Luke Bonner has nearly 15 years of progressive economic development experience. Over that time Luke has completed over 1,000 business retention visits, supported over 250 company projects, where the companies have committed to nearly 10,000 jobs and over $1 billion of new investment in Michigan communities. In the past three years at Ann Arbor SPARK Luke has most notably spearheaded the redevelopment of the former Willow Run Powertrain Facility into a connected and autonomous vehicle test center. Luke has organized partners such as The University of Michigan, Center for Automotive Research, and Walbridge, to escalate this project to global audiences.
As the Economic Development Manager for Sterling Heights, Luke capitalized on a burgeoning defense industry to develop projects such as the BAE Systems Ground Vehicle Center of Excellence. Luke navigated a very sophisticated system of site consultants, government procurement, and a challenging land deal, to put an incentive package together to help bring this project to a reality. Luke began his career in Taylor, Michigan, working on 25 brownfield redevelopment projects for the City to create jobs, investment, and reduce blight in the community.
Luke currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Ann Arbor SPARK, and holds an advisory board position with Farmington based Kyyba, an Inc. 500/5000 fastest growing company. Luke has been a featured speaker at a number of events including GVSETS-Defense Industry, Connected Vehicle Trade Association, and local tech meetups in Ann Arbor. Luke holds a bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan, a Master's Degree in Liberal Studies and Technology at Eastern Michigan, and has completed real estate course work at the Ross School of Business. Luke holds professional certifications with the International Economic Developers Council and National Development Council. Luke has been married to Sarah for 11 years and has two children, Noah 9, and Anna 6.