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Ann Arbor Spark

Frequently Asked Questions

Who we are

What is Ann Arbor SPARK?

Ann Arbor SPARK is a non-profit economic development organization committed to growing the Ann Arbor region’s economy. Headquartered in downtown Ann Arbor and serving Washtenaw and Livingston counties, we advance the region by encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction, and retention at every stage of the business development cycle — from startups to large organizations.

Who we are

What is economic development?

Economic development is the result of sustained, concerted, and collaborative efforts that advance the standard of living and economic health of a targeted geographic area.

According to the U.S. Economic Development Administration, economic development creates the conditions for improved quality of life by expanding the capacity of individuals, firms, and communities to maximize the use of their talents and skills to support the innovation that drives economic growth.

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With whom does SPARK collaborate?

One of SPARK’s primary objectives is to bring together private and public partners, like the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), Michigan Works! Association, city and municipal partners, University of Michigan, and others to support the growth of companies and the creation of jobs in Washtenaw and Livingston counties.

We also partner with other regional economic development organizations, such as Destination Detroit, on opportunities that will impact all of southeast Michigan.