SPARK Visits DC for MichAGAIN

Written by Phil Santer, Senior Business Development Manager, Livingston County I’ve just returned from Ann Arbor SPARK’s latest MichAGAIN event in Washington, DC. We had the opportunity to hear from Bill Milliken, who returned to Michigan after working in DC with NASA, and some terrific organizations about their growth in Michigan and why this area is a great place to work, live and grow. The message was particularly appealing to me– I moved... [Read More...]

Boston MichAGAIN Reception – Employers Are Top of the Hub!

The MichAGAIN reception took place last night at Top of the Hub – 50th floor of the Prudential Tower overlooking Boston and the harbor. It was a most picturesque setting to talk about the beauty of Michigan – more shoreline than any other state in the U.S., surrounded by inland seas that boast no salt and no sharks – and the hot job market that wants and needs top talent for our driving industries. The 80 plus attendees had stories to share... [Read More...]

MichAGAIN – Opening New Pipelines to Talent

Written by Britany Affolter-Caine Talent is a critical key to economic prosperity. In an effort to provide Ann Arbor companies with greater access to talent, Ann Arbor SPARK is in Silicon Valley with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation as part of the MichAGAIN series – recruiting trips to regions that have top talent from software developers and marketing professionals to C-level executives and life scientists with Michigan roots and... [Read More...]

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...]

Its a small world after all

Paul Krutko speaking at the VC breakfast. Our team is up bright and early this Tuesday morning to spread the word of cool technologies, high returns, and the growing venture capital scene in Michigan to a group of around 30 Silicon Valley VC’s and high net worth individuals. The group was very interested in hearing more about our upcoming CEO Podcast between Paul Krutko, President and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK,  and Jan Garfinkle, Founder and Managing... [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...]

Michigan Business Beat

The economic climate of Michigan is constantly changing. It can often be difficult to keep up with the current challenges facing the state. This why we are pleased to announce that SPARK’s CEO, Paul Krutko, will be a recurring monthly guest on the Michigan Business Beat radio show.  He’ll be bringing his 30 years of experience into conversations on economic opportunities in the region. The show is hosted by Chris Holman, and regularly highlights... [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...]

MichAGAIN Boston Attracts VCs

MichAgain's VC luncheon attracted attention to the state's growing companies What do you get then you put 15 high powered VCs in a room?  About $1 billion of capital to spend and a whole lot of interest in our entrepreneurial endeavors. Our first MichAGAIN Boston event was a ravishing success.  Our informal program was packed with dynamic speakers including our very own VC expert Skip Simms, as well as Ken Nisbet, head of U-M Tech... [Read More...]