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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

To help make Michigan more attractive for large-scale real estate developments, lawmakers want to give developers new options to help fund their projects.

Published in Design Build

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. 

Published in Design Build

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

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

Prior to working as an economic developer in California, Arizona and Ohio, Barry Broome was the founding CEO of Southwest Michigan First in Kalamazoo. Broome started the economic development group in 1999 and stayed until 2005, and during his tenure, helped launch the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center.

Published in Q&A

ALLEGAN — As the future of the company hangs in the balance, economic developers and business groups in West Michigan offered their public support today for Perrigo Co. plc, whose shareholders will decide by Friday morning on a hostile takeover attempt by Mylan N.V.

Published in In the News
Sunday, 02 August 2015 22:00

Changes ahead for SMIC

As Western Michigan University plans the expansion of its Business Technology and Research Park, a key part of the existing site is undergoing a transition.

Southwest Michigan’s manufacturing sector has clipped along at a moderate but steady growth rate over the last year.

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