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36th IASP World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation

The Ann Arbor SPARK Area of Innovation Meets the 4th Industrial Revolution

IASP 2019 Nantes - Proceedings
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  1. Authors
    Alex West
  2. Publisher
  3. Publication date
    September 2019
  4. Place of publication
    Nantes, France
  5. Number of pages

In order to face the challenge of the 4 Industrial Revolution as an economic development

organization, Ann Arbor SPARK in Ann Arbor, MI, USA, is confronting the changing landscape

directly by engaging with it on multiple levels. This paper outlines three specific case studies

illustrating this strategy. The first outlines the evolution of a public facing technology event

to include a showcase of mobility technology and a summit for experts to convene. The

second shows what a long-term view really looks like; beginning with a white paper and

ending with a 500-acre connected and automated vehicle testing ground at one of the

automotive industry’s most historic sites. And the third sets the stage for multi-faceted

partnerships to affect small-scale city level change through a living laboratory for mobility


  1. Conference name
    36th IASP World Conference on Science Parks and Areas of Innovation
  2. Conference theme
    The 4th Industrial Revolution: areas of innovation and science parks as key boosters for a successful transition
  3. Location
    Nantes, France
  4. Start date
  5. End date

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