by Geoff Larcom, Published June 02, 2010
YPSILANTI - Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin has been elected to the board of directors for Ann Arbor SPARK, a non-profit organization that seeks to bring businesses to the Ann Arbor area and help them flourish.
“It’s a distinct privilege and opportunity to be named to the Ann Arbor SPARK board of directors,” Martin said. “SPARK has had a tremendous effect on business growth in the area, and will play a crucial role in the area’s economic future.”
Ann Arbor mayor John Hieftje was also elected to the board at the economic development group’s annual meeting. Leigh Greden, executive director of government and community relations for Eastern, was among six new members named to the SPARK executive committee.
The organization is in its fifth year of assisting in the creation of economic opportunities throughout the region and state.
“Over the last five years, Ann Arbor SPARK has generated significant, positive results for our region through programs to attract, retain and grow businesses and talent,” SPARK CEO Michael Finney said in a statement. As we continue to serve as a catalyst for economic opportunities in the region, Ann Arbor SPARK’s board of directors plays an important role in supporting our work through their ideas, connections and guidance.”
SPARK's board of directors meets annually and provides broad direction for the organization. The executive committee meets every other month and provides regular guidance and oversight. Several members of the board also serve on the executive committee.
For a list of other board members and members of the executive committee, see http://www.annarborusa.org/about-us/governance