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Ann Arbor Spark

September 04, 2019

Orbion secures $9.2M Series A led by Material Impact to mass-produce plasma thrusters for satellite constellations

The Orbion Aurora system is a high-performance game-changer for New Space operators looking to maximize on investments in smallsat missions. Orbion Space Technology, developer of next-generation smallsat propulsion systems, today announced it has raised $9.2M in Series A funding led by Material Impact, a venture capital firm focused on translating early stage, innovative materials technologies […]
September 03, 2019

Ford Acquires Quantum Signal, Unlocking Expertise and Answers for Autonomous Vehicle Development

August 30, 2019

Weekly Rewind: Friday, August 30

August 29, 2019

Ann Arbor vs. Murfreesboro – how do we compare?

August 28, 2019

Paul Krutko, Ann Arbor SPARK President & CEO, to speak at Australian Intelligent Transport Systems Summit 2019

August 28, 2019

Economic Development in the Greater Ann Arbor Region

The Greater Ann Arbor Region (GAAR) initiative is a collaborative partnership of six counties — Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, Livingston, Monroe, and Washtenaw — working together to serve growing businesses that are seeking a destination for relocation or expansion. To help share the region’s story, GAAR created a series of videos that separately tell each county’s […]
August 28, 2019

Ann Arbor SPARK Helps Secure $170,000 in Site Readiness Grants for Washtenaw and Livingston Counties

As announced by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), both Washtenaw and Livingston counties will receive grants through the new competitive Michigan Build Ready Sites program. The targeted grant program aims to boost Michigan’s inventory of available properties ready to compete for business attraction projects. Both grants were shepherded by Ann Arbor SPARK. “These awards […]
August 23, 2019

Weekly Rewind: Friday, August 23

August 19, 2019

Cause and Effects of Employee Turnover

New study identifies the most common reasons for employee turnover are transportation and childcare. Michigan Works! Southeast, along with five other Michigan Works! Agencies contracted with the Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) to research employee turnover in our region. “We commissioned this study in direct response to meet the needs of our employers,” said William Sleight, […]
August 15, 2019

Ann Arbor: A Destination for Connected Technology Development

August 14, 2019

SPARK.grow: Tech Trek 2019 Conversations with Brooke and Megan

August 14, 2019

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell Tours Ann Arbor SPARK, Meets with Local Small Businesses

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell took a tour of Ann Arbor SPARK to meet with local small businesses in various stages of development, as well as economic development experts who help local businesses mature.  The Congresswoman discussed topics of importance to local entrepreneurs so she can better understand the issues facing the small business community in Michigan […]
The KLA-Tencor Site Selection Process with Ann Arbor SPARK

2018 marked a significant number of economic development projects for the Ann Arbor region, including the noteworthy announcement that KLA-Tencor — a Silicon Valley-headquartered provider of process control solutions for semiconductor and related industries — selected Ann Arbor as the home for a new R&D facility. The new development is expected to generate a total capital investment of $70 million and create 500 high tech jobs over the next five years.