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PRESS RELEASE: Edgewater Automation Grows With a New Fabrication Division
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Buchanan, MI: To better serve customers, Edgewater Automation, a custom automation equipment company, added a 44,000 square foot facility in Buchanan, Michigan and has located a team there to provide complete fabrication and manufacturing capabilities. “We are excited about the opportunity to locate in Buchanan and expand our manufacturing capabilities. This was a big step for our company, and feel this will be a perfect fit for our new operations,” said Rick Blake, founder and president of Edgewater Automation.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First named 2014 Best and Brightest Company to Work For in West Michigan
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Michigan – Southwest Michigan First has been named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2014 by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) for the third consecutive year. This annual award recognizes companies of all sizes and diverse sectors that deliver exceptional human resources practices.

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BATTLE CREEK ENQUIRER: Regional collaboration emerges as economic growth strategy
Monday, April 7, 2014

When you work together, you work better.

That’s the lesson local officials say they have learned as they try to lift the region out of manufacturing industry declines and a shaky economy. Gone are the days of so-called territorialism, they say, as the perception of nearby communities as fierce competition is now being viewed as an opportunity for a partnership.

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WVFM 106.5: The Catalyst Community Challenge
Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Walk. Run. Learn about the Catalyst Community Challenge. Download host Ken Lanphear's on-air interview with Southwest Michigan First's Tim Terrentine here.

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POLITICO MAGAZINE: Can Free College Save American Cities?
Thursday, April 3, 2014

For weeks there were whispers. And then one night in November 2005, hundreds of parents, teachers, and students crammed into a boardroom at a drab administration building south of downtown. Janice Brown, the superintendent of the Kalamazoo schools, had an announcement to make, and it was even more surprising than the rumors that had been flying around town: Kalamazoo, small, struggling Kalamazoo, best known for its strange name and the industries it was no longer home to, was about to launch the most generous municipal college scholarship program in the country, an audacious experiment not only in education reform but in re-engineering a troubled town.

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PRESS RELEASE: Infinisource Announces Growth Plans in Coldwater, MI
Monday, April 14, 2014

Coldwater, MI — Infinisource, Inc., a leading provider of SaaS based Human Capital Management solutions for employers, has announced plans to expand its commitment to the Coldwater area. As part of that process, the company has extended its lease for an additional five years at the Roosevelt Building located at 15 East Washington Street in downtown Coldwater.

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BATTLE CREEK ENQUIRER: Regional collaboration emerges as economic growth strategy
4/7/14

When you work together, you work better.

That’s the lesson local officials say they have learned as they try to lift the region out of manufacturing industry declines and a shaky economy. Gone are the days of so-called territorialism, they say, as the perception of nearby communities as fierce competition is now being viewed as an opportunity for a partnership.

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POLITICO MAGAZINE: Can Free College Save American Cities?
4/3/14

For weeks there were whispers. And then one night in November 2005, hundreds of parents, teachers, and students crammed into a boardroom at a drab administration building south of downtown. Janice Brown, the superintendent of the Kalamazoo schools, had an announcement to make, and it was even more surprising than the rumors that had been flying around town: Kalamazoo, small, struggling Kalamazoo, best known for its strange name and the industries it was no longer home to, was about to launch the most generous municipal college scholarship program in the country, an audacious experiment not only in education reform but in re-engineering a troubled town.

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WVFM 106.5: The Catalyst Community Challenge
4/2/14

Walk. Run. Learn about the Catalyst Community Challenge. Download host Ken Lanphear's on-air interview with Southwest Michigan First's Tim Terrentine here.

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Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: Infinisource Announces Growth Plans in Coldwater, MI
4/14/14

Coldwater, MI — Infinisource, Inc., a leading provider of SaaS based Human Capital Management solutions for employers, has announced plans to expand its commitment to the Coldwater area. As part of that process, the company has extended its lease for an additional five years at the Roosevelt Building located at 15 East Washington Street in downtown Coldwater.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First named 2014 Best and Brightest Company to Work For in West Michigan
4/2/14

KALAMAZOO, Michigan – Southwest Michigan First has been named one of West Michigan’s 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For in 2014 by the Michigan Business and Professional Association (MBPA) for the third consecutive year. This annual award recognizes companies of all sizes and diverse sectors that deliver exceptional human resources practices.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First announces Populus, a one-day event focusing on “people changing community”
2/25/14

KALAMAZOO, MI – Southwest Michigan First will host its first annual Populus conference on March 28, 2014 at the Kalamazoo State Theatre. Populus 2014 is a one-day event about people changing community by bringing together thought leaders, policy makers and engaged citizens who share the vision of making Southwest Michigan a region of economic growth and relevance. By attending Populus, leaders will take part in interactive discussions that will shape the region’s public policy agenda and set the direction for its collective voice in the state.

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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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