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Companies that want to become a magnet for bright, young talent might be well served by implementing a wellness program. As the millennial generation matures and employers face tougher competition for talent, companies have shifted their strategies to well-run wellness programs as part of their broader corporate culture to get employees better engaged in the workplace, according to winners of the third-annual West Michigan’s Healthiest Employers Awards from MiBiz.

Published in Health Biz

When Southwest Michigan First looked to create a robust wellness program, the economic development agency wanted to add a level of thoughtfulness to its programming rather than focus on avoiding unhealthy behaviors or diets and eliminating sedentary lifestyles.

Published in Health Biz

After working for two decades at one of the nation’s most respected medical schools, Jose Teixeira was ready for a change of scenery.

Published in Economic Development

Economic development agencies are going to have their hands full going into the new year.

Published in Crystal Ball

A resurgence among West Michigan manufacturers, particularly for automotive suppliers, has Class A industrial space at a premium — if not scarce — in the region.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

After years of planning and preparation, Western Michigan University opens its new medical school this month, ushering in a new era for both the university and the health care and life science industries in Southwest Michigan.

An effort that began two years ago to nurture Southwest Michigan medical device startups has since taken on a broader reach that now extends across Michigan and even over state lines.

In commercial real estate as in workforce development, companies in Southwest Michigan have had to manage wild swings in availability over the last five years.

Buoyed by the strength of the automotive industry, the growth of Southwest Michigan’s auto suppliers helped lead the region’s manufacturing sector to another year of job gains.
In fact, the region’s manufacturers largely grew at a rate that outpaced the statewide performance in the same period, according to the June 2014 Business Outlook report from the .W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.

Global consumer products company Newell Rubbermaid Inc. selected Kalamazoo as the site of its new corporate design center because of the strong concentration of designers in the region. Now, local officials hope to leverage the company’s presence to lure more design-related businesses to Southwest Michigan.

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