KALAMAZOO (WKZO-AM/FM) — Southwest Michigan First says they expect Michigan will ultimately benefit from the recently-signed “Good Jobs for Michigan” bill package, despite the state losing out on a sprawling LCD plant to Wisconsin.
Kalamazoo-based Southwest Michigan First, an economic development nonprofit, has created a national footprint, despite its regional name.
When SWMF was founded 19 years ago, its mission was to provide economic development services to cities and towns in 17 counties in the southwest corner of the state. Since then, the organization has nurtured a national clientele through economic development and leadership conferences, private consulting and webinars. It also works to connect economic development agencies around the country with site-selection professionals looking for the right place to locate a business.
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.
A maker of accessories for mobile devices is expanding its operation in the region and creating 65 jobs in the process.
Mophie is expanding its distribution center in Texas Township, near Kalamazoo, at 6244 Technology Ave., investing $685,000 there and creating customer service-related jobs, according to the Michigan Economic Development Corp. or MEDC, today.
Kalamazoo, MI – Southwest Michigan First has been named one of the Top 3 in OUTSIDE Magazine’s Best Places to Work of 2016. Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious and prioritize giving back to the community. Created in conjunction with the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group, the list of winners appears online at www.BestPlacestoWorkOutside.com.
PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First’s Jill Bland and Carla Winchester Named Finalists in 13th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business
Kalamazoo, MI – Jill Bland and Carla Winchester of Southwest Michigan First have been named Finalists in the categories of Female Executive of the Year and Female Innovator of the Year, respectively, in the 13th Annual Stevie® Awards for Women in Business. On Friday, November 18, they will each ultimately be recognized as Gold, Silver or Bronze Stevie Award winners in the program.
Kalamazoo, Michigan — Southwest Michigan First president and ceo, Ron Kitchens joined WKZO to weigh in on hot topics like the European Union, Southwest Michigan economy.
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Ron Kitchens sits down with the WKZO team to tout Kalamazoo’s ranking as a Top 3 Creative City on SmartAsset.com’s 2016 list, recent jobs announcements and upcoming events at Southwest Michigan First.
Investments in rail infrastructure eventually will expedite the time it takes for Amtrak passengers to commute from Kalamazoo to Chicago, potentially cutting travel times by a half hour.