"The BC Vision Steering Committee determined Thursday after months of discussion that its top immediate priority is conducting research on school systems and small business." (Battle Creek Enquirer)

West Michigan’s economy continued to grow last month, but the latest report for the National Association of Purchasing Management shows that growth slowed. 

A new report is predicting that employment will continue to grow in West Michigan through the end of next year. 

Unemployment rates have dropped more than one-percentage point in both the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek labor markets over the last year. 

LANSING, MI -- Michigan's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate stands at 5.1 percent as of August, a 0.2 percentage point drop from July's 5.3 percent posting." (MLive)