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Displaying items by tag: Southwest Michigan First

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:01

DÉJÀ VU? MPI Research sale expected to benefit SW Michigan, despite loss of HQ

MATTAWAN — The proposed sale of MPI Research Inc. to Charles River Laboratories International Inc. for $800 million would end local ownership for a company that’s one of the largest employers in the greater Kalamazoo area.

Published in Breaking News
Friday, 12 January 2018 14:18

Southwest Michigan First, Discover Kalamazoo resolve dispute over use of 269

A nearly year-long federal court case between two Kalamazoo-area economic development organizations over the use various iterations of “269” in publications and marketing materials has been dismissed.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 15 October 2017 20:00

Life after Palisades: Despite extension to keep nuclear plant open until 2022, SW Mich. braces for economic impact

COVERT — Officials in Van Buren County felt a sense of relief last month when one of its largest employers and sources of tax revenue pledged to stay in the community for four more years.

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 26 September 2017 15:14

Newell Brands plans $7.3 million expansion in Kalamazoo

Newell Brands Inc. plans to invest $7.3 million and create 87 new jobs as part of an expansion at its R&D facility in Kalamazoo.

Published in Breaking News
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:22

‘Good Jobs’ legislation passes Michigan House

Controversial economic development legislation passed the Michigan House on Wednesday afternoon, setting the stage for Gov. Rick Snyder’s likely signature.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 25 June 2017 20:33

MiBiz Growth Report: June 26, 2017

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for June 26, 2017:

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 05 March 2017 20:07

Role for economic developers moves beyond corporate attraction, retention as economy shifts

Economic developers from West Michigan and across the state increasingly find their roles shifting.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 19 February 2017 18:00

WMU innovation institute bolsters product design talent pool

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University will launch a new product design institute to create a hub of designers in Southwest Michigan and supply local companies with talent.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 12 February 2017 20:00

Bill would ease process for companies in Michigan border towns to receive incentives

Legislation that passed the state Senate last Thursday seeks to level the playing field for economic development organizations trying to attract companies to Michigan’s border communities.

Published in Breaking News

Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:41

Proposed Exchange Building leads push for downtown housing in Kalamazoo

KALAMAZOO — It may have taken five years, but the partners behind one of the largest mixed-use projects in downtown Kalamazoo finally have secured the financing they need for the development. 

Sunday, 08 January 2017 15:18

Stryker expansion builds on Southwest Michigan’s life sciences corridor

KALAMAZOO — A major expansion by Stryker Corp. could provide a welcome shot in the arm for Southwest Michigan’s life sciences sector. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 25 December 2016 17:23

Kitchens of Southwest Michigan First sets sights on talent retention, attraction

Talent will continue to reign as the top issue Southwest Michigan First needs to tackle in 2017, according to CEO Ron Kitchens. He believes that the future of communities will depend on their ability to attract and retain Generation X and Millennial workers. To do that, his organization plans to integrate some of its employees into universities around the region, advocate for affordable downtown housing and promote an “open culture,” he said. Kitchens spoke with MiBiz about how economic developers’ jobs are shifting to focus on talent. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 02 October 2016 13:21

Major developments could get funding boost under proposed incentives

To help make Michigan more attractive for large-scale real estate developments, lawmakers want to give developers new options to help fund their projects.

Sunday, 01 May 2016 11:59

Rerouting trains through Kalamazoo could speed Amtrak travel to Chicago for GR riders

Investments in rail infrastructure eventually will expedite the time it takes for Amtrak passengers to commute from Kalamazoo to Chicago, potentially cutting travel times by a half hour. 

Sunday, 20 March 2016 17:48

Economic developers prioritize educating legislators to keep West Michigan competitive

The budget cuts at the state’s economic development organization have forced industry executives in West Michigan to adjust their tactics. 

Published in Economic Development

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