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We’re proud to have been recognized by the International Economic Development Council with an Excellence in Economic Development Award.  The award recognized the MichAGAIN campaign in the category of Human Capital for communities with populations of 200,000 – 500,000.

“We recognize Ann Arbor SPARK for providing successful strategies to promote new standards in economic development in this period of global recovery,” said Dennis Coleman, IEDC chair.  “Our awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in communities. They demonstrate that they are at the forefront of the economic development profession and are using innovative and effective practices that can be replicated in other communities.”

MichAGAIN is an effort led by Ann Arbor SPARK to lure back grads who have left the state to take jobs at high tech firms elsewhere.  It was recently adopted by the Michigan Economic Development Corp for rollout across the state.