Washtenaw County has been listed as one of the top five counties in Michigan for creative industries. ArtServe Michigan released the findings in their Creative State Michigan 2014, Creative Industries Report. Deb Polich is the Director of the Arts Alliance in Ann Arbor and a Board Member of ArtServe Michigan. She says Washtenaw County being in the top five is no surprise: Polich says Washtenaw County attracts people because of the two large universities, and cities like Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti that offer arts and culture experiences and education. She says Washtenaw county invested 181-million dollars in creative industries in Fiscal Year 2011.