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Ann Arbor SPARK CEO elected to IASP executive board

Ann Arbor SPARK president and CEO Paul Krutko was recently elected by fellow leaders of international science parks and areas of innovation to the executive board of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation (IASP). He will serve a two-year term as vice president. Krutko is also the current president of the IASP North American Division. IASP is the leading organization in the world for science parks and areas of innovation.
 
After serving two years as vice president, Krutko will become the president of the IASP board of directors.
 
“It’s a privilege to represent Ann Arbor on a global stage, and to share the successes that have contributed to our thriving economy,” said Krutko. “The IASP World Conference featured theme was ‘The Global Mind’ and drew connections between community, internationalization, sustainability and growth. It’s fitting that our regional economy represents this theme so perfectly: Ann Arbor is home to a range of global companies that are able to tap in to our unique assets – talent, capital and infrastructure – to achieve success.”
 
“It is a great honor to be elected by my peers from around the world to this leadership position,” Krutko added.
 
Krutko’s election took place at the 33rd IASP World Conference in Moscow, Russia. The IASP World Conference is a knowledge community in action, a global gathering of 58 speakers and more than 1000 delegates, including leading government, business and innovation figures from 45 countries.
 
This year’s IASP theme focused on linking innovation communities for internationalization, sustainability and growth. The goal of the conference was to spotlight how science parks and areas of innovation can use the Global Mind —setting common goals and strengthening connectivity— for the benefit of businesses, entrepreneurs, researchers and technicians as well as for their cities and regions.
 
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