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Displaying items by tag: Western Michigan University

Sunday, 06 June 2021 17:00

Kalamazoo startup’s medical device fills unmet needs for diabetic patients

KALAMAZOO — A Kalamazoo startup seeks to raise $5.1 million over two capital rounds to commercialize a treatment for diabetic foot ulcers that cost billions of dollars annually to treat in the U.S.

Published in Health Care
Monday, 11 January 2021 17:00

Davenport University appoints higher ed veteran to lead business, technology colleges

Davenport University has appointed Amy Mansfield as the new dean of the Donald W. Maine College of Business and the College of Technology.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:40

Despite the odds, higher education shows flexibility during pandemic

Like many in higher education, Western Michigan University moved fast to shift thousands of classes online when the COVID-19 pandemic hit this spring. Some of the changes made during the crisis will stick, according to President Edward Montgomery, who joined WMU in 2017. Montgomery served as chief economist and deputy labor secretary in President Bill Clinton’s administration and was also on President Barack Obama’s auto task force. Prior to joining WMU, he was the founding dean and professor of economics at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 22 November 2020 10:47

MiBiz Growth Report: November 22, 2020

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for November 22, 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 08 November 2020 09:58

MiBiz Growth Report: November 8, 2020

Here is the MiBiz Growth Report for November 8, 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 08 June 2020 12:50

Jenson to retire from WMed; school launches national search for successor

KALAMAZOO — The founding dean at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo plans to retire early next year.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 07 June 2020 17:00

‘TREMENDOUS WIN:’ Tetra Therapeutics’ sale offers healthy returns for investors, validation for local ecosystem

GRAND RAPIDS — Tetra Therapeutics Inc.’s sale to a Japanese pharmaceutical company provides a final pathway toward bringing to market potential new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease and a form of autism, as well as generates a handsome return for financial backers.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 24 May 2020 18:20

Higher ed leaders plan for fall, respond to budget setbacks

Leaders at public universities, community colleges and private schools across Michigan are getting a clearer picture of their budget shortfalls resulting from COVID-19, but uncertainty still clouds enrollment prospects and future in-person learning.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 24 May 2020 18:00

Longer recession predicted without federal support for state, local budgets

University of Michigan researchers told state officials at this month’s revenue estimating conference they anticipate a gradual economic recovery in the next few years, resulting in an unemployment rate of 6.8 percent by the end of 2022.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 24 May 2020 08:57

Nonprofits hit pause on fundraisers, grapple with loss of revenue

Rescheduled. Postponed. Canceled. These are the words Michigan nonprofits are using frequently these days when talking about the status of fundraisers that are critical to the financial health of their organizations.

Published in Nonprofits
Tuesday, 12 May 2020 16:07

GVSU plans to resume in-person classes for fall, cover $13M COVID-19 shortfall

ALLENDALE — Grand Valley State University is tentatively planning to resume in-person classes for the fall 2020 semester while absorbing an anticipated $13 million budget shortfall related to the coronavirus.

Published in Talent
Friday, 08 May 2020 16:45

Suppliers resume manufacturing in preparation for automakers

Automotive suppliers in West Michigan will begin warming up the industry’s supply chain next week.  

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 26 April 2020 12:45

WMU brewing program adds business focus, grapples with effects of climate change, COVID-19

Steve Bertman Professor of Environment and Sustainability, Western Michigan University spoke with MiBiz recently about the climate crisis and threats to the brewing supply chain, and why it’s appropriate to discuss climate alongside COVID-19.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 05 January 2020 17:00

Growth Report: January 6, 2020

This is the MiBiz growth report for January 6, 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 08 December 2019 14:59

Universities turn to public-private partnerships to fund projects, attract students

Western Michigan University plans to revamp the entire southern portion of its Kalamazoo campus in the next five years as part of a public-private partnership.


Saturday, 07 December 2019 09:07

Growth Report: December 7, 2019

Here is the growth report for December 7, 2019.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 24 November 2019 19:35

Organizers aim to unite Holland community via soccer

As someone born and raised in Holland, Trent Ramos noticed a divide among fellow residents.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 24 November 2019 13:33

Opioid education, research hits all ages in Michigan

As Michigan universities land tens of millions of dollars in opioid research funding, students at all age levels are learning lessons about the epidemic.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 24 November 2019 11:19

Goodwill taps WMU program for professional development

GRAND RAPIDS — Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids Inc. wants to enable employees to achieve their professional work goals within the organization or other employment opportunities they may choose to pursue in the community.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 21 November 2019 09:28

Backed by $6.5 million in donations, WMU launches new business center

KALAMAZOO — Business leaders and philanthropists gave $6.5 million to Western Michigan University for what’s known as the Center for Principled Leadership and Business Strategy.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 27 October 2019 18:00

GR City Manager takes measured steps amid recent executive departures

GRAND RAPIDS — Faced with multiple departures from leadership positions at the city of Grand Rapids, City Manager Mark Washington wants to avoid being “hasty” about hiring replacements.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 13 September 2019 13:12

Grand Rapids’ economic development services manager leaving for WMU position

KALAMAZOO — Kara Wood, the managing director of economic development services for the city of Grand Rapids, will join Western Michigan University as an associate vice president for community partnerships on Oct. 7.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 September 2019 19:30

Michigan’s attractiveness grows among aerospace manufacturers

Michigan is the most attractive state in the Midwest for new aerospace manufacturing businesses.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 11 September 2019 13:52

Ascension Borgess purchases land in WMU Business park

KALAMAZOO — Ascension Borgess Hospital has purchased 8.2 acres of land from Western Michigan University for the future development of outpatient services. 


Friday, 05 July 2019 10:00

WMU gets approval to sell parcels in second phase of BTR Park

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University has the green light to begin selling parcels in the second phase of its Business Technology and Research Park.

Sunday, 26 May 2019 22:55

MSU, WMU tailor new workforce training programs to fit employers’ needs

In response to employers’ calls for action, colleges and universities throughout the state are making a major shift in their workforce training programs. Michigan State University and Western Michigan University, two of the state’s largest public universities, are responding to demands from business and industry leaders by collaborating with community colleges to add more accessible, job-focused credentialing programs to their curriculums.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 26 May 2019 08:49

WMU aviation school plans $22 million expansion in Battle Creek

BATTLE CREEK — The $22 million expansion of Western Michigan University’s College of Aviation at W.K. Kellogg Airport will include many visible signs of growth. Even so, Dave Powell, the dean of the aviation school, said he is focusing on an area of growth that’s less obvious: About 7 percent of all pilots and airline mechanics in the United States are people of color, and of that percentage about 2.5 percent are African American.

Published in Talent

Tuesday, 23 April 2019 16:23

WMU-Cooley Law School names new president

Directors today named James McGrath as the new president and dean at Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 14 April 2019 20:09

MIDOCS places medical residents into underserved areas of Michigan

Four medical schools in Michigan partnered to direct new physicians into areas of the state that are underserved or have a shortage of physicians. Backed by a $5 million budget allocation that the four institutions matched with $1.25 million apiece, the medical schools each placed two additional medical residents this year to train and work in medically underserved areas of Michigan.

Published in Health Care
Tuesday, 09 April 2019 14:44

Texas company takes over management of Kalamazoo student housing

KALAMAZOO — Campus Advantage Inc., a student housing management company based in Austin, Texas, has taken over management of a property in Kalamazoo, near Western Michigan University.


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