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Ann Arbor Spark

December 05, 2018

CEO Podcast: Doug Rothwell, Business Leaders for Michigan

December 03, 2018

PlanetM awards more than $224,000 to three mobility startups to launch pilots in Michigan

PlanetM awarded grants to HAAS Alert, Humanising Autonomy and RoadBotics to launch pilots that address real-world transportation challenges throughout Michigan as part of the PlanetM Startup Grant program. One of the first of its kind, the PlanetM Pilot Grants provide mobility startups funds to deploy and validate their technologies in Michigan. “The PlanetM Pilot Grants […]
November 29, 2018

Ann Arbor SPARK Client Censys Announces $2.6M Seed Round

November 28, 2018

University of Michigan-Dearborn Designates Washtenaw and Livingston Communities as eCities

November 26, 2018

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 […]
November 21, 2018

Ann Arbor vs. Columbus – How Do We Compare?

November 20, 2018

eBook: Industrial Facilities Exemption (PA 198) Best Practices

The Industrial Facilities Exemption (also known as PA 198, IFT, or Industrial Facilities Tax) remains one of the most commonly-used economic development tools available to local governments in Michigan. This tool provides a 50 percent property tax abatement on new real and personal property investments for up to 12 years. Only certain types of businesses […]
November 20, 2018

St. Joseph Mercy Livingston Celebrates 90th Anniversary

HOWELL, Mich. – (Nov. 20, 2018) –  St. Joseph Mercy Livingston hospital is marking its 90th anniversary with colleague and community events to take place in the coming months. “Ninety years have passed, and our dedication to the Livingston County community still thrives thanks to our leaders, caregivers and volunteers,” said John O’Malley, president of […]
November 19, 2018

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Winner VerteCore to Move to Ann Arbor

November 16, 2018

Looking for a Career in Mobility? Opportunity Knocks in Ann Arbor

November 15, 2018

Ann Arbor vs. Bloomington – How Do We Compare?

November 15, 2018

Top three ways the Bid Targeting System can help businesses secure contracts with federal government 

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.