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As home to Southwest Michigan's largest enclosed mall and an extensive commercial strip Portage draws those born to shop. But it is the city's commitment to what's outside those shops - - its green spaces and blue waters - that make Portage a place people love to call home. More than 60 linear trail miles give cyclists and walkers plenty of places to go. Some 800 acres of protected land is open to the public. Seven lakes offer water sports and fishing. The network of parks and trails, used for walking, cycling and canoeing, are proof of the city's commitment to balancing green spaces and workplaces, workplaces that include some of the world's biggest names. The city is home to the manufacturing headquarters of Pfizer, a world leader in biopharmaceuticals; Stryker, a medical technology leader; and the U.S. Headquarters of Mann+Hummel Group, a major corporation in automotive components. Portage enjoys the benefits of being close to Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo College and Kalamazoo Community College -- all of which contribute to the city's highly educated workforce. Restaurants and bars are a mixture of nationally recognized establishments and local favorites. During the summer months cultural events are offered in venues in each of the city's parks.
Low wages, high hopes: 41 percent of Kalamazoo County households struggle, including many with jobs
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Even in a supportive community, it takes grit, persistence and strong faith in the future to stay afloat when a job (or two) won’t cover life’s expenses.
41 percent of Kalamazoo families strain to meet nutritional needs
Thursday, March 12, 2015
Poverty has proven to be an Inadequate measurement of food insecurity.
Families who play together, stay together at Family Center of Arts
Thursday, December 18, 2014
At the Family Center for the Arts in Portage everyone in the family has a role to play.
A buy local gift guide with a high alcohol content
Thursday, December 11, 2014
From underwear to T-shirts to barrel aged beers, this collection of holiday gift ideas offers something for the hops head on your list.
Culture Is Not Optional explores many ways to build community
Jane C. Parikh
Thursday, December 04, 2014
A magazine, an underground supper club, a renovated school building and a community garden. What they all have in common is the commitment of *Culture Is Not An Option.
That does compute: More girls gaining tech, business skills through competitive robotics
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Dubbed a “varsity sport for the mind,” FIRST Robotics is about much more than building robots to shoot Frisbees, and it’s attracting more girls interested in everything from marketing to engineering.
Three Rivers builds its downtown with Main Street initiative
Thursday, October 09, 2014
Business owners say a new energy in downtown Three Rivers is just one of the benefits of being part of the Michigan Main Street Program.
Hard cider business is one way this family farm keeps changing
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Diversity at Schultz Fruitridge Farm means more than 20 varieties of apples, grapes, peaches, asparagus, and more. Bill Schultz talks about the latest innovation for the farm: turning its apples into hard cider.
Second chances for the two- and four-legged
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Dogs that no one wants are getting a second chance when they are trained by incarcerated inmates at Lakeland Correctional Facility. The trainers teach dogs what they need to know to find a home.
Zip in and go at Ziingo (now open for business)
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Chances are good that if you ask someone what Kalamazoo-area restaurants are their favorite, Chinn Chinn will be on that list. Its owner and chef John Tsui talks with Zinta Aistars about his career in the restaurant business and his latest venture, Ziingo.
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Source: Michigan Radio
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Source: Three Rivers Commercial-News
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Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
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