economic development

7:16 am
Fri November 14, 2014

Battle Creek Unlimited President Discusses Accomplishments and Future With City Commissioners

Economic development agency is seeking new CEO and considering structural changes
Battle Creek Unlimited's veteran leader had a clear message: It has been a pioneer in economic development, and despite uncertainties, it will be effective and beneficial for the city's future. "The relationship that we have enjoyed with the city going forward through the years has been, I think, mutually rewarding for both of us," BCU Interim President and CEO Jim Hettinger said Thursday night..
6:16 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Commissioners Seek Answers About Changes at Battle Creek Unlimited

One Battle Creek commissioner says economic development agency is in a "state of flux"
City commissioners are expected to soon hold a workshop with Battle Creek Unlimited as the economic development organization undergoes strategic planning after the exit of its CEO. "There might be a separation right now that we need to work on together," Mayor Dave Walters said at a workshop before the commission's regular meeting Tuesday.
6:14 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Southwest Michigan First to Lead Economic Development in Marshall

Contract is more expensive than deal with Battle Creek Unlimited, but it includes additional services
Southwest Michigan First will be paid $950,000 over the next two years to head economic development in Marshall under an agreement it signed last week with the city's Area Economic Development Alliance. The contract, obtained Wednesday by the Enquirer through a Freedom of Information Act request, outlines services that include retaining current businesses, attracting new employers, staffing the city's visitor center and small business and downtown development.
10:47 am
Tue August 12, 2014

BC Seeks State Development Certification

Kalamazoo and Marshall are already part of the program that began in 2013 to help cities attract more investment and jobs.
The city of Battle Creek will participate in a statewide program that aims to streamline its redevelopment process and better market the community to developers. Commissioners will vote at their regular meeting Tuesday on a resolution supporting the city's participation in the Michigan Economic Development Corp.'s Redevelopment Ready Communities initiative.
12:59 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Ottawa County Economic Development Agency Picks Executive From Kalamazoo as Next President

Jennifer Owens has been a vice president at Southwest Michigan First
Jennifer Owens has been appointed as Lakeshore Advantage's next president.She replaces Randy Thelen at the helm of the local nonprofit organization that's responsible for helping propel economic development throughout Ottawa County, its board of directors announced this morning."I'm honored to become part of a collaborative community that supports and fosters business growth and look forward to working with area leaders to help maximize this positive momentum," Owens said.