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In Washtenaw County, ‘Leaders and Best’ is more than a collegiate slogan. It’s a phrase that’s emblematic of the area’s thriving business community. The county brims with innovative talent — cultivated at leading academic institutions and employed by top-tier companies. The dynamic economic development in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Chelsea, Saline, Dexter, Milan, and Manchester creates a wide landscape of opportunities, making it an ideal location to establish a business and enrich your life.

It’s no surprise that distinguished companies like Google, Toyota, and Thomson Reuters call Washtenaw County home. The unique synthesis of fast-growing industries — such as IT, advanced tech, engineering, healthcare, and mobility — rival cities like San Francisco. These driving industries, coupled with exceptional universities, foster a spirit of entrepreneurship and research.

Ann Arbor was ranked the #1 most educated city in the country. A distinct talent pipeline, which includes the University of Michigan (America’s #1 Public University), Eastern Michigan University, and Washtenaw Community College, supplies the county with a highly skilled workforce. This regional ecosystem, comprised of businesses and qualified personnel, attract companies to Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and surrounding communities.

The region offers avenues for public-private partnerships as well as financial incentives for businesses that prioritize local investments. Companies can take advantage of the county’s eleven opportunity zones, areas for revitalizing economic growth, designated by the state. The U.S. Congress Opportunity Zones Program gives businesses federal tax reductions for capital gains that are poured back into development and real estate in these zones. At Ann Arbor SPARK, we specialize in connecting companies and investors to these funding opportunities.

Whether you’re a startup or an established business, SPARK is eager to assist you in your endeavors. Here are a few ways to connect with our team: