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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.
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.
Fear and loathing at Mackinac, or How I learned to stop worrying and love the Policy Conference
Thursday, June 05, 2014
Aspiring young leaders learn the art of the deal on Mackinac Island.
Air Zoo gives science education a seat in first class
Thursday, May 08, 2014
From nine airplanes in one hangar to more than 60 air- and spacecraft and more than 200 voluteers assisting the staff, the Air Zoo has grown in the past 30-plus years. Now its horizon is expanding to deepen its commitment to education. CEO and President Troy Thrash talks about what is in the works. Tigers are involved.
Cheese brings smiles for Evergreen Lane Farm & Creamery
Thursday, April 10, 2014
In the past decade goat cheese has been one of the fastest growing cheeses in the specialty food product market. Michigan has more 1,000 reported milk goat operations. Zinta Aistars talks with the cheese makers at Evergreen Lane Farm & Creamery, where milk from goats (and cows) comes about through a cooperative effort.
Portage writer helps keep Star Trek universe alive
Thursday, February 06, 2014
Star Trek: Phase II comes to the big screen at Alamo Draft House. Chris Killian talks with Rick Chambers about the path to seeing his script in the movie house.
The route to a better bus service
Thursday, January 30, 2014
A more efficient, more streamlined transit system with more routes and more frequent stops is the goal. Zinta Aistars has the report on how it's coming about.
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Job seekers invited to major career fair at WMU
$20,000 gift will expand STEM program in area schools
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Pfizer site receives 2012 Top Plant award
Education will be focus of upcoming Startup Weekend
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Michigan Radio: Where's the the coolest cell phone tower?
Source: Michigan Radio
MLive: Paw Paw native a Tony award winner
MLive: Family Fishing Fair draws 600
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Commercial-News: Former K-Wings player on 'The Amazing Race'
Source: Three Rivers Commercial-News
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MLive: Art Encounters celebrates music, art
Kalamazoo Gazette: Barn art forms new quilt trail
Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
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