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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
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

Priority Health, MiBiz and Crain's Detroit Business recognize the 2012 Michigan Healthiest Employers.

Published in Health Biz

The Urban Land Institute of Michigan’s first-ever Kalamazoo event sparked some interesting conversation about Michigan’s future and the prospects ahead of the state.

Published in Economic Development
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