Archive for January, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Joe Agostinelli Wins 40 Under 40 Award in Economic Development

Jacksonville, FL – Joe Agostinelli, partner, Southwest Michigan First, has been selected as a winner in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development industry.

An independent six-member selection committee chose the winners from a pool of more than 170 candidates based on their exceptional contributions to the economic development industry. The award’s program was managed by Development Counsellors International (DCI), a New York-based firm that specializes in economic development marketing.

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Kalamazoo Candle Company wins Catalyst University’s annual Makers’ Mart competition

Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo Candle Company earned the coveted Makers’ Mart title yesterday at Catalyst University, a daylong leadership event annually hosted by the regional economic development organization Southwest Michigan First at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo. Kalamazoo Candle Company was selected by the 2,500 event attendees from a pool of four finalists—all regional product makers based in Southwest Michigan.

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PRESS RELEASE: Catalyst Education Awards honor Southwest Michigan educators

Kalamazoo, MI – Educators from Southwest Michigan were recognized yesterday with the first-ever Catalyst Education Awards during Catalyst University, a daylong leadership event hosted by the regional economic development organization Southwest Michigan First at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo.

The 2017 Catalyst Education Awards received applications from teachers, principals and entire schools from across Southwest Michigan, competing in each of the three categories—school, principal and teacher— to be recognized for innovations and achievements in K-12 education.

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PRESS RELEASE: The Monroe-Brown Internship Program announces 23 summer internships in Southwest Michigan!

Kalamazoo, MI – The Monroe-Brown Internship Program, a partnership between Southwest Michigan First and the Monroe-Brown Foundation, announces its 2017 summer college internships. This year’s 23 internships will be hosted by 18 Southwest Michigan companies and include opportunities in engineering, financial planning, human resources, marketing, architecture, construction and product management – to name a few.

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