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Ann Arbor Spark

January 28, 2019

Phil Santer Receives 2019 Economic Development Industry “40 Under 40” Award

January 26, 2019

Opportunity Zones in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties

What are Opportunity Zones? In the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the U.S. Congress established a new economic development tool to encourage development in low- to moderate-income census tracts by providing preferential tax treatment to investments made in these areas. The legislation created “Opportunity Zones” and “Opportunity Funds” as investment tools to filter funds […]
January 25, 2019

Five Bullet Friday 01.25.19

Each week, the SPARK team compiles a summary email featuring news, successes, happenings, and upcoming events. We call it Five Bullet Friday — a name we stole from Tim Ferris (sorry, Tim!) except ours almost always has more than five bullets. We’re excited to start sharing it here on our a blog with you! Upcoming Events to know about (also, […]
January 24, 2019

5 Things You Should Take Away from Swisher’s 2018 Year-End Vacancy Report

January 24, 2019

Ypsilanti’s Growing Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Welcomes Back Office Studio

January 18, 2019

Economic Development Council of Livingston County Delivers $13 Million in New Community Investment in 2018

With support from Ann Arbor SPARK, the Economic Development Council of Livingston County released its 2018 fourth quarter report highlighting recent economic activity and successes. Ann Arbor SPARK partners with the Economic Development Council of Livingston County (EDCLC) to expand economic opportunity throughout the region. The EDCLC established an ongoing partnership Ann Arbor SPARK in […]
January 16, 2019

Chicago Transplant Grows Roots in Ann Arbor Tech Culture

January 14, 2019

Three Ann Arbor SPARK Clients Selected for SXSW Pitch

Derq, MySideKick, and Pathware were selected as finalists in the eleventh annual SXSW Pitch® (formerly SXSW Accelerator) taking place on Saturday, March 9 and Sunday, March 10 in Austin. The pitch competition will feature 50 interactive technology companies competing in 10 different categories in front of a live audience and a panel of expert judges. […]
January 09, 2019

Nexient adds over 100 Michigan tech workers

January 08, 2019

It Takes Money, Episode 3 with Stew Nelson

Guest: Stew Nelson It Takes Money is a series of podcasts hosted by Skip Simms featuring angel investors and experts who offer insight on how to invest in startups. In these podcasts we’ll discuss the many aspects of angel investing and why they’re choosing to invest in Michigan.
January 03, 2019

Howell Michigan Introduces Rental Subsidy Program in Support of Small Businesses

A new rental subsidy program is being rolled out in the New Year in Downtown Howell. The program is geared towards retail, dining, arts and entertainment-based businesses looking to locate their business in downtown Howell. Through the support of Lake Trust Credit Union, Howell Main Street Inc. will be able to provide rental assistance for […]
January 03, 2019

Ann Arbor Named one of the Most Innovative Metro Hubs in the Country

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.