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Ann Arbor Spark

Insights

Industries

There is a wealth of opportunity for businesses to start and grow here. With many established industries, the Ann Arbor region also has become a magnet for emerging and rapidly growing sectors. Additionally, companies are able to capitalize on our proximity to world-class academic institutions, like the University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan University, that are funneling talent into the workforce. For international companies looking to start doing business in the U.S., check out our international soft-landing toolkit.

Automotive & Mobility

Michigan benefits from a celebrated automotive heritage shaped by industry visionaries. Today, the Ann Arbor region follows in those footsteps as a leading source of connected and autonomous vehicle innovation. Supporting more than 200 firms and 20,000 individuals in this industry alone, the Ann Arbor region has experienced rapid growth in the past decade and all signs indicate we’ll either maintain or accelerate this pace. With testing and proofing grounds like Mcity and the American Center for Mobility, the region is well-positioned for success. Learn more.

View the Ann Arbor SPARK Automotive Technology & Mobility Sector Report

Life Sciences & Healthcare

Ann Arbor is home to the number one hospital in the state — Michigan Medicine. With two additional area health systems, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, it’s no surprise that this sector supports the majority of employment in the region. What may come as a surprise, however, is the number of additional life sciences and healthcare businesses that start and grow here. From medical device companies to biotech and pharmaceuticals, this sector’s vital signs are strong.

View the Ann Arbor SPARK Life Sciences and Healthcare Sector Report

Technology

Where business interests meet innovative thinking, that is where you’ll discover the creative spirit that energizes the region’s technology sector. In downtown Ann Arbor alone, the number of tech companies and their employees have tripled in the past decade. The sector includes an extensive variety of clusters, including network security, artificial intelligence, software development, e-commerce, data systems, and more. Fun fact: The University of Michigan was part of the ARPANET research effort that was the forerunner of today’s Internet.

View the Ann Arbor SPARK Technology Sector Report