Located at the crossroads of the nation, anchored by the University of Michigan and home to one of the world’s most highly educated workforces, the Greater Ann Arbor Region is equipped and ready for business. No one can imagine, engineer, build and deliver your idea to the world better than we can.
The Greater Ann Arbor Region is a collaborative effort that includes Ann Arbor SPARK, Hillsdale County Economic Development Partnership, The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Monroe County Business Development Corp, and Lenawee Now. Funded by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Greater Ann Arbor Region partners work together to attract growing businesses that are seeking a destination for relocation or expansion.
Greater Ann Arbor Region Partners:
Hillsdale County Economic Development Partnership (EDP)
A local nonprofit organization committed to the growth of Hillsdale County. We work to provide economic development for the area through our entrepreneurial development, business and industry retention & expansion and business attraction efforts. We also provide services, resources and advocacy efforts on behalf of area business.
Founded in 1844, Hillsdale College is an independent, coeducational, residential, liberal arts college. Located in rural southern Michigan. The nearly 200-acre College known for being the first American college to prohibit in its charter all discrimination based on race, religion, or sex; and for its refusal to accept government funding.
- Lost Nations is a State Game Area located on 2,500-acres in Hillsdale County. Portions of this area are open to public hunting.
- Sitting on 250 beautiful acres of rolling hills, wetlands, streams, and a private spring fed lake Michindoh provides an ideal setting for Michigan’s premier Outdoor Education School. Conference Center, Christian Camp, Retreat Center.
- Hillsdale Community Health Center – “Large enough to be of service … small enough to care”. The new 40,000 square foot addition features 19 beds for the hospital’s Skilled Nursing Unit and the main floor is dedicated to the hospital’s Obstetrics Department.
- Will Carleton Academy provides a playing field where children compete, are proud of academic honors, as well as good behavior and good sportsmanship. They promote intellectual pursuit, virtues of honesty and the importance of family and home.
Visit http://www.hillsdaleedp.org/ for more information.
Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc (EG)
Established in 1997 to lead business recruitment and retention in Jackson County, the EG is a private/public partnership organized to promote and coordinate economic development initiatives and create wealth within Jackson County. The EG is comprised of Jackson’s leading business organizations.
Ella Sharp Museum of Art & History
- Cascade Falls Park: One of Jackson County’s most popular parks with over 457 acres to include the world-famous Cascades Illuminated Waterfall; the Midwest’s largest Civil War Muster, which is the second largest in the nation; three yearly fireworks shows; popular walking trails, a basketball court, baseball and softball fields, an urban fishery and an 18-hole Championship Golf Course.
- Ella Sharp Park and Museum of Art & History: Over 560 acres of property to include the Museum of Art & History; Hurst Planetarium; numerous year-round festivals such as the Hot Air Jubilee and the Sugar and Shearing festivals; golf course and mini-golf; sports fields as well as walking and biking trails.
- Lake Living and Water Recreational Opportunities: Jackson County has an abundance of lake and river living and recreational opportunities with over 188 lakes and three rivers throughout Jackson County, which include a national boat racing event, lake festivals and events, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and swimming.
- Falling Waters Trail: Situated on the bed of the former Michigan Central Railroad, the Falling Waters Trail is a unique, 10.5-mile-long linear park that is an ideal place to stroll, jog, bike ride or rollerblade and connects to an additional 14-1/2 miles of intercity trail systems.
- Armory Arts Village (AAV) Campus: Brings world travelers to Jackson County to see the ART 634 complex, which includes gallery, theatre, art businesses, coffee shop; the Armory Arts Village Apartments, a live/work artists’ residence; Second Sunday events; Historic Prison Tours; Jackson School of the Arts, and a one-mile Grand River ArtsWalk, which con-nects the AAV Campus to downtown Jackson.
Visit http://www.enterprisegroup.org/ for more information.
Lenawee Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)
A non-profit organization dedicated to economic and business expansion throughout Lenawee County, we focus on attracting new businesses, helping to grow established businesses, and supporting entrepreneurial endeavors in Lenawee, LEDC is creating an economically viable and vibrant region. In addition to business attraction, retention and start-up activities, LEDC provides critical services to support business growth including access to funding sources and talent enhancement.
Croswell Opera House
- Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn, Michigan, boasts a proud, 43-year history of hosting America’s best racing action on its 1,400-plus acres in the scenic Irish Hills. With 18 degree banking and 73-foot wide sweeping turns, Michigan International Speedway provides drivers with three and four grooves to run around the two-mile speedway. A wide variety of non-racing events are also hosted on site.
- The Adrian Symphony Orchestra was founded more than 30 years ago with the mission to create musical performances of the highest quality and to present activities that educate, enhance, and improve the quality of life for the citizens of Lenawee County and South¬east Michigan. The ASO attracts the finest musicians from the world’s stage to produce performances of the high quality normally experienced in a large city.
- Hidden Lake Gardens is a paradise in a park, a place which is an escape from the everyday world and yet a connection to the world of nature for every visitor. Subtle and bold courtyards display trees as artworks. There are rare and exotic plants in different conservatory settings. From the comfort of your car or on meandering footpaths, the visitor has at their disposal a visual treat, ranging from the modest to the magnificent. Every season offers new adventures.
- The Croswell Opera House has been at the center of Adrian’s downtown since 1866. When it first opened, the Croswell provided entertainment including concerts, lectures, vaudeville acts, minstrel shows, and various educational activities. Legendary figures such as Susan B. Anthony, Frederick Douglas and Edwin Booth graced the stage throughout the years.
