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File #: 15-0524    Version: 1 Name: 6/15/15 Resolution for SPARK FY16 Contract
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 6/15/2015 In control: City Council
On agenda: 6/15/2015 Final action: 6/15/2015
Enactment date: 6/15/2015 Enactment #: R-15-204
Title: Resolution to Approve a Contract with Ann Arbor SPARK for Economic Development Services ($75,000.00)
Attachments: 1. SPARK contract FY16, 2. City Council Meeting 6 15 15
Title
Resolution to Approve a Contract with Ann Arbor SPARK for Economic Development Services ($75,000.00)
Memorandum
Attached for your consideration is a resolution to approve a contract with Ann Arbor SPARK. SPARK will conduct economic development activities, helping the City make progress on City Council's economic health priority area.

SPARK attracts new businesses, specifically technology companies. By providing continuous communications mechanisms between higher education, government, and the private and non-profit sectors, SPARK addresses the City and region's economic development needs and concerns.

Although SPARK has a regional mission, the contract specifies that services will be provided to the City, with specific deliverables. The deliverables are the attraction and retention of companies that add or maintain taxable value and add or retain jobs. Specific deliverables also include supporting the outcomes from City Council's Economic Collaborative Task Force.

Funding for the contract is in the FY2016 budget for $75,000.00.

Washtenaw Development Council began providing services to the City in 1982. In 2006, Washtenaw Development Council and Ann Arbor SPARK consolidated creating one unified organization. The merger of the two organizations supports the region's mission for economic growth for all communities in Washtenaw County.
Staff
Prepared by: Sara Higgins, Assistant to the City Administrator
Approved by: Steven D. Powers, City Administrator
Body
Whereas, The City has had a long-standing relationship with the Washtenaw Development Council since 1982 to provide services related to the economic development of the area;

Whereas, Washtenaw Development Council and Ann Arbor SPARK officially consolidated the two organizations in July 2006 creating one unified organization;

Whereas, The merger of the two organizations supports the region's mission for economic growth and represents all communities in Washtenaw Count...

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