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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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STURGIS JOURNAL: Gradual process to land RV firm in White Pigeon
Wednesday, 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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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First to host Populus, a one-day event for community change-makers to get stuff done
Tuesday, 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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STURGIS JOURNAL: Gradual process to land RV firm in White Pigeon
3/25/15

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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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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Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First to host Populus, a one-day event for community change-makers to get stuff done
3/31/15

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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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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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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