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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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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. Q&A Paul:  …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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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Live Event Streaming Kicks Off This Week!

We’re excited to kick off our live event Web streaming this week with three great events: Marketing Roundtable on September 13, BioArbor on September 14, and Deal Structures on September 15. The Marketing Roundtable, from 5:30-7 p.m., is on how to turn customers and stakeholders into advocates. Join consumer and business marketing experts as they …

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Zingerman’s Delicatessen and New Eagle Announce Expansions in Ann Arbor Area

Zingerman’s Delicatessen was awarded tax credits and New Eagle LLC announced a Technology Collaboration credit with Powertrain Integration, LLC.  The companies will use the funding to help them expand in the region. Zingerman’s Brownfield Michigan Business Tax credit award is valued at $1.1 million and Madison Heights-based Powertrain Integration, LLC’s Technology Collaboration Credit is valued …

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JAC Products Expands in Ann Arbor Region

Saline-based JAC Products received high-tech, five-year MEGA tax credits today to fund expansion in the Ann Arbor region.  JAC Products, which also has a location in Shelby Township, was approved today for MEGA tax credits totaling $572, 970 from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the State of Michigan. JAC Products is a leading tier …

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SPARK Incubator tenant Bongotones.com launches UM “Hail to the Victor’s: 106,201 world record” campaign

BongoTones.com announces today the official launch of the “Hail to the Victors: 106,201 Campaign”, a grassroots project that aims to set a new world record for most ringtones played simultaneously. The campaign plans to bring together 106,201 University of Michigan students, alumni and fans to download “The Victors” ringtone free of charge to their mobile …

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Open Source Economic Development and Statewide Cooperation

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. Through our commitment to Open Source, Ann Arbor SPARK will continue to grow businesses in the Ann Arbor region...and help transform Michigan into a national hub of economic activity.

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MI Pre-seed Capital Fund changes announced

The state of Michigan, through the 21st Century Jobs Fund, has re-capitalized the Michigan Pre-seed Capital Fund.  The award of $6.8 million was approved by the SEIC board in March.   There are two significant changes affecting distribution of this new money.  One is the match for an investment is lowered to one-half to one. …

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