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Ann Arbor Spark

October 30, 2020

Weekly Rewind: Ann Arbor’s Business News Recap

A look back on this week’s economic development headlines, announcements, and other share-worthy news from the Ann Arbor region.

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Food for Thought

  • AOL Co-Founder Steve Case Predicts the Cities and Industries That Could Create the Next Silicon Valley
    Case said cities like Ann Arbor, Michigan, and Pittsburgh are seeing startup success thanks to research institutions — the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon, respectively — that have been successful at retaining talent in recent years. “Before, people would go to those great universities and leave as part of that brain drain,” he said. “Now more people graduating are staying, and some people are even returning.”
  • Business Leaders for Michigan CEO: Change could signal a new direction for business leaders
    “If the group can use its weight to influence legislators toward goal-oriented retraining and investment pathways, then the state might have a fighting chance against the long tail of the pandemic recession.”