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While President and CEO Margie Briganti’s abrupt departure after 14 months at Battle Creek Creek Unlimited left a hole in the leadership of the economic development firm, it also comes on the heels of what’s been a tumultuous two years for the organization.

Published in In the News
Sunday, 04 August 2013 21:14

Q&A: Ron Kitchens and Karl Dehn

The communities of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo have had their share of differences over the years, but according to the two top economic developers in the region, the pair are finding ways to collaborate like never before.

The economic development organization Battle Creek Unlimited helped attract $195 million in private investment this year that resulted in the creation of more than 600 new jobs.

Published in Crystal Ball

Rather than give up on some of the city’s more challenging pieces of real estate, Battle Creek Unlimited is hoping an innovative incentive program will get developers to take notice.

Published in Small Business
Wednesday, 04 January 2012 20:50

Crystal Ball 2012: More on Economic Development

Over the next 12 months, Michigan’s and the nation’s economy should continue to improve. Many auto industry companies are making solid profits. They made consolidations and cuts. They should be able to hire more workers in 2012. The housing market may continue to lag. Banks may continue to use tight lending practices. Those factors could hamper the economy. So it is unlikely 2012 will be much better or different from 2011.

Published in Economic Development

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