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In addition to being a member attorney at Bodman PLC, Carrie Leahy is also a member of board of the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti SmartZone, known locally as LDFA (Local Development Finance Authority). In her podcast with Paul Krutko, president and CEO of Ann Arbor SPARK, Leahy discusses why she chose to relocate to Ann Arbor from Chicago and her personal experience working with startups in both cities. She explains Michigan’s SmartZones, which includes the LDFA, and how the program supports economic growth in the Ann Arbor region. Leahy also talks about how LDFA works with Ann Arbor SPARK to help startups in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, and how the recent extension of LDFA’s contract with SPARK provides long term benefits to emerging companies.