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Paul Krutko has been Ann Arbor SPARK’s president and CEO since 2011. Ann Arbor SPARK is a public-private partnership of business, government and academic institutions working to create economic prosperity in the Ann Arbor region. SPARK is responsible for economic development in Washtenaw and Livingston Counties and as a SmartZone delivers initiatives to support entrepreneurs and early-stage companies accelerating their growth to full potential in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. SPARK curates and implements a strategic framework designed to maintain and to enhance the region's global competitiveness.
Krutko has over four decades of economic and community development expertise. He led San Jose, California's economic development efforts as chief development officer. He had similar roles in Cleveland and Jacksonville, Florida. Paul also founded Peloton Development, a consultancy devoted to advising businesses and municipal, regional, state, and national governments on economic development and climate prosperity strategies and on creating high performing economic development leaders and teams.
Krutko earned a Bachelor of Urban Planning and Design degree from the University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture and Art.