Ann Arbor SPARK Awards
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Since inception in 2005, Ann Arbor SPARK has been recognized as a leader in economic development programs, support services, and community partnerships.
Accredited Economic Development Organization
SPARK earned designation as an Accredited Economic Development Organization (AEDO) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in June of 2013.
The AEDO program accredits local and state economic development entities, regional public-private economic development partnerships, the economic development departments of utility companies, and nonprofit business associations. A video of the awards presentation is available online.
Area of Innovation
Ann Arbor has been designated as a Area of Innovation by the International Association of Science Parks, one of nine nationally.
New Media Gold Excellence
Ann Arbor SPARK received a New Media Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council in 2013.
In 2010, Ann Arbor SPARK’s marketing materials took top honors from the Michigan Economic Developers Association. Our business accelerator was awarded honorable mention from the International Economic Development Council.
In 2013, SPARK received top honors in the Annual Report and Newsletter Award categories by the Michigan Economic Developers Association.
Incubator of the Year
At the 2012 Michigan Business Incubator Association's annual conference, Ann Arbor SPARK Central was honored with the Incubator of the Year Award. This award is given to one business incubation program that exemplifies the best of the industry.
Excellence in Economic Development
In 2011, SPARK was recognized by the International Economic Development Council with an Excellence in Economic Development Award. The award recognized the MichAGAIN campaign in the category of Human Capital for communities with populations of 200,000 – 500,000.