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Ann Arbor Spark

November 29, 2017

Michigan Works! Southeast Receives $2.6+ Million to Help Area Businesses

Michigan Works! Southeast will receive more than $2.6+ million from the Michigan Talent Investment agency to train workers at 61 companies in the region, including ten companies in Livingston County.  The grant awards are part of the state’s Skilled Trades Training Fund, which is now in its fifth year.  The Fund provides competitive awards for […]
November 29, 2017

Ann Arbor creative agency Phire Group adds staff, expands offices in recent growth spurt

The agency, which serves clients ranging from Masco to the Ann Arbor Summer Festival, is celebrating growth on multiple fronts as it closes out 2017. News from Concentrate
November 29, 2017

Event-planning platform for Hispanic community wins $100,000 in Accelerate Michigan competition

Ann Arbor-based Mi Padrino has already drawn over 50,000 users to its online platform, which facilitates the tradition of families helping to fund each other's big life events. News from Concentrate
November 29, 2017

Seeking to unite Ann Arbor and Ypsi, “Bridging 23” series to host third event Dec. 2

The event series aims to bring people together, facilitate discussion, and let the community drive the conversation about what needs to happen next. News from Concentrate
November 22, 2017

Ann Arbor SPARK, EDCLC Celebrate Economic Successes at Annual Meeting

This year, our Annual Meeting for Livingston County was a great success. Along with our partners at the Economic Development Council of Livingston County(EDCLC), we had the opportunity to recognize companies that drove economic growth over the last year and shared our work in Livingston County with the community. In addition, we were fortunate to […]
November 21, 2017

Ann Arbor vs. Columbus – 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? So many emotions swirling around for this post… the end of the regular football season, […]
November 16, 2017

CEO Podcast: Len Gauger, Connect Space

Len Gauger, is CEO of ConnectSpace, formerly known as Message Blocks. Message Blocks started as a basic agenda building tool and has evolved to become a full-fledged suite of tools that helps organizations create meaningful connections between event attendees. Len talks with Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO, Paul Krutko, about starting up in Ann […]
November 15, 2017

Ann Arbor vs. Madison – 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? The penultimate game of the season! Though we might be bigger rivals with the-team-that-shall-not-be-named to […]
November 15, 2017

Saint Joseph Mercy Health System, Mercy Health will join together to form one Michigan-wide health system

 CANTON and NORTON SHORES, Mich. – (Nov. 15, 2017) – The Trinity Health-owned health systems of Saint Joseph Mercy Health System (SJMHS) in southeast Michigan and Mercy Health in west Michigan today announced they will combine their two systems into one statewide system to create a strong, people-centered care delivery network  across Michigan. Rob Casalou, […]
November 15, 2017

GenZe builds smart, connected electric bicycles in Ann Arbor

Thanks to a Bluetooth connection to a new smartphone app, the bikes can track physical effort and distance covered or alert their owners if they're stolen. News from Concentrate
November 15, 2017

How will the American Center for Mobility affect Ypsi Township’s West Willow neighborhood?

The community took a major hit when the GM plant on the Willow Run site closed in 2009, but residents are cautiously optimistic about a new automated vehicle test facility opening on the site. News from Concentrate
November 15, 2017

Tech Homecoming connects out-of-towners with Ann Arbor tech industry on Thanksgiving Eve

The happy hour-style event aims to draw Michigan expats back home for good on the biggest bar night of the year. News from Concentrate