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Ann Arbor Spark

April 6, 2018

SPARK’s tax forms show that the organization’s budget has grown year-over-year. What is the reason for this budget increase?

Ann Arbor SPARK’s work is in direct response to the new and existing businesses in our region requiring assistance with expansion, investment, and talent in our region. To meet the needs of our growing economy, Ann Arbor SPARK has expanded its businesses and startup services every year. Recent examples include opening new space in our SPARK Central Innovation Center to accommodate second stage entrepreneurs as well as provide a “soft landing” space for international companies looking to establish a presence in the U.S.

Another key area where SPARK has expanded services has been talent initiatives. As companies grow here, so does the demand for skilled and high-tech talent, and ways to reach potential employees. Ann Arbor SPARK has grown its talent initiatives to include annual, marquee events Tech Trek and Tech Homecoming, as well as talent mixers.