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Oct 2016 | LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

STARTUP CITY USA: ANN ARBOR ATTRACTS & SUPPORTS GLOBAL BRANDS & TALENTS
JENNIFER CORNELL, ANN ARBOR SPARK

Shining a spotlight on Startup City USA (as Ann Arbor has become nationally known), Ann Arbor SPARK is a regional private-public economic development partnership that has, over the last 11 years, created one of the most successful areas of innovation in the United States. One aspect of SPARK’s strategic plan is to help technology entrepreneurs gain access to the resources that they need to grow into successful ventures.         

Looking at Ann Arbor as an example of the impact a high tech corridor can create, there are now 221 companies in downtown Ann Arbor alone, representing more than 2800 high tech employees.

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