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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 In the News

Two Southwest Michigan economic development organizations have taken to federal court to argue over who gets the right to use the term “269.”

Published in In the News

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. 

Published in Design Build

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

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 Crystal Ball

As Michigan’s industries have evolved over the years, so too have the roles economic developers play when it comes to helping businesses grow and expand in communities across the state.  

Published in Economic Development

While airport executives invest in providing better customer service, the broader aviation industry faces a looming pilot shortage, leading to a period of uncertainty for facilities managers, communities and economic developers as they wait to see how airline carriers respond.

Published in Crystal Ball

Downtowns across West Michigan have transformed into destinations for some of the area’s leading life sciences and biomedical research institutions. For proof, one needn’t look beyond Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo where Michigan State University and Western Michigan University, respectively, have each made significant investments in medical learning and research facilities

Published in Commercial Real Estate
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.

Sunday, 23 December 2012 23:50

Ron Kitchens, CEO, Southwest Michigan First

Over the past year, Kitchens has helped forge new alliances for regional economic development stretching from Battle Creek to Benton Harbor. The new larger regional area should help the group’s marketing be more effective in attracting business to the region, he says.

Published in Crystal Ball
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