Focused on the Future, Ann Arbor Michigan

This article was originally published at Business In Focus, for the August 2014 issue.  The community grew up around the University of Michigan, which is one of the top three publicly funded research universities in the nation. The institution both attracts and develops talent, and encourages a culture of innovation. “Ann Arbor is a significant area of innovation in the United States,” Mr. Krutko points out. “We are bringing new innovations... [Read More...]

U-M announces plans for facility to test automated vehicles

Written by David Lampe Executive Director, Strategic Communications, University of Michigan Office of Research The Board of Regents on Friday approved plans to proceed with the design of a unique environment for testing connected and automated vehicles. The facility, which simulates a dynamic urban environment, is a critical element of a joint project with industry and government to develop and implement an entire system of connected and automated... [Read More...]

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 for jobs in innovative automotive research. Based on input that Ann Arbor SPARK solicited from... [Read More...]

Wind Energy Company Clean Green Energy LCC Secures $25 Million in Project Financing

Brighton, MI — Clean Green Energy LLC (“CGE”) announces that they have secured $25 million in project financing enabling full funding of Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) installations of their WIND•e20® vertical axis wind turbine. Contracted last year, Shannon Swartz of PierPoint Mortgage acts as credit manager for CGE’s wind projects. In their initial round of financial support, Mr. Swartz looks forward to supporting CGE’s... [Read More...]

Valicor Expands in Dexter, Invests $5 million, Adds 16 High Tech Jobs

Ann Arbor SPARK supported Valicor’s recent expansion by helping the company secure more than $3.5 million in incentives from Scio Township.  As part of its expansion, Valicor, located in Dexter, Mich., will invest $5 million in the expansion add 16 new jobs, mostly in research and chemical engineering. Valicor was founded in 1997 as an industrial fluids recycling company.  Valicor’s services reduce waste and cost to manufacturers by making industrial... [Read More...]

Presentation on state incentives and capital programs

On July 14 we will be presenting a program on the many programs funded by the state that put cash in the bank accounts of start-ups and early stage growth companies. When you look around at the incentives other states are providing technology and other innovative entrepreneurs you will be hard pressed to find one that has as many creative programs providing capital than Michigan.  We have programs for university based commercialization opportunities,... [Read More...]