Michigan’s Getting It Right

“Simply put, Job One is jobs,” said Governor Rick Snyder tonight at his State of the State address. What a refreshing voice for the people of Michigan! Open Source Economic Development ® Michigan Dashboard Metrics-real results for real people Economic growth Health & Education Value for Government Quality of Life Public Safety Pure Michigan Talent, entrepreneurs, employers, universities, funding, incubators = JOBS.  Read More →

Two Ann Arbor Companies Receive MEGA Tax Credits

NanoBio Corporation and Grand River Inc. received high-tech, five year MEGA tax credits on June 15th.  Both companies were approved by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the State of Michigan.  NanoBio is a privately-held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing products for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.  They are committing to investing more than $1.4 million to expand its current... [Read More...]

Michigan Municipal League article about SPARK

In the current issue of the Michigan Municipal League magazine and e-newsletter there is an article about SPARK and our ‘open source economic development’ model.  Check it out here.  This issue is mostly about entrepreneurism in the state.  It’s very encouraging.  We’re in good company with communities all around the state.  Included in the publication are articles about the new incubator in East Lansing and a new initiative... [Read More...]

Switchback Introduces New Web-based Membership Management System

Switchback, a web development firm specializing in open source content management (CMS) and client relationship management (CRM) systems, announces the release of their new web-based membership management system, Caravan™. The system was built on two open-source platforms, Drupal and CiviCRM, which were modified and extended to meet the unique needs of membership-driven, non-profit organizations. Continue reading about Switchback…  Read More →

Open Source Economic Development and Statewide Cooperation

At Ann Arbor SPARK, our immediate goal is to promote economic development in the Ann Arbor region. But our larger focus is ensuring long-term growth and viability for the entire state of Michigan — something that can best be achieved through a process we call Open Source Economic Development. We don’t view any place in the state of Michigan as competition to us. We view the rest of the state as partners. If there are things that we can do... [Read More...]

“Open Source” Economic Development

Economic development in Michigan should take a page from the playbook of the ever-evolving software industry. Its “open source” philosophy – the source code that drives development should be open and available to all – is a model that can propel Michigan’s success in growing, retaining, and attracting business. Michael Finney, SPARK President & CEO Ann Arbor SPARK has taken steps to pilot this approach to economic development by designing... [Read More...]