A look back on this week’s economic development headlines, announcements, and other share-worthy news from the Ann Arbor region.
- Ann Arbor SPARK published the second in a series about economic development incentives in Michigan, this one is on the MEDC’s Business Development Program.
- Our partners at Michigan Works! Southeast recently held an event for elected officials to help them dig into the realities, challenges, and opportunities around finding and retaining talent in 2020. We posted our key takeaways based on that conversation: 4 Ideas on Retaining Talent in 2020
- Our March attraction story features the new general counsel of R2 Space, which we worked to attract to Ann Arbor last year.
- SPARK client ADI Wins AFWERX Fighter-Bomber Pitch Day Award, a continued focus of doing physical development and validation in a simulated environment, and ADI has been leading the way on that effort.
- Grant Thornton teams with LLamasoft to help clients make faster, smarter supply chain decisions.
- Ann Arbor’s Shine & Rise Offers Resources, Community to Women in Tech. In addition to monthly meetups, they are working on a compensation transparency survey, which can be found here.
- Oxford Companies releases a look-book featuring its portfolio, services, and why Ann Arbor is a great destination to build and grow your business.
- Mobility Innovation Thrives in Ann Arbor – “Many of today’s mobility startups actually fall into the mobility-as-a-service subsector that improves the way we access things by creating safer, more sustainable, and efficient solutions. These companies create products and services that range from pedestrian safety apps, autonomous delivery vehicles, drone deliveries, supply chain management, shared transit services, cybersecurity efforts, and more.”
Food for Thought
- WSJ Tech News Briefing shares how tech companies in other parts of the country are working to attract more talent their way.
- Millennials Find New Hope In The Heartland: Ann Arbor ranked as the #7 top heartland metro for young people as more young people move to the country’s vast interior in search of opportunity, affordable housing, and a chance to live where they feel they can make a difference.
- Event organizers are monitoring the COVID-19 virus and changes may occur quickly. Please confirm with event organizers if you have any questions about the status of an event. Read Ann Arbor SPARK’s COVID-19 response.