and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will visit 100 companies this year. This is the first time the three organizations have partnered in such a direct and collaborative way.  The goal of the collaboration is to... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK and CVBs Team Up with MEDC for National Marketing

Ann Arbor SPARK and the Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Ypsilanti Area CVB, are leading a new $1 million Pure Michigan advertising campaign that promotes the region, nationally.  The unique pilot program will market Washtenaw County by leveraging key tourism and economic development assets. The multimedia campaign is supported by $500,000 from... [Read More...]

Nine Companies Receive Michigan Microloan Fund Program Support

Nine Michigan companies have received a combined total of more than $478,000 through the Michigan Microloan Fund Program, bringing the total amount invested through the Fund to more than $2 million.  The companies received the funding to support commercialization of their core products. “Microloan funding, by design, is that bit of extra support that a company needs to bring a product to market,” said Skip Simms, Ann Arbor SPARK senior vice... [Read More...]

MEDC Teams With InfoReady To Help Michiganders Build Careers

InfoReady Corporation, provider of social media-based search and collaboration software products, recently teamed with the MEDC to deliver the Career Matchmaker and Career Investment Calculator web tools for Pure Michigan Talent Connect. The site features a Job Portal along with the InfoReady software-based Career Matchmaker, which determines industries and areas in high demand, and a Career Investment Calculator, which helps job-seekers evaluate... [Read More...]

Hyundai American Technical Center Inc. to Expand, Receives Support from Ann Arbor SPARK, MEDC

Ann Arbor SPARK, a public-private partnership whose mission is to advance innovation-based economic development in the greater Ann Arbor region, worked with Hyundai to help the company secure more than $2.5 million in new business development incentives from the State of Michigan and Superior Township.  The funding, which is subject to approval by the Michigan Strategic Fund, will be used by Hyundai to expand an environmental chamber for extreme... [Read More...]

Ann Arbor SPARK awarded $500,000 from the MEDC for SPARK East Incubator

Ann Arbor SPARK was recently awarded $500,000 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s (MEDC) 21st Century Jobs Fund. The funding will support the Ann Arbor SPARK East business incubator. “MEDC support for Ann Arbor SPARK’s East incubator extends and enhances opportunities for start-ups throughout the region,” said Paul Krutko, president and CEO, Ann Arbor SPARK. “Business incubators play an important role... [Read More...]

Lakeside Software Opens New R&D Facility in Ann Arbor

Lakeside Software, a leader in business intelligence solutions for IT professionals, today announced the acquisition and opening of a new R&D facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This facility will be primarily utilized for product design and development, and will accelerate company growth by making it easier to hire top technical talent from the Ann Arbor metropolitan area. The new facility is fully operational and is located at 112 South Main Street... [Read More...]

SPARK’s Business Development Team Heads to San Jose

Greetings from San Jose! Ann Arbor SPARK’s Business Development team has arrived in California this week on a business and talent attraction trip surrounding the MichAGAIN campaign that is administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. We are hosting three events during our stay in the San Jose area and have meetings set up with business leaders. Our team hopes to educate businesses about all the opportunities that are available... [Read More...]

MichAGAIN event in D.C. gathers large crowd

Some of the event organizers: LeRoy Newland, GE; Stefanie Ridenour, MEDC; Me; Valerie Furchi, GE; and John Hill, MSU      What do you get when you mix a handful of Michiganders and 125+ alums from the great state? An amazing night filled with networking, laughs, rivalry talk and memories. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s MichAGAIN Campaign was in full effect last night at Policy Lounge in Washington DC. The group of state and... [Read More...]

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