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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First Celebrates its 5th Annual Catalyst University Leadership Conference and Announces Headliner Patrick Lencioni
Monday, September 8, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Michigan -- Southwest Michigan First announces its 5th annual leadership conference, Catalyst University, will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo – a new location for the event.

More than 2,000 leaders from Southwest Michigan and beyond will gather for this one-day experience to be inspired by top thought leaders from around the world and locally who have made a difference in the lives of others by putting their passions to action.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First’s Catalyst University Now Accepting Applications for New Makers’ Mart Competition
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Michigan -- Catalyst University, the annual leadership gathering taking place on January 29, 2015 at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, announces it is now accepting applications for its new Makers’ Mart competition. The winning Southwest Michigan maker will receive $5,000 in cash plus $5,000 worth of legal, marketing and accounting consultations.

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PRESS RELEASE: MANN+HUMMEL USA opens new South Campus facility
Thursday, October 30, 2014

PORTAGE, MICHIGAN, Sept. 30, 2014 – Yesterday, MANN+HUMMEL USA (MHUS) celebrated the official opening of its new world-class South Campus facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Venture Capitalists Return to Backing Science Start-Ups
Sunday, October 12, 2014

Vestaron makes an eco-friendly pesticide derived from spider venom. Bagaveev uses 3-D printers to make rocket engines for nanosatellites. Transatomic Power is developing a next-generation reactor that runs on nuclear waste. They all have one thing in common: money from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

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MiBIZ: Tight industrial inventory pushes developers to consider build-to-suit projects
Sunday, October 12, 2014

A resurgence among West Michigan manufacturers, particularly for automotive suppliers, has Class A industrial space at a premium — if not scarce — in the region.

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THE NEW YORK TIMES: Venture Capitalists Return to Backing Science Start-Ups
10/12/14

Vestaron makes an eco-friendly pesticide derived from spider venom. Bagaveev uses 3-D printers to make rocket engines for nanosatellites. Transatomic Power is developing a next-generation reactor that runs on nuclear waste. They all have one thing in common: money from Silicon Valley venture capitalists.

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MiBIZ: Tight industrial inventory pushes developers to consider build-to-suit projects
10/12/14

A resurgence among West Michigan manufacturers, particularly for automotive suppliers, has Class A industrial space at a premium — if not scarce — in the region.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First Celebrates its 5th Annual Catalyst University Leadership Conference and Announces Headliner Patrick Lencioni
9/8/14

KALAMAZOO, Michigan -- Southwest Michigan First announces its 5th annual leadership conference, Catalyst University, will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo – a new location for the event.

More than 2,000 leaders from Southwest Michigan and beyond will gather for this one-day experience to be inspired by top thought leaders from around the world and locally who have made a difference in the lives of others by putting their passions to action.

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Press Releases

PRESS RELEASE: MANN+HUMMEL USA opens new South Campus facility
10/30/14

PORTAGE, MICHIGAN, Sept. 30, 2014 – Yesterday, MANN+HUMMEL USA (MHUS) celebrated the official opening of its new world-class South Campus facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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PRESS RELEASE: Southwest Michigan First’s Catalyst University Now Accepting Applications for New Makers’ Mart Competition
9/10/14

KALAMAZOO, Michigan -- Catalyst University, the annual leadership gathering taking place on January 29, 2015 at Wings Stadium in Kalamazoo, announces it is now accepting applications for its new Makers’ Mart competition. The winning Southwest Michigan maker will receive $5,000 in cash plus $5,000 worth of legal, marketing and accounting consultations.

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PRESS RELEASE: Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance Partners with Southwest Michigan First
9/3/14

Marshall, Michigan -- The Marshall Area Economic Development Alliance (MAEDA) has committed to accelerate its job creation efforts in the greater Marshall area by contracting with Southwest Michigan First to provide economic development services to area businesses through October of 2016. The work of the economic development collaboration will include business retention and expansion efforts, small business and downtown development, visitor and tourism center management and attraction of new investments to Marshall.

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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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