Tue March 5, 2013
Battle Creek a "Beacon Community"
The effort by the Harwood Institute in Bethesda, Maryland, is co-sponsored by the United Way of the Battle Creek Kalamazoo Region with help from a $1.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Harwood Institute President Rich Harwood says “Beacon Communities” will not only solve problems but will also find better ways to tackle them. He says that includes bringing together “public innovators” and “boundary-spanning organizations” to cut through barriers to cooperation. Harwood also says the project will also help assure people that they can come together to solve problems. The Institute first became involved with Battle Creek community groups several years ago.