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Posted on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 6:54 p.m.

Ann Arbor SPARK recommends Saline appoint a business ambassador

By Ben Freed

Ann Arbor SPARK vice president Luke Bonner recently recommended the city of Saline appoint a business ambassador and expand its business outreach efforts, according to a story from the Saline Reporter.

The recommendations came as part of a 12-month business development strategy plan that Bonner presented to the Saline City Council Nov. 19.


City manager Todd Campbell will likely share Business Ambassador duties with Kathy Corfman of the treasurer department.

Photo from the City of Saline website

Bonner told the council that the city needs to continue its proactive approach to dealing with businesses and to identify an ambassador who can champion the city as a good place to do business.

Bonner also recommended a bi-annual Saline business summit, a "Doing business in Saline" information packet, and closer collaboration between local businesses and Saline's school system.

Click here to read the full story from the Saline Reporter.

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Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 4:37 p.m.

Yay, another new staff member sucking more dollars for no reason. I wonder what the impact would be if these SPARK organizations ceased to exist. other than that tax money going to better use, I mean. SPARK: What concrete deliverable have you provided that is a good return on the money you are embezzling?


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 4:09 p.m.

Maybe Saline could entice Menards to consider a place on Michigan Ave. Possibly the site of the old Ford tractor building.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 2:45 p.m.

I live in Saline and I can say that the first order of business should be more available parking, a lot more. Secondly, there really aren't any big, magnet type stores. Ones that people are really drawn to. I say let the old Visteon plant be leveled and put in a large mall with some anchore stores. Most Saline residents drive to AA because that's where everything is.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 7:54 a.m.

News flash - Ann Arbor DDA finds a bigger home in Saline. AATA goes along for "the ride".

Rick Stevens

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 3:06 a.m.

Another gem from SPARK. Just what businesses need - a 'business ambassador'. This would be funny if SPARK didn't waste so much of our money (quarter of a million from Washtenaw County alone). Isn't Saline already 'championing the city as a good place to do business'?