Ann Arbor SPARK and EDCLC Recognize Livingston County Economic Successes

ANN ARBOR, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Economic progress and successes were celebrated at Ann Arbor SPARK’s
annual meeting in Livingston County, co-hosted by the Economic
Development Council of Livingston County (EDCLC). The organizations also
honored organizations that demonstrated outstanding business leadership
in the last year. Lowry Solutions was honored as Talent Innovator of the
Year, and First National Bank and the Great Lakes Women’s Business
Council were awarded Economic Development Partner of the Year award.

A video highlighting the economic successes in Livingston County is
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In addition, Ann Arbor SPARK and EDCLC honored several board members for
their service to the community. The organizations recognized Tom
Sullivan, retired president of Cleary University, Belinda Peters,
retired Livingston County Administrator, and Scott Griffith, president
of Griffith Realty.

“Livingston County’s economy has certainly grown since Ann Arbor SPARK
and EDCLC began working together in 2011,” said Paul Krutko, president
and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK. “We’ve seen global leaders like Thai Summit
America and Eberspacher choose Livingston County for their businesses,
as well as Lake Trust Credit Union; these economic development wins have
resulted in multi-million dollar investments in Livingston County and
hundreds of new jobs. With innovative talent and investment programs in
place now that were developed in response to employer demand, Livingston
County is well-positioned for continued success.”

First National Bank and the Great Lakes Women’s Business Council were
honored for establishing a microloan fund to support business growth in
the county. The $100,000 fund awards up to $50,000 to businesses in
Livingston County. The competitive loans are designed to help companies
fill a key need that will help them further their success.

First National Bank, a key community leader in Livingston County for
over 120 years, is focused on providing practical financial services to
families and businesses. The Great Lakes Women’s Business Council is a
Michigan-based nonprofit organization that advances business owners by
certifying 1,000 women business owners as a regional partner for the
Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, training 15,000 business
owners and through its CEED Lending initiative, lending more than $5.5
million resulting in the creation of more than 1,800 jobs and over $11.6
billion in revenue generated.

Lowry Solutions was honored for its partnership with Pinckney Community
Schools’ internship program. The partnership has resulted in not only
teaching in-demand skills to students, it’s shown Livingston County
students and families that high level opportunities exist for them
within the region.

Headquartered in Brighton, Lowry Solutions is a Global Systems
Integrator of complete technology solutions for businesses and the
Department of Defense. The company has a reputation for providing the
best and broadest comprehensive technical support services and
IT/customer portals in the Automatic Identification Data Capture

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, 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


Ann Arbor SPARK
Jenn Cornell, 734-765-0174