Tag Archives: Ann Arbor SPARK

Ann Arbor to millennials… “We hear you like trains and tall buildings. How many of each do we need before you’ll look beyond our sexism and homophobia and move here?”

I was hoping that this kind of thing had died with the career of Richard Florida… I understand that it’s well intentioned, and I don’t disagree that Michigan needs to find a way to keep bright, innovative young people in the state. With that said, though, this reeks of desperation. And it brings back painful […]

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One month from today, assuming you win the auction, you could be the proud owner of Ypsilanti’s Smith Furniture Building… If so, what’ll you do with it?

It looks as though Ypsi’s long neglected Smith Furniture Building (15 South Washington Street), after years of sitting idle in the hands of a local property speculator, may finally be coming back in play. After years of urging by the City, James Pate, the owner of the 25,000 square foot building, which was originally constructed […]

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Inside Ann Arbor’s Workantile coworking community

118 South Main Street in Ann Arbor is home to a coworking community known as Workantile. Over the last several years, I’ve probably scratched out notes to myself half a dozen times, reminding me that I needed to hunt down the folks in charge and interview them for the site. Well, a few days ago, […]

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Ypsi’s Karen and Eric Maurer challenge Snyder on brownfield and historic preservation tax credits

Local real estate developers Eric and Karen Maurer were featured in today’s Detroit Free Press, in an article about the Governor’s recent decision to eliminate tax credits like those which were utilized to restore several of the buildings along Ypsilanti’s Michigan Avenue corridor. In the following clip, you’ll not only hear the Maurers’ point of […]

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Ypsi business plan competition

I just received the following from Ann Arbor SPARK and thought that I’d pass it along… If you’ve got an idea for a technology-based business, this might be a great opportunity to both get some exposure, and some free business development services. On June 4, 3:30-6:30 p.m., Ann Arbor SPARK, the region’s driving force of […]

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