SW Michigan

9:22 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Pension obligations for Battle Creek and Calhoun County not fully funded, but not as dire as Detroit's

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Calhoun County Administrator says recovery continues from 2008 stock market crash
Employee pension plans in Battle Creek and Calhoun County, like Detroit, aren't fully funded, but officials say they're confident the two governments aren't not facing pension-funding debacle crippling the Motor City. "We have the same scenario that everyone does with the stock market," said Calhoun County Administrator Kelli Scott.
5:52 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Departing KSO Executive Director says Kalamazoo is "awesome" calls Cleveland Orchestra "dream job"

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Jennifer Barlament came to KSO in 2009. She will become General Manager of Cleveland Orchestra
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Jennifer Barlament is going from the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra to one of the "Big Five." During an interview shortly after the executive director of the KSO announced she'd accepted the general manager position at the Cleveland Orchestra, Barlament praised the community and the KSO staff for putting her in position to make such a substantial career leap.
5:44 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Several Southwest Michigan school districts running low on cash as school year starts

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Many factors contribute to a lack of revenue for districts
Even as area schools predict an uptick in income and cut back spending, at least eight school districts are running dangerously low on cash, according to projected 2013-14 budgets, with at least two districts in deficit and another expecting to run entirely out of money by June 30.
1:16 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Snyder wants more Chinese tourism in Michigan

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Last year, Chinese tourists spent more than $100 billion in the U.S., 37 percent more than in 2011.
LANSING - The Chinese spend more on international tourism than any other country, and Michigan hopes to cash in on their growing appetite for travel. Tourism is a key focus of Gov. Rick Snyder's upcoming trade mission to Asia.
4:16 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Organic Gyspy, other food trucks to expand

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The Michigan Economic Development Corporation offered eight $10,000 grants to state mobile food owners who want to launch or expand their business.
LANSING - Eight food trucks throughout the state won a total of $77,775 in grants to either launch their business or expand it. The trucks are from East Lansing, Kalamazoo, Flint, Pontiac, Southfield, Traverse City and Marquette. They were chosen among 65 applications requesting $601,372.