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Jane C. Simons

Jane C. Simons


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KALAMAZOO — June Cotton’s earliest memories of the Douglass Community Association include dances and numerous visits to a soda fountain there.

MATTAWAN — Leaders of MPI Research, INVICRO and 3D Imaging have entered into a collaboration designed to accelerate the drug discovery and development process.

Philanthropic families throughout Western and Northern Michigan are putting their faith into action with their money.

Higher education institutions in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo are continuing to gain traction among a wide range of students including those enrolling for their first-ever college experience and those coming back for a degree or certification that could lead to a better job.

Regional malls may soon become a part of American nostalgia as changing consumer and business trends are moving away from large, costly shopping malls to smaller often mixed-use developments. As those trends take hold, they have the potential to reshape the retail landscape in communities in Southwest Michigan.


Working out of a kitchen in the offices of the Burmese American Initiative in Springfield, a woman named Rita creates noodle dishes that are sold only on Fridays through a business called the Unstoppable Noodle.

Disc golf courses, cardboard sled races, and locally grown food in urban settings likely never would have happened in Battle Creek and Kalamazoo without the creative class that is gaining traction in both communities.

Sunday, 04 August 2013 21:21

A tale of two (similar) cities

Perception is not reality when economic comparisons are made about Battle Creek and Kalamazoo. Despite what on the surface seems like two different economic bases and two communities with divergent talent needs, the data show that Battle Creek and Kalamazoo are not that dissimilar, at least on paper. 

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.

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