Auto Testing Center Drives Michigan Development Plans

Article originally published on IndustryWeek.com It’s never a good idea for a region, especially one in Michigan, to be looking in its rear view mirror and see the competition catching up. That’s how Southeast Michigan was feeling as it was watching Silicon Valley build up its auto IT innovation sector. “We didn’t want to be …

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Regional Collaboration Brings International Opportunities to the Greater Ann Arbor Region

Written By Jake Albers Manager, SPARK East Incubator Ypsilanti, MI SPARK East Incubator recently hosted the Israeli Medical Technology Road Show.  The Road Show, presented by The Trendlines Group and OurCrowd; featured five innovative Israeli start-ups seeking investment toward commercialization in Southeast Michigan.  The infusion of international innovation into the Greater Ann Arbor region was …

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Raymond Boufford, Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Raymond Boufford is the vice president of business transformation at Faurecia. Faurecia is a global automotive components manufacturer with more than 30 locations worldwide. It is the world’s sixth largest automotive equipment supplier. Faurecia was recently named “Project of the Year” at Ann Arbor SPARK’s 2013 Annual Meeting. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO …

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Connected Vehicle Research Center Planned on Site of Former Willow Run Powertrain Plant

A consortium led by Ann Arbor SPARK that includes RACER Trust, Devon Industrial Group, and Walbridge Development, today announced that the former Willow Run Powertrain plant is the proposed home for a technologically advanced connected vehicle research center.  This project could become a hub of research and development for the vehicles of tomorrow and a catalyst …

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Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Bob Guenzel

Bob Guenzel, retired Washtenaw County Administrator, is currently a member of Ann Arbor SPARK’s board of directors. Paul Krutko recently sat down with Bob Guenzel to discuss the past, present, and future of the Ann Arbor region’s economy. Q&A Paul: I’ve heard you talk often about the importance of building relationships and using those relationships …

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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: Paul: …

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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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Community Foundation Selects Ken Fischer for 2012 Mariam C. Noland Award for Nonprofit Leadership

DETROIT – The Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan announced that Kenneth C. Fischer, president of the University Musical Society (UMS) of the University of Michigan, has been awarded the 2012 Mariam C. Noland Award for Nonprofit Leadership. Named after the Community Foundation’s first and current president, this second annual award recognizes a nonprofit president or …

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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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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 …

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Liebherr-Aerospace expands facility, adds 20 jobs

Liebherr-Aerospace, located in Saline, is adding 33,000 sq ft to its existing 100,000 sq ft facility.  As part of the company’s expansion, it will also add 15-20 new jobs.  This expansion will help the company accommodate increased demand for its services. “Liebherr-Aerospace is able to expand in the Ann Arbor region, in part, because of …

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Finding a Good Crop of Employees: NPR Offers Up Close Look at Michigan’s Agriculture Economy

A recent “Changing Gears” series on Michigan Radio explored Michigan’s agriculture economy.  In part five of the five part series, SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko offers that “prospective workers want to take jobs in places where they know there are more jobs.” With his insight, Krutko explains that agriculture talent — and the needs …

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Paul Krutko Appointed New CEO and President, Ann Arbor SPARK

Paul Krutko has been selected as the new president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. Krutko will join the organization on April 18 and will oversee continued efforts to expand economic opportunities in the Ann Arbor region through collaboration with local, state, federal and university resources. Krutko brings over 31 years of economic and business …

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Kauffman Study Shows Impact of Business Accelerator Efforts on SE Michigan Start-Ups

A new Kauffman Foundation study shows the results of business accelerator efforts by Southeast Michigan’s economic development organizations.  Combined, Ann Arbor SPARK, Automation Alley, Macomb-OU INCubator and TechTown , collectively known as the Business Accelerator Network for Southeast Michigan, have: Created more than 1,000 jobs Invested approximately $18 million in hundreds of start-up companies Secured …

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Congratulations to e-CYREN for Winning the Tweet Award!

At the Michigan Emerging conference on Wednesday, CYJ Enterprises won the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Tweet Award.  The company’s Twitter submission focused on their business product, e-CYREN, a free online database of emergency information for schools and daycare programs. Their posting, “In case of emergency first responders can quickly alert loved ones and have access …

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