This article reports on a meeting held today with Mary Sue Coleman of the U of M, Michael Finney, Executive Director of Ann Arbor S.P.A.R.K, and more than 300 local business people. The upshot is that the U of M has committed more than $3 million to develop programs and recruit the newly displaced Pfizer employees. This is huge.
While some critics maintain that our political leadership should have foreseen the Pfizer departure a long time ago, this initiative to not only offset the Pfizer loss, but to agressively partner with people to keep them in the area is a really positive sign.
I am a firm believer in the Entrepreneurial Spirit. If you have the seed planted to create your own business, Ann Arbor is a great place to do it.