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Ann Arbor Spark

Ann Arbor SPARK Annual Meeting

April 30, 2019 | EMU Student Center

The Ann Arbor SPARK Annual Meeting is attended by business, government, and academic leaders from across the Ann Arbor region and provides a unique networking opportunity. Business leaders will highlight the region’s accomplishments over the past year with the annual chair awards and preview new projects and initiatives for the coming year.

Early Bird Tickets: $75  |  General Tickets: $100

Early Bird registration ends March 15.

Keynote Speaker

Amy Liu
Vice President and Director — Metropolitan Policy Program
The Brookings Institution

Amy Liu is vice president and director of the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings and the Adeline M. and Alfred I. Johnson Chair in Urban and Metropolitan Policy. She is a national expert on cities and metropolitan areas adept at translating research and insights into action on the ground. As director of Brookings Metro, which Liu co-founded in 1996, she pioneered the program’s signature approach to policy and practice, which uses rigorous research to inform strategies for economic growth and opportunity. Liu has worked directly on such strategies with scores of public and private sector leaders in regions around the country, including Chicago, Kansas City, Phoenix, upstate New York, and New Orleans.

Most recently, Liu authored “Remaking Economic Development: The Markets and Civics of Continuous Growth and Prosperity,” in which she argues that city and metropolitan leaders must adopt a broader vision of economic development that can deliver economic growth, prosperity, and inclusion for all residents. In “Remaking Economic Development,” Liu discusses the limitations of existing strategies, outlines five principles that define a new model of economic development, and highlights innovations underway in cities and metropolitan areas across the country emblematic of this broader vision.

Thanks to our Premier Sponsors


Partner Sponsors

Supporting Sponsors

Contributor Sponsors

Special Recognition

Meeting Sponsors

Become a 2019 Annual Meeting sponsor to take advantage of advertising opportunities and increasing brand awareness, while supporting economic development programs and activities. Those interested in becoming a sponsor should contact Danielle Jones via email or call 734-585-0320.

2018 Ann Arbor SPARK Annual Meeting Photo Gallery

Photos by Leisa Thompson

2018 Chair Awards

2018 Entrepreneurial Services Company of the Year: SkySpecs
2018 Project of the Year: FordLabs, Lear, and NAVYA
2018 Volunteer of the Year: Mandy Grewal, Pittsfield Charter Township Supervisor
2018 Business Development Awards