- The Tecumseh Center for the Arts is a 572-seat, fully equipped performance facility, providing a wide variety of events that light up the stage. From Broadway stars, to sensational chart topping bands and world class national touring acts to local theater companies and youth events, you’ll find it all on stage at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts Shirley Todd Herrick Theater.
Visit http://lenaweenow.org/ for more information.
Economic Development Council of Livingston County (EDCLC)
EDCLC is a non-profit agency dedicated to the creation and sustainability of economic opportunities in-sync with the quality of life and unique characteristics of Livingston County. We are a one-stop resource for businesses seeking growth in Livingston County. In 2011 SPARK formalized a partnership with the EDCLC to provide economic development services to businesses and advance the economy of Livingston County.
Howell Balloon Festival
- The Michigan Challenge Balloonfest is hosted by the Howell Area Chamber of Commerce and attracts 100,000 attendees and takes place June 28th-30th at the Howell High School complex.
- Kensington Metropark is an extremely popular destination for visitors of Livingston county that boasts over 1,200 acres of water for canoeing and swimming, seven hiking trails those who love wildlife, a disc golf course, a nature center, and a challenging 18 hole par 71 public golf course, which is also used for cross country skiing in the winter.
- Brighton’s Smokin’ Jazz & Barbecue Blues Festival attracts thousands of locals and visitors to Downtown Brighton to experience the taste of great barbecue and drinks while enjoying the sounds of authentic jazz and blues music.
- The Howell Nature Center is a non-profit organization that provides comprehensive education, recreation, and wildlife to individuals and groups from all over the Midwest, offering retreat and meeting facilities, summer camps, a nature zoo, team building, and high-adventure challenge programs on its 270 acres.
- Brighton Summerfest is an event that is hosted annually by the Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce that draws thousands of visitors and provides visitors with the sounds of bluegrass and country music while showcasing local businesses with sidewalk sales.
Visit http://www.annarborusa.org/ for more information.
Monroe County Business Development Corporation (BDC)
Formed in 1982 by several area business people, the BDC is charged with improving the local economy by actively supporting the business base. We are a corporation serving industry to attract, retain and diversify job opportunities in Monroe County in manufacturing, research and service.
River Raisin Jazz Festival
- Swimming, sailing, walleye fishery and breathtaking sunsets make Lake Erie one of the top destinations for tourists and locals. There’s a reason that 4 out of 5 Great Lakes prefer Michigan, and Monroe County has one of them!
- Known as our nation’s “newest” national park, River Raisin National Battlefield Park is the only national battlefield park from the War of 1812. RRNBP offers visitors the chance to relive history while surrounding themselves in the lush landscape of Monroe County.
- The River Raisin Jazz Festival is a free event, held annually in August and has featured world class jazz artists like Kenny G, David Sanborn, Chuck Mangione, Ray Parker Jr., Spyro Gyra, Alexander Zonij’s & more. How can you go wrong with 18,190 “likes” on Facebook?
- Considered one of Michigan’s Seven wetland wonders, Pointe Mouillee State Game Area, located on the western shores of Lake Erie, is one of the most respected waterfowl locations in Michigan. Consisting of 4,040 acres it is one of the largest freshwater marsh restoration projects in the world.
- Much more than a retail store, Cabela’s Outfitters Superstore is a local tourist attraction, featuring a 48 ft mountain, 65,000 gallon aquarium, museum quality displays of wild animals and much more! While there, sample venison brats, ostrich and other exotic foods.
Visit http://monroecountybdc.org/ for more information.
SPARK is Ann Arbor’s engine for economic development. We are an organization dedicated to the economic prosperity of the greater Ann Arbor region. We use our skills and knowledge to attract, develop, strengthen, and invest in driving industries to help our region thrive.
Arts & Culture
- Hill Auditorium & University Musical Society– UMS has been around for 134 years and offers over 60 performances each year. Previous performers have included the Chicago Symphony and Yo Gabba Gabba.
- The Ark- The Ark is Ann Arbor’s nonprofit home for acoustic music. Considered one of the top music clubs in the world, The Ark is renowned for the quality and breadth of its programming. The Ark is an intimate 400-seat club presenting performers who fall into the wide-ranging genres of folk and roots music. With live music over 300 nights each year in one of the best listening rooms anywhere, The Ark is a sure bet for a memorable evening of enriching entertainment, musical artistry, and personal warmth.
- The Ann Arbor region is home to dozens of unique galleries and a newly-renovated University of Michigan Art Museum.
- Canoeing on the Huron River
- Cider mills
- Argo Nature Area
- Award winning golf courses
- Ann Arbor has over 150 parks
- Big Ten Football, basketball, and hockey games.
- Ann Arbor Art Fair -Washtenaw County offers an array of street festivals and outdoor fairs. The award-winning Ann Arbor Art Fairs draw an annual crowd of nearly 500,000 as the streets of downtown are transformed into an outdoor art gallery.
- Walkable downtown
- Locally owned shops, galleries, and farmers markets
- The Ann Arbor Michigan area is renowned for its diversity of tastes. With more than 250 eateries — from acclaimed restaurants to unique and delicious finds — dining in Ann Arbor is sure to satisfy every craving.
- Washtenaw County is home to the University of Michigan, a major research institution and source of world-class talent. Regional and community colleges, such as Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College, also graduate thousands of highly-skilled workers into the region each year.
- Top-ranked K-12 Schools
- There are five colleges and universities located in the city.
Visit http://www.annarborusa.org/ for more information.