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PRESS RELEASE: Summer internships for Southwest Michigan’s college and university students are heating up
Monday, 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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THE LORI MOORE SHOW featuring Ron Kitchens
Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Catch Ron Kitchens on The Lori Moore Show on January 1, 2015.

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SECOND WAVE: TEDx introduces salons, it's time for Startup Weekend 5, and makers at Catalyst
Thursday, January 22, 2015

Now that Beer Week is over, Kalamazoo recalibrates and sets its sights on what's new in the world of startups. Starting today, Jan. 22, and wrapping up Feb. 1 entrepreneurs will be the focus.

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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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FILING ALERT: Personal Property Tax Exemptions
Monday, January 26, 2015

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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SECOND WAVE: TEDx introduces salons, it's time for Startup Weekend 5, and makers at Catalyst
1/22/15

Now that Beer Week is over, Kalamazoo recalibrates and sets its sights on what's new in the world of startups. Starting today, Jan. 22, and wrapping up Feb. 1 entrepreneurs will be the focus.

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THE LORI MOORE SHOW featuring Ron Kitchens
1/7/15

Catch Ron Kitchens on The Lori Moore Show on January 1, 2015.

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MiBIZ: Economic Development Outlook: Economic developers shift focus to international business attraction
12/21/14

Economic development agencies are going to have their hands full going into the new year.

Despite ongoing challenges with talent and lackluster infrastructure, economic growth has largely stabilized in the region. But now development agencies are putting renewed focus on attracting international business to West Michigan through a more regionalized approach to economic development.

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Press Releases

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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