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Displaying items by tag: Southwest Michigan First

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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