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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Thoughts on ways to spur economic development in St. Joseph County

Posted April 27, 2013 by Bruce Snook

To the Editor: In considering ways to spur economic development in St. Joseph County, we should refer back to August 21, 2011 and the presentations to our St. Joseph County Commission by attorney David Stoker of Lansing and our Economic Development Corporation presenters. David Stoker reported that since 1913, Act 88 gave county governments authority […]

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March brings Sturgis City Commission approval of tax abatements for growing local businesses

Posted April 17, 2013 by Bruce Snook

In March the Sturgis City Commission approved tax abatements for two local industries. In 2013 the two companies have invested almost $1 million in business improvements which will allow them to improve and expand their operations. Summit Polymers Inc. is a leading Tier I supplier to the automotive industry specializing in the design, engineering, and […]

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MiBiz: Gun Lake Tribe plans casino expansion, hotel

Posted April 16, 2013 by Bruce Snook

MiBiz reports there are plans to expand the Gun Lake Casino at Wayland and add a hotel. For more on the story, click on the following link:  Gun Lake Tribe plans casino expansion, hotel.

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New life in old buildings

Posted March 24, 2013 by Bruce Snook

‘Historic preservation’ and ‘adaptive reuse of historic buildings’ are at the heart of a special report from Concentrate, the Ann Arbor-based publication that “tells the new story of Washtenaw County – a narrative of creative people and businesses, new development, cool places to live, and the best places to work and play.” The report consists […]

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Southwest Michigan First to administer and oversee programs of Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce

Posted January 15, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Southwest Michigan First, a Kalamazoo-based economic development organization, has been contracted to administer and oversee the programs of the Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce. For more on the story from MLive, click on the following link:  A focus on job creation was the catalyst for bringing the Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce and Southwest Michigan First […]

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UM-Dearborn’s iLabs eCities Research recognizes City of Sturgis for its positive entrepreneurial climate

Posted January 4, 2013 by Bruce Snook

STURGIS – For the third year in a row, the City of Sturgis has been recognized for its work to foster entrepreneurial growth and economic development. The annual honor was given following the 2012 annual eCities research project survey conducted by iLabs through the University of Michigan-Dearborn Center for Innovation Research. The City of Sturgis […]

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Initial work gets underway on ‘Mural Mall’ project

Posted January 1, 2013 by Bruce Snook

Roberts Brothers Excavating of Three Rivers was busy Monday and Tuesday (December 31st and January 1st) with initial work in the project that will see reconstruction of the ‘Mural Mall’ in downtown Three Rivers. Eric Roberts and Frank Roberts wrapped up work late Tuesday afternoon – New Year’s Day – that cleared the area to […]

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First year with Southwest Michigan First yields “very successful partnership” for St. Joseph County EDC

Posted December 5, 2012 by Bruce Snook

“Overall, I’ve got to tell you that I’m really pleased with the partnership.” These were the words Ken Jones, president of the St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) board, used to sum up the working relationship with Kalamazoo-based Southwest Michigan First in 2012. The comments came as Jones presented the EDC’s annual report for […]

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Menards continues to take shape in Three Rivers

Posted November 11, 2012 by Bruce Snook

A new Menards home improvement store continues to take shape in Three Rivers. The store – with more than 215,000 square feet – is being constructed on Broadway, west of US-131. Site preparation work began on July 9th. Indications are the facility will likely open in the spring of 2013. According the City Manager Joe […]

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Finishing touches being put on MarketPlace North revitalization project

Posted August 26, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Revitalization of the former Village Square Shopping Center and its transformation into The Shoppes at MarketPlace North is nearing the finish line. This rather substantial economic development project was set in motion in October of 2010 when Tom Meyer and his son, Aaron Meyer, joined forces to purchase the bulk of the property in the […]

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Governor taps Rodney Stokes to lead ‘placemaking’ initiatives for vibrant cities

Posted June 24, 2012 by Bruce Snook

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder Thursday (June 21) announced that Rodney Stokes will be the administration’s point man on working with cities to help them become more vibrant and inviting by enhancing their existing resources. Stokes, who currently serves as Department of Natural Resources director, will leave that position to join the Executive Office. […]

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Cass County economy and economic development activity highlighted during presentation in Edwardsburg

Posted June 10, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Cass County’s economy and its economic development efforts were in the spotlight during a meeting last week in Edwardsburg. To access John Eby’s story on the subject in the Dowagiac Daily News, click on the following link:  Cass jobs picture ‘code red’

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Governor says ‘smart justice’ is key to safe communities, economic growth

Posted March 7, 2012 by Bruce Snook

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan must attack crime through a comprehensive system of “smart justice” that recognizes the connection between enforcement, prevention and economic opportunity, Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday (March 7th). The initiatives are outlined in Snyder’s Special Message to the Legislature on Public Safety, which he released at a Flint news conference. The message proposes […]

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Article explores economic impact of WMU School of Medicine, particularly on downtown Kalamazoo

Posted February 29, 2012 by Bruce Snook

The Western Michigan University School of Medicine is gradually taking shape in Kalamazoo.  The economic impact of the school – particularly on downtown Kalamazoo – is the focus of a MiBiz article by Elijah Brumback.  To access the report, click on the following link:  Kalamazoo’s WMU Opportunity:  As med school takes shape, business opportunities abound

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Plans for Menards store in Three Rivers come back to life

Posted January 18, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Plans by Menards for a Three Rivers store – on hold in recent years – are coming back to life as 2012 gets underway. You can learn more about the topic in Wednesday’s (January 18th) edition of the Three Rivers Commercial-News or by clicking on the following link to the online version of the article […]

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Newspaper story provides insight into new relationship between St. Joseph County EDC and Southwest Michigan First

Posted January 13, 2012 by Bruce Snook

Last week – in a unanimous action – the St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners approved two documents establishing a new approach to economic development in the county, an approach that partners the St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) with Kalamazoo-based Southwest Michigan First Corporation and Southwest Michigan Partnership, LLC. This week brought additional […]

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St. Joseph County Commissioners approve EDC partnership with Southwest Michigan First

Posted January 4, 2012 by Bruce Snook

“This is a good and exciting day and we’re ready to work, and we’re really looking forward to what’s going to happen this next year and for many years to come.” These were the words of Ken Jones, president of the St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), Tuesday evening (January 3rd) following unanimous action […]

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Snyder signs new business, community revitalization programs into law

Posted December 14, 2011 by Bruce Snook

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday (December 23th) signed into law a five-bill package creating new economic development and community revitalization programs that will provide $100 million in incentives for highly competitive projects in Michigan. The Michigan Business Development and Michigan Community Revitalization Programs replace the state’s previous MEGA, Brownfield and Historic tax credit […]

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Partnership between St. Joseph County EDC and Southwest Michigan First under consideration

Posted October 5, 2011 by Bruce Snook

Economic development in St. Joseph County was in the spotlight again Monday (October 3rd) during a St. Joseph County Board of Commissioners work session. Up for discussion was a proposal from the St. Joseph County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) for a partnership with Kalamazoo-based Southwest Michigan First. As noted in minutes of the County Board’s […]

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News story provides abundant insights regarding economic development

Posted September 24, 2011 by Bruce Snook

2011 has brought a good deal of attention to the subject of ‘economic development’ in St. Joseph County with much of the conversation focused on the so-called ‘Trine proposal.’  Although it did not materialize, the proposal did prompt much thought and discussion – and it’s encouraging to note that the topic is still being explored, […]

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