Battle Creek

Battle Creek has been the home of the MHSAA Team State Wrestling Finals since the event started, nearly three decades ago. But that run has ended. The Michigan High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday the selection of a new venue for the Team State Wrestling Finals, moving the tournament to McGuirk Arena at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, beginning in 2016. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Small businesses in the neighborhoods surrounding downtown Battle Creek are the targets of a new loan program from a local nonprofit organization. “There’s a lot of good, creative ideas coming from these neighborhoods and the families living there,” said Bill Phillips, president and CEO of Neighborhoods Inc. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

If there’s a knock at your door this week, it might be canvassers for BC Vision. They’ll be surveying residents as organizers of the community improvement initiative try to expand the depth of data already collected and inform more people of ongoing community conversations. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Denso Manufacturing Michigan Inc. will add 100 jobs in a $53.6 million expansion of its auto components manufacturing operations in Battle Creek. The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced the expansion plans Wednesday, saying the company has been awarded $640,000 in state funding through a business development performance-based grant. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Alcohol may soon be allowed at more city facilities for special events if Battle Creek commissioners give final approval of ordinance changes next month. Commissioners unanimously voted at their regular meeting Tuesday to introduce the ordinance, which allows the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on city property with proper permits. It's the first of two steps necessary to put the changes into law. They're expected to vote on adoption of the ordinance at a later meeting. (Battle Creek)

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