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Ann Arbor SPARK Reports Impressive Q2 2018 Results of Partnership with Economic Development Council of Livingston County


In its recent
quarterly report
of economic activity and successes in Livingston
County, Ann Arbor SPARK and its partner the Economic Development Council
of Livingston County (EDCLC) highlighted company expansions and new
talent partnerships that are working to expand economic opportunity
throughout the region.

"Building on the successes from the first quarter, we continue to
celebrate economic growth within Livingston County," said Phil Santer,
Ann Arbor SPARK vice president, business development. "We are pleased
that SPARK's efforts — from connecting resources at local and state
levels to helping area businesses expand, find talent, and access
critical training resources — deliver results for the businesses and
people in Livingston County."

Key Highlights:

PRT Growing Services Ltd., a Canadian forest seedling grower, is leasing
24 acres of the Brighton Tree Improvement Center located within the
Brighton Recreation State Park. The lease agreement with Michigan DNR
will reestablish the land as a nursery operation for containerized tree
seedlings. SPARK coordinated introductory meetings with Hamburg Township
officials and made referrals to local construction firms through which
PRT could submit bid requests for the construction of 30 greenhouses.

SPARK shared best practices from the Flint Mass Transit Authority (MTA)
program connecting Flint to Livingston County during a Greater Ann Arbor
Region Workforce Opportunity Workshop held at Adrian College in May.

In April, SPARK sponsored and participated in Livingston County's first Championing
Futures Road Rally
. Coordinated by Livingston Education Services
Agency (LESA), Champion Chevrolet, and others within the area, the event
helped raise scholarship funds for Livingston County students in the
skilled trades. More than $10,000 was raised during the event.

Upcoming Initiatives:

SPARK and the EDCLC are pleased to coordinate Livingston County's
participation in the second Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY). This national
effort is designed to address the skilled labor shortage employers face
by showcasing the industry and connecting with future generations.
Livingston County currently has 10 participating companies lined up and
SPARK is coordinating efforts with area schools on getting students to

Applications for the state-wide initiative Going PRO (formerly known as
the Skilled Trades Training Fund) open in September. SPARK can consult
Livingston County businesses interested in completing the grant
application process.

For more information about economic development in Livingston County,
join area business, government, and community leaders as the Economic
Development Council of Livingston County celebrates 35 years of economic
development. The luncheon is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19 at
Crystal Gardens in Howell. The program will highlight local successes
and provide recognition to the top economic drivers in Livingston
County. Registration will open in early August at


Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization, is advancing the region by
encouraging and supporting business acceleration, attraction and
retention. The organization identifies and meets the needs of business
at every stage, from start-ups to large organizations. Ann Arbor SPARK
collaborates with business, academic, government, and community investor
partners to achieve its mission. For more information, please call (734)
761-9317 or visit

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