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Ann Arbor Spark

August 15, 2018

CEO Podcast: Paul Roney, President, Domino’s Farms

On the northeast side of Ann Arbor, nestled in the nook of US-23 and M-14, is the iconic Domino’s Farms. Inspired by the architectural designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, the office park is located on 270-acres and shares the property with some unexpected residents — including a herd of bison. Listen as Domino’s Farms president […]
August 10, 2018

Livingston Regional Manufacturing Day – Oct. 4

Ann Arbor SPARK, with the generous support of MEDC, is thrilled to present the Livingston Regional Manufacturing Day for high school students in Howell, Pinckney, Brighton, Fowlerville, Hartland, and Whitmore Lake. Joining more than 650 other events across the country, MFG DAY is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite their communities to their […]
August 09, 2018

Accenture Expands Industry X.0 Capabilities with Two Acquisitions in North America

Buys hardware engineering firm Mindtribe and announces intent to acquire embedded software company Pillar Technology Boosts ability to help companies innovate smart, connected software and hardware products SAN FRANCISCO and COLUMBUS, OH; Aug. 9, 2018 – Accenture (NYSE: ACN) has made two major moves to expand its Industry X.0 practice. The company acquired hardware engineering firm Mindtribe and entered […]
August 09, 2018

Ann Arbor SPARK Reports Impressive Q2 2018 Results of Partnership with Economic Development Council of Livingston County

In its recent quarterly report of economic activity and successes in Livingston County, Ann Arbor SPARK and its partner the Economic Development Council of Livingston County (EDCLC) highlighted company expansions and new talent partnerships that are working to expand economic opportunity throughout the region. “Building on the successes from the first quarter, we continue to […]
August 08, 2018

Cahoots presents Ken Segall at the Michigan Theater

Join us September 12 at 2 p.m. for this free event at the Michigan Theater to hear author and blogger Ken Segall. Ken was creative director at some of the world’s top advertising agencies and over the course of three decades shaped campaigns for BMW, IBM, Intel, NeXT, and Apple. He worked directly with Steve Jobs for 12 […]
August 08, 2018

Accelerate Michigan Retrospective

August 07, 2018

Ann Arbor Named “Most Educated City in America”

Ann Arbor was recently named the most educated city in America according to WalletHub, a personal finance website. This is the third consecutive year that Ann Arbor has landed at the top of the list. WalletHub compared the largest 150 largest metropolitan statistical areas across 11 key metrics, and Ann Arbor earned a total score […]
August 03, 2018

SPARK Day at the Park

Today, members of the Ann Arbor SPARK staff got out of the office for some good-natured team building and community service by participating in a park clean-up day at Barton Nature Area. “It’s great to be part of an organization that values contributing to the community in a variety of ways, said Bill Mayer, SPARK […]
August 02, 2018

Ann Arbor Tech Ecosystem Shines Amidst Duo Acquisition

August 01, 2018

Dick Sarns Retires and Leaves Legacy in Ann Arbor

Dick Sarns is easily one of the biggest pioneers in Ann Arbor’s medical technology industry. Along with designing an innovative heart-lung machine for cardiac bypass surgery back in 1960, Sarns also founded NuStep, a recumbent cross-training bike for individuals with limited movement. After celebrating his 91st birthday in June, Sarns is retiring from his self-started […]
August 01, 2018

CEO Podcast: Matthew VanBesien, President, University Music Society

When the new UMS president Matthew VanBeisen left his position as president for the New York Philharmonic and relocated to Ann Arbor, he fielded a lot of questions regarding how he came to that decision. Now, one year after his transition to the role, Matthew sits down with Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul […]
July 30, 2018

SPARK Event Connects Livingston County Business with Up-and-Coming Talent

Kettering University’s unique model for cooperative education has led to strong partnerships between the university and industry. Students learn in the classroom and in the workplace through an experiential model that prepares students for in-demand careers in a broad range of industries. By alternating semesters between coursework and cooperative learning, students gain practical experience every […]