This week, That Michigan Show explores the theme of "creating the culture" for creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation.
First - We talk with attendees from last weekend's Creative Educators Summit to learn why building a culture of creativity is important for Michigan students.
ALSO – We continue our series of exploring Michigan¹s Economic Development Collaboratives with a look at Ann Arbor SPARK. Ann Arbor SPARK is an economic development group that works to create a culture of business development and expansion in Michigan's South Central region. We interview Ann Arbor SPARK President and CEO, Paul Krutko, to learn more!
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Paul Krutko is Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO. In this role, he leads the organization’s efforts to expand the regional economy through business attraction, retention and initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential to
benefit the region.
Paul has more than 31 years of economic and business development expertise. Before joining Ann Arbor SPARK, he led San Jose, California's economic development efforts, where he served as chief development officer. He has also worked in economic development for the cities of Cleveland and Jacksonville. In addition to his economic development leadership for San Jose and other cities, Paul founded Peloton Development, a consultancy devoted to advising businesses and municipal, regional, state, and national governments on economic development and climate prosperity strategies and on creating high performing economic development leaders and teams.
Paul is currently secretary/treasurer and incoming vice-chair of the International Economic Development Council. He co-chairs the organization's Economic Development Research Partners subsidiary. He was selected as an Fellow Member of IEDC in 2009. He earned a bachelor of urban planning and design degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art.
Creative Educators Summit Interviewees:
Bob Trezise, President and CEO of the Lansing Economic Area Partnership: www.purelansing.com
Anuj Schah, Junior at Michigan State University
Karissa Bradly, Freshman at Grand Valley State
Laketa Dumas, Founder of RU Ready 4 Bizness: http://ruready4bizness.com/site/
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