economic development

"City commissioners finalized an agreement that requires Battle Creek Unlimited to disclose more details about its recruiting and business-retention activities." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Benton Harbor-based Cornerstone Alliance will hire a veteran economic development executive to run the organization as it seeks candidates to permanently fill the position. The Berrien County organization said yesterday that it had contracted with James Hettinger, owner of JH Urban Development Services LLC and former 30-year CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited, to provide market outreach and advise Cornerstone’s staff and board until the alliance recruits a new president, according to a statement. (MiBiz)

Marie Briganti will begin work May 1 as Battle Creek Unlimited’s president and CEO. The Fowler native has 14 years of experience in the business and economic sectors and will replace interim president and CEO Jim Hettinger, who led BCU for nearly 30 years. Hettinger stepped in after previous president and CEO Karl Dehn left the economic development organization last year. (Battle Creek Enquirer)

Economic development agency is seeking new CEO and considering structural changes

One Battle Creek commissioner says economic development agency is in a "state of flux"