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Ann Arbor Spark

October 31, 2017

Nowhere to grow but up? Ann Arbor grapples with solutions to its high-rise problem

Proliferating high-rises in downtown Ann Arbor have been a defining issue in this year's city council elections. How can the city accommodate growth while avoiding urban sprawl? News from Concentrate
October 31, 2017

U-M tech commercialization programs receive $2.66 million in state funding

The Michigan Corporate Relations Network and Technology Transfer Talent Network will continue their mission of promoting collaboration among state universities and developing technologies into startups. News from Concentrate
October 31, 2017

Pittsfield Township solar lighting company wins Pitch Ypsi $5,000 competition

Solartonic, which has done projects in locations from Detroit to Dallas, is focused on making innovative and attractive-looking solar lighting solutions.  News from Concentrate
October 31, 2017

What’s next for the Ypsilanti Transit Center?

The Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority recently hosted its first public input meeting on improvements to the nearly 25-year-old facility, and riders have plenty of ideas for the project. News from Concentrate
October 27, 2017

Ann Arbor vs. New Brunswick – how do we compare?

Our football blog series is back! Like last year, we’re using the football season as an impetus to ask ourselves how we stack up against other, similar regions. How does Ann Arbor compare to other college towns in the US? Game eight! We’re 2/3 of the way through the season, and perhaps focusing more on the […]
October 24, 2017

How empathy carried Duo Security to a $1 billion valuation

Duo raised $70 million in a recent round of financing, placing the company among the small handful of venture-backed private companies worth $1 billion or more.  News from Concentrate
October 24, 2017

Ann Arbor’s second annual Atomic Games challenges programmers to build an AI in a weekend

Custom software company Atomic Object hosts the games to identify talented programmers and to occasionally recruit participants who do well. News from Concentrate
October 20, 2017

SwRI EXPANDS AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH FOOTPRINT WITH LABORATORY IN ANN ARBOR

  Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is expanding its automotive research footprint in Ann Arbor, Michigan, to provide Detroit-area clients more convenient access to SwRI’s powertrain engineering services. SwRI signed an agreement with A&D Technology Inc. to provide client services with powertrain development cells in the Detroit area, augmenting SwRI’s more than 200 powertrain dynamometers in […]
October 18, 2017

CEO Podcast: Aaron Rajda, Ford Labs

Aaron Rajda is IT Director at the new Ann Arbor-based FordLabs, a unit of Ford Motor Company focused on software development and implementation. FordLabs is a result of the company’s investment in California-based Pivotal Software. Rajda advocated for FordLabs to be located nearby, but outside of Ford’s existing facilities in order to create a distinct […]
October 18, 2017

Ann Arbor vs. State College – how do we compare?

Our football blog series is back! Like last year, we’re using the football season as an impetus to ask ourselves how we stack up against other, similar regions. How does Ann Arbor compare to other college towns in the US? Unlike last week’s game against Indiana (Bloomington), State College is not a common comparison to […]
October 17, 2017

New businesses proliferate on downtown Ypsi’s Washington Street

Vacant storefronts have filled rapidly on the two-block downtown stretch of Washington, with eight new businesses opening in the past two years and another seven businesses in the works. News from Concentrate
October 17, 2017

SAHI Cosmetics wins $100,000 investment in AOL founder’s Rise of the Rest competition

One of eight local companies who participated in the pitch competition, SAHI Cosmetics has experienced remarkable success since launching just last December. News from Concentrate