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Partners

Southwest Michigan First thanks its partners in economic development for their commitment to the spirit of collaboration.

Albion Economic Development

Albion Economic Development

Battle Creek Unlimited

Battle Creek Unlimited

Berrien County Economic Development

Berrien County Economic Development

Branch County Economic Growth Alliance

Branch County Economic Growth Alliance

Calhoun County

Calhoun County

Cass County

Cass County

Charter Township of Comstock

Charter Township of Comstock

City of Dowagiac

City of Dowagiac

City of Hartford

City of Hartford

City of Kalamazoo

City of Kalamazoo

City of Marshall

City of Marshall

City of Portage

City of Portage

City of South Haven

City of South Haven

City of Sturgis

City of Sturgis

Cornerstone Alliance

Cornerstone Alliance

Discover Kalamazoo

Discover Kalamazoo

Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc.

Downtown Kalamazoo, Inc.

Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan

Goodwill Industries of Southwestern Michigan

Groves Center at KVCC

Groves Center at KVCC

Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo County

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Mno-Bmadsen

Mno-Bmadsen

MRC Industries

MRC Industries

Southwest Michigan Regional Planning Commission

Southwest Michigan Regional Planning Commission

Southwest Michigan Economic Growth Alliance

Southwest Michigan Economic Growth Alliance

St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation

St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation

Van Buren County

Van Buren County

Village of Paw Paw

Village of Paw Paw

Village of Vicksburg

Village of Vicksburg

Western Michigan University

Western Michigan University


Accredited

Southwest Michigan First is committed to collaboration. We believe the only way we’ll ever be truly great is for the entire community to work well together – and that includes our friends in local government. We are proud to acknowledge these public servants as accredited partners and superheroes of our community! By completing the 3-month Public Service Academy, they have demonstrated a clear commitment to leadership and collaboration within the Southwest Michigan Region. Need help with something government-related? We give these folks our highest nod when it comes to their service to others.

Class of 2016

Name Title Organization
Tina Boehm Clerk Village of Baroda
Jakki Bungart-Bibb Director of Administration Michigan Works!
Carol DeHaan Treasurer Cooper Township
James Dodd City Council City of Dowagiac
Don Edgerly Administration Program Manager Michigan Works!
Aaron Edlefson Veterans Affairs Calhoun County
Marcos Flores Trustee Village of Paw Paw
Richard Ford City Council City of Portage
Lotta Jarnefelt Director of Planning and Community Development Kalamazoo County
Nadine Jarvis Trustee Village of Paw Paw
Michele Johnson Finance Director Calhoun County
Leon Laylin Mayor Pro Tempore City of Dowagiac
Diana Lundquist Grant and Contract Accounting Manager Michigan Works!
Christine McComb Executive Secretary Calhoun County
Brandon Mersman City Manager City of Bronson
Aaron Mitchell Village Manager Village of Decatur
Ann Nieuwenhuis Supervisor Comstock Township
Dallas Oberlee Director of Program Operations Michigan Works!
Ronald Reid Supervisor Kalamazoo Township
Donne Rohr Trustee Village of Paw Paw
Robert Shuur City Council City of Dowagiac
Ann Simmons Finance Director Kalamazoo County Road Commission
Jeff Sorensen Supervisor Cooper Township
Jodi Stefforia Clerk Cooper Township
Brad Wilcox Assistant County Administrator Calhoun County

Class of 2015

Name Title Organization
Yasaman Back Epidemiology Health and Community Services Kalamazoo County
Courtney Davis Administrative Coordinator Health and Community Services Kalamazoo County
Katherine Ambrose Court Administrator 10th Distrcit Court Calhoun County
Kristen Getting Chief Deputy Administrator 37th District Court Calhoun County
Julie Johnston Planning Director Osthemo Township
Ted Dearing Assistant City Manager City of Battle Creek
Bret Padgett Treasurer Comstock Township
Mary Webster Village Trustee Village of Lawrence
Jonathan Wilson Economic Development Coordinator Muskegon County
Carol DeHaan Treasurer Cooper Township
Sharon James President Benton Harbor Board of Education
Rachael Grover Planning and Community Development Kalamazoo County
David Harn Field Operations – Kalamazoo State of Michigan – Environmental Quality
Linda Morrison Finance Director City of Battle Creek
Jeff Sorensen Supervisor Cooper Township
Alan Asselmeijer Planning Commission Chairman Cooper Township
Shannon Koepke 10th District Court Deputy Administrator Calhoun County

Class of 2014

Name Title Organization
Amy Deprez Managing Director, Development Finance and Debt Capital Programs Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Kathy-Sue Dunn Commissioner Calhoun County
Paul Dykstra Supervisor Ross Township
Richard Ford Commissioner City of Portage
Ed Freed Information Technology Director City of Kalamazoo
Marcie Gillette Neighborhood Services Director City of Battle Creek
Victoria Houser City Clerk City of Battle Creek
Suzette Joseph Kalamazoo County
Linda Kerr Clerk Texas Township
Richard Lindsey Corporate Counsel Calhoun County
Diana Lundquist Lead Grants and Contract Consultant Michigan Works!
Wendy Mazer Trustee Texas Township
Dennis McKinley Code Compliance Administrator City of Battle Creek
Joyce Neubauer Trustee Texas Township
Ann Nieuwenhuis Supervisor Comstock Township
Lynne Norman Health and Community Services Co-Director Kalamazoo County
Ronald Reid Supervisor Kalamazoo Township
Trish Roberts Trustee Texas Township
Jon Scott School Board Gull Lake Public Schools
Kelli Scott Administrator Calhoun County
Ryan Simpson Business Development Director Kinexus
Jeff Sorensen Supervisor Cooper Township
Kara Stewart Sector Strategy Coordinator Michigan Works!
Julie VanderWiere Superintendent Texas Township
Christine Zuzga Planning Manager City of Battle Creek

Add your name to the list.

Are you a public servant and interested in becoming an Accredited Partner of Southwest Michigan First? Connect with Derek Nofz for details on our 2016 class!

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