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PRESS RELEASE: 400 jobs to be created by Forest River Manufacturing
Tuesday, 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.

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PRESS RELEASE: Katie Perry and Tim Terrentine Named Top Young Economic Developers in Nation
Monday, 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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WWMT NEWSCHANNEL3: Earth Fare Ready to Open in Portage
Wednesday, 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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AWESOME MITTEN: Handmade Kalamazoo Learns About $10,000 of MAD LOVE
Monday, 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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BUZZFEED COMMUNITY: 29 Cities All Twentysomethings Should Pick Up And Move To
Wednesday, March 11, 2015

What are the 29 cities all "twentysomethings" should pick up and move to? Pack your bags ... Kalamazoo, Michigan lands at #14!

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BUZZFEED COMMUNITY: 29 Cities All Twentysomethings Should Pick Up And Move To
3/11/15

What are the 29 cities all "twentysomethings" should pick up and move to? Pack your bags ... Kalamazoo, Michigan lands at #14!

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WWMT NEWSCHANNEL3: Earth Fare Ready to Open in Portage
2/25/15

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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AWESOME MITTEN: Handmade Kalamazoo Learns About $10,000 of MAD LOVE
2/23/15

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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PRESS RELEASE: 400 jobs to be created by Forest River Manufacturing
1/27/15

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.

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FILING ALERT: Personal Property Tax Exemptions
1/26/15

Here at Southwest Michigan First, we’re always on the lookout to keep your business moving forward.

For our local manufacturers, the time has come for us to remind you of upcoming deadlines to file for Personal Property Tax exemptions approved by state voters last August.

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PRESS RELEASE: Summer internships for Southwest Michigan’s college and university students are heating up
1/12/15

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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Jobs First

WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3: Jobs First with Armstrong International
7/22/13

For more than a century, Armstrong International has understood how to help its customers achieve optimal performance from their utility systems. Headquartered in Three Rivers and with more than 1,000 employees worldwide, Armstrong's utility optimization expertise is sought out by thousands of companies in the industry categories of food and beverage processing, chemicals, refining, health care, education, industrial manufacturing and more.

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WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3: Jobs First with Parker Hannifin Corporation | Hydraulic Systems Division
7/15/13

Watch Parker Hannifin Corporation’s Hydraulic Systems Division in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The workforce at this site builds and repairs systems that go in aircraft hydraulic systems to make planes fly such as actuators for landing gear doors, fuel reservoirs, filter modules, control valves and power generation pumps.

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WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3: Jobs First with Weber Specialties
7/8/13

For over 70 years, Weber Specialties Company has been supplying custom, high quality stampings, tooling, assemblies and fabricated components to industry leaders from its location in Schoolcraft, Michigan. New customers and new products have driven the company to expand its workforce and footprint in Michigan. Watch what's propelling Weber Specialties forward!

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Videos

CATALYST AWARDS 2013: Let's See How Far We've Come
5/23/13

Jobs Celebration! Southwest Michigan First honored more than 50 regional companies, organizations and individuals during its 2013 Catalyst Awards ceremony on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 for contributing to the economic growth of Southwest Michigan. Watch to see what we've done Southwest Michigan!

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WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3: Special Report: Highway Headache: Part 1
5/9/13

WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The stretch of I-94 from Kalamazoo to Battle Creek is one of the busiest stretches of road in the entire state ... For four months we investigated whether our leaders have a plan of action for I-94 expansion.

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VIDEO: WMU's New Sangren Hall and Community
2/21/13

Western Michigan University's Sangren Hall embodies the University's commitment to excellence and sustainability and supports its mission for academic success and future achievement in the region.

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