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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.

Officials in Battle Creek believe they have found the $25 million cure for what ails the Cereal City’s downtown.

The formation of a unit to oversee clinical research puts another key element in place for the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo.

Talk about a case of beating expectations.

With an overhaul of its sales team, facilities and marketing strategy, the Kalamazoo Wings are looking to breath new life into its storied semi-pro hockey organization.

Published in Hospitality

The Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine at Western Michigan University would acquire the assets of Southwest Michigan Innovation Center Inc. under a proposed deal now going through an extended approval process.

Published in Health Biz

MACKINAC ISLAND — While Southeast Michigan leaders at this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference acknowledge that their region’s economy still has room for improvement, they’ve started to pivot from a focus on fixing immediate problems to tackling long-term solutions instead.

Published in Economic Development
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