Kalamazoo Industries Adds Three Jobs in Comstock Charter Township

Published on October 17, 2018
COMSTOCK CHARTER TOWNSHIP, MI — Kalamazoo Industries, Inc., a local manufacturer of industrial saws, grinders and dust extraction equipment is growing in Comstock Charter Township.

The company will add three new job as part of its $150,000 investment in an expansion that will increase space for finished goods warehousing, the number of incoming and outgoing loading docks to improve process flow, and manufacturing capacity. The company was recently awarded a 12-year tax abatement within the township’s Industrial Development District.

Learn more about the company at www.kalamazooind.com.

WKZO: Business Outlook for Southwest Michigan

Published on October 10, 2018
KALAMAZOO (WKZO-AM/FM) — WKZO’s Ken Lanphear is joined by Southwest Michigan First’s senior partner & ceo, Ron Kitchens, to talk about regional job announcements and Western Michigan University’s impact on the regional economy.

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MLIVE: Western Michigan had $1.6 billion impact on local economy last year

Published on September 14, 2018
By Kayla Miller

KALAMAZOO, MI — Western Michigan University contributed over $1 billion dollars to the Kalamazoo-area economy in a one-year span, according to a new report.

The economic impact the university has on the region is about $1.6 billion, according to a report paid for jointly by Western Michigan University and Southwest Michigan First.

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WKZO: Southwest Michigan First Business Update

Published on September 5, 2018
KALAMAZOO (WKZO-AM/FM) — WKZO’s Ken Lanphear is joined by Southwest Michigan First’s senior partner & ceo, Ron Kitchens, to talk about regional trends in job growth, workforce, and employer efforts to keep on pace with demand.

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The Great Debate with Greg LeRoy and Ron Kitchens: Predicting the Future of Economic Incentives

Published on September 4, 2018
Development Counsellors International — To Incentivize or Not Incentivize? Southwest Michigan First’s Ron Kitchens appears as a guest, along with Executive Director Greg LeRoy of Good Jobs First, on Development Counsellors International’s podcast to debate the role of economic incentives in America’s future.

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WKZO: Southwest Michigan First Business Update

Published on August 9, 2018
KALAMAZOO (WKZO-AM/FM) — WKZO’s Ken Lanphear is joined by Southwest Michigan First’s senior partner & ceo, Ron Kitchens, to talk about regional job announcements, primary outcomes and civil discourse.

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MLIVE: Group of millennials behind Kalamazoo event center proposal

Published on July 14, 2018
KALAMAZOO, MI — A Southwest Michigan First task force charged with finding solutions to attract young people to the region revived long-stalled plans for an events center in Kalamazoo.

The region’s economic development organization assembled civic and business leaders under the age of 35 last year. Southwest Michigan First CEO Ron Kitchens said the group was created to elevate the voices of the “next generation,” and members were picked through an informal nominating process.

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WKZO: Southwest Michigan First Business Update

Published on July 11, 2018
KALAMAZOO (WKZO-AM/FM) — WKZO’s Ken Lanphear is joined by Southwest Michigan First’s senior partner & ceo, Ron Kitchens, to talk about regional job announcements and infrastructure.

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WOODTV.COM: Events center needed to revive downtown Kalamazoo

Published on July 10, 2018
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — The pieces of the puzzle may be falling into place for an event center in downtown Kalamazoo.

Supporters, Kalamazoo County and Western Michigan University would have to all work together to make it a reality.

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WWMT.COM: Backers of a new downtown events center say facility could be Kalamazoo’s crown jewel

Published on June 15, 2018
KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Southwest Michigan First is behind the new push to build an arena in downtown Kalamazoo, several years after plans hit a standstill.

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