FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – MAY 25, 2016 — Produced by the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP), Areas of Innovation in a Global World: Concept and Practiceis now available for purchase on Amazon.  The book features experts from around the world who share insights, criteria for success, and practical experience for managers of areas of innovation. The book includes a chapter authored by Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK.

“Areas of innovation are communities like Ann Arbor, where the people and organizations that are assets to the economy are working together to create prosperity,” said Krutko. “Our regional economy offers insight on what works, and is a model for other regions to copy. Ann Arbor is leading the way in having created and maintained a successful entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

Areas of Innovation in a Global World: Concept and Practice includes contributions from 15 countries and all seven continents. The book addresses the current demand for areas of innovation, identifying key trends and concepts, and shares management insights and successful approaches.

Areas of Innovation in a Global World: Concept and Practice expands on the concept of the science park and university environments, and explores the new and even more active role of cities in stimulating growth via innovation, creating sustainable and effective working and living conditions, and forming appealing urban ecosystems for students, scientists, entrepreneurs, larger corporations, investors, and startups.

“As we are deeply convinced that IASP experience and innovation leadership can fully benefit these new types of organizations we are glad to support and sponsor this publication of high value with outstanding articles from several authors all across our global network, and to share them with policy makers and innovation professionals around the world,” said IASP president Jean-François Balducchi, of Atlanpole, Nantes, France.

Ann Arbor earned designation as an IASP Area of Innovation in 2014.Krutko is an IASP board member, and president of IASP’s North American division.

About Ann Arbor SPARK

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 including the University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Washtenaw Community College, Washtenaw County, Livingston County, the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone (LDFA), Washtenaw County etcs/Michigan Works!, the City of Ann Arbor, Bank of Ann Arbor and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. For more information, please call (734) 761-9317 or visit

About the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP)

IASP is the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation, founded in 1984. With nearly 400 members in 70 countries, IASP connects professionals managing science, technology and research parks (STPs) and other areas of innovation from across the globe, and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for members. IASP members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs in their cities and regions, and contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology. For further information about IASP, please visit




Source: SPARK