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PRESS RELEASE: The Monroe-Brown Internship Program announces 35 summer internships in Southwest Michigan!

KALAMAZOO, Michigan – The Monroe-Brown Internship Program, a partnership between Southwest Michigan First and the Monroe-Brown Foundation, announces its 2016 summer college internships. This year’s 35 internships will be hosted by 31 local Southwest Michigan companies and include opportunities in engineering, information technology, business development, interior design, human resources, marketing, winemaking and financial management – to name a few.

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MiBIZ: Despite looming pilot shortage, aviation stakeholders point to industry growth

Responding to a strong economic cycle for both business and leisure travel, Gerald R. Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids has focused on investing in both its infrastructure and amenities.

Beyond adding parking and enhanced shopping and dining options, the airport just launched a $45 million project to consolidate the security checkpoint and improve the customer experience at the facility.

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FORT WAYNE NEWS SENTINEL: Fort Wayne visitors learn how scholarship Promise brightens a city’s prospects

Like Fort Wayne, Kalamazoo has taken some brutal economic blows in the last 20 years. One of those hits struck the region like Navistar’s leaving Fort Wayne. In 1999, Kalamazoo lost a General Motors stamping plant that had employed as many as 4,000 after it opened in 1966.

But Kalamazoo has a unique advantage in facing adversity: a blanket scholarship for any student who graduates from Kalamazoo Public Schools after attending at least all four years of high school in the district.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First’s Catalyst University Now Accepting Applications for Makers’ Mart Competition

KALAMAZOO, Michigan – Presented annually by Southwest Michigan First, Catalyst University announces it is now accepting applications for its 2nd annual Makers’ Mart competition. Taking place on January 28, 2016 at Wings Event Center in Kalamazoo, Catalyst University is Southwest Michigan’s premier leadership conference. The winning maker of the Catalyst University Makers’ Mart competition will receive $2,500 in cash plus $2,500 worth of legal, marketing and accounting consultations.

PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First Launches Speaker Lineup for Catalyst University 2016

KALAMAZOO, Michigan – Southwest Michigan First has launched the speaker lineup for Catalyst University 2016 to be held on Thursday, January 28, 2016 at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo. On that date, more than 2,000 leaders will gather for Southwest Michigan’s premier, one-day leadership event to be inspired by top thought leaders who have made an impact by pursuing their passions in business, education, government, not for profit and the faith-based community.

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MiBIZ: Med school, Borgess and Bronson partner in new Center for Clinical Research

The formation of a unit to oversee clinical research puts another key element in place for the Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine in Kalamazoo. The private medical school affiliated with Western Michigan University created the Center for Clinical Research with the Borgess Research Institute and Bronson Research Services. The center will support clinical research at Borgess Medical Center and Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo.

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