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The broad capabilities of West Michigan’s design community help bolster the region’s economic resilience and strengthen its manufacturing sector.

Published in Design Matters

A new Kalamazoo event aims to encourage people in Southwest Michigan to set aside political differences and start a conversation about building quality of life and a sustainable future.

Published in Nonprofits
Sunday, 10 November 2013 22:00

Investors to resurrect Kzoo angel network

Citing the need to improve the access to local capital for startup businesses, John Mueller wants to revive angel investing in Kalamazoo.

Published in Finance
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.

Many urban advocates agree that strengthening the relationship between education systems and city building is a key tenet to growing livable, prosperous communities.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

KALAMAZOO — Western Michigan University expected it would need the better part of two decades to fill up its Business Technology and Research Park, but just a dozen years later, university officials are ready to pull down the vacancy signs — at least temporarily.

Published in Commercial Real Estate

A fledgling movement to diversify Native American economies is playing out in Southwest Michigan as the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi starts to acquire a portfolio of companies, including manufacturers like Accu-Mold.

Published in Manufacturing

Newell Rubbermaid Inc. plans to open a design center in Kalamazoo, creating what Gov. Rick Snyder calls “well-paying” design jobs that pay an average of up to $80,000 annually.

Published in In the News

KALAMAZOO – The ABCs of the importance of early childhood education is a lesson many area business leaders have already learned.

Published in Economic Development

The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Michigan First in January announced that they had inked an alliance agreement that leveraged the strengths of both organizations. At the heart of the agreement was a shared focus on education and supporting small businesses — and a key executive, Tim Terrentine, who will straddle both organizations.

Published in Economic Development
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