Published on March 31, 2015
KALAMAZOO, MI – Southwest Michigan First will host its second annual Populus conference on May 1, 2015 in downtown Kalamazoo. Populus 2015 is a one-day event designed to foster collaboration and spur real change in the community as thought leaders, policy makers and engaged citizens work together to solve some of Southwest Michigan’s most critical issues.
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Published on March 25, 2015
WHITE PIGEON, MI — It wasn’t something that happened overnight. It was a long process. That was what members and guests at a meeting of the White Pigeon Rotary Club heard Wednesday about the arrival of Forest River Manufacturing to the village.
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Published on February 25, 2015
PORTAGE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – It has gained popularity nationwide, and now a grocery store chain is bringing its first store to Michigan. And that landmark store is planting its roots right here in West Michigan. Newschannel 3 got an exclusive look inside the new Earth Fare store Tuesday. They haven’t made their first sale yet and already there’s lots of buzz.
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Published on February 23, 2015
KALAMAZOO, Michigan — The first time Handmade Kalamazoo – a space for Kalamazoo’s local artists to sell their work – received funds, they were thrilled to put $250 to work from the Change Makers’ Grant through the Kalamazoo Community Foundation. Today, thanks to the addition of Makers’ Mart at the Catalyst University 2015.
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Published on February 2, 2015
Palm Beach, Florida – Katie Perry, vice president, and Tim Terrentine, executive vice president, of Southwest Michigan First, have both been selected as winners in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.
Southwest Michigan First was one of only two economic development organizations that had two winners selected.
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Published on January 27, 2015
LANSING—Sen. John Proos on Tuesday applauded Forest River Manufacturing for their expansion and their plan to invest more than $7 million in a project to create nearly 400 jobs in White Pigeon.alamazoo Promise Institute, Communities in Schools, Warner Norcross and Judd, LLP, and Southwest Michigan First.
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Published on January 12, 2015
KALAMAZOO, Michigan – Southwest Michigan’s college and university students should start thinking now about summer for all the right reasons! The Monroe-Brown Internship Program, a collaboration between Southwest Michigan First and the Monroe-Brown Foundation, has announced its 2015 internships offered by local companies to currently enrolled college students. This year’s 33 internship offerings at 26 companies include opportunities in engineering, health sciences, information technology, production planning, merchandising, architecture, interior design, human resources, marketing, sales and financial management.
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