Nigel Francis: Ann Arbor SPARK CEO Podcast

Nigel Francis is the Senior Automotive Adviser to the State of Michigan, and the Senior Vice President, Automotive Industry Office, Michigan Economic Development Corporation. He is charged with developing, implementing, and executing a strategic plan to promote, retain, and grow Michigan’s automotive industry. Nigel will be a featured speaker at Ann Arbor SPARK’s 2014 Annual Meeting on May 20th. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president... [Read More...]

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 the State of Michigan. The County’s maintenance of sound financial operations, healthy reserves,... [Read More...]

Governor Snyder talks Michigan Talent, Business, & Tourism

To listen to the full podcast, please click here. In his conversation with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Governor Snyder discusses AnnArbor.com’s Deals of the Year and three great Ann Arbor success stories, The Corner Brewery, Llamasoft and Barracuda Networks. The Governor also discusses the importance of Michigan talent and the quality of life and how the two benefit the state of Michigan. Hear how business, talent, and... [Read More...]

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: Jeff Finkle, IEDC Paul: While I’m very familiar with the International Economic Development Council, I don’t know that... [Read More...]

Conversations on Economic Opportunity with Mike Miller

What does it take to work at the Google AdWords headquarters? Why did Google decide downtown Ann Arbor was the perfect place to do business? Paul Krutko recently sat down with Mike Miller, head of the Ann Arbor Google AdWords office, to discuss these questions and more as part of SPARK’s podcast series. View from outside the Google AdWords Headquarters in downtown Ann Arbor. Q&A Paul:  Mike, you worked at Google, and before that you were... [Read More...]

Dave Brandon Talks Athletics & Economic Impact in SPARK’s Latest CEO Podcast

Michigan Athletics is a global brand that draws in more than 100,000 people and generates around $15 million in economic impact every home football game. David A. Brandon has been the leader of this major economic driver since March 2010. In his conversation with Donna Doleman, VP Marketing, Communications and Talent, Dave discusses his role within the University athletic department, the history and relationship between the University and Ann Arbor... [Read More...]

MichBio CEO Participates in White House Business Council Briefing

MichBio, the biosciences industry association in Michigan, announced that its President & CEO Stephen Rapundalo participated in the White House Business Council and Business Forward briefing held on June 1. The White House Business Council hosted Dr. Rapundalo and other business leaders from Michigan at the White House to discuss the state of Michigan’s business landscape — what is working, what isn’t, and how to get the private... [Read More...]

Tim Marshall Appointed Chair of Federal Reserve Bank Council

Ann Arbor SPARK’s Board of Directors Vice Chair, Timothy G. Marshall, has been approved by the Board of Governors of Federal Reserve Bank to serve as Chair of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Community Depository Institution Advisory Council (CDIAC). Timothy G. Marshall is currently President and CEO of the Bank of Ann Arbor. Marshall was originally appointed to serve as one of the twelve council members representing the five state... [Read More...]

SPARK Celebrates the Hyundai Expansion at the Detroit Auto Show

A posting from Luke Bonner, SPARK’s Business Development Vice President: Last week I had the pleasure of attending the North American International Auto Show at Cobo Center in Downtown Detroit.  Finding a suitable parking spot was not the easiest thing in the world, but I did manage to find one without much of a walk.  Cobo was decorated in it’s typical festive style this time of year, with every Auto Maker doing its best to impress... [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...]

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