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James Hettinger, interim Chief Executive Officer

4 C's of making Battle Creek more attractive to young entrepreneurs

As Battle Creek's economy becomes new again, what will it become?

Jason Byler

Fifty sweet years of maple sugaring at Kalamazoo Nature Center

The Kalamazoo Nature Center with its 1,100 acres of wooded rolling land and varied educational offerings is recognized as one of the top nature centers in the nation. And for 50 years it’s been celebrating the coming of spring with the Maple Sugar Festival. 

Joshua Sampson

Low wages, high hopes: 41 percent of Kalamazoo County households struggle, including many with jobs

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.

Steena Brown Chops while children Viggo and GloryAnne watch

41 percent of Kalamazoo families strain to meet nutritional needs

Poverty has proven to be an Inadequate measurement of food insecurity.

John and Rosemary Brown and Kirk Newman

Generosity is the way things get done in Kalamazoo

People give of their time and money to keep Kalamazoo a place where they love to live.

Jon Good and Josh Cook

Distilleries want to be the next big thing in Southwest Michigan

The  Kalamazoo area boasts a rich distilling history with spirits being produced and bottled in large quantities from 1836 to 1881. Today a new batch of spirits makers are bringing back those heady and productive years.

Fido Motors

Fido creator strives for lots of fun on two wheels

An old buggy chassis factory in Kalamazoo's Edison neighborhood is the new home for a practical means of gas-free transportation: an electric scooter. 

Chris Hancox, Public safety

Guess which neighborhood is the safest in Kalamazoo?

A bustling downtown attracts more visitors and residents. That means more eyes on the street, but also more opportunities for law-breaking. Yet Kalamazoo has seen a 30 percent drop in downtown crime, and safety advocates say “Come on down!”


Higher ed wakes up and smells the beer, but new brewing program is no joke

Ever since WMU and KVCC announced the nation's first sustainable brewing program people have been joking that they wish they could have gotten college credit for their beer studies. Jeremy Martin finds there's much more to the new program than the jokesters imagine.

One Well

Craft brewers find collaborations keep competition friendly

When craft brewers put collaboration above competition everyone wins -- especially craft brew drinkers. 

Daniel Floyd with his invention

WMU sophomore patents device that turns cork into a way to improve diction

A passion at a young age for learning how businesses work and difficulty speaking clearly come together to create a startup opportunity for one WMU sophomore. 

Belinda Tate

Belinda Tate finds new ways to get people to visit the KIA

Belinda Tate is listening to find out what the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts can do for the community. She already has a few ideas. 

Driver Harry Gamble, Reverand Ivan Lee and Sheri Harris, Jonah President

B C Rides helps people get to work

When people work together to get things done solutions to obstacles can be overcome. BC Rides is one of those solutions. It's helping workers get to their jobs. 

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How 'smart' is Michigan's electrical grid?

You may have a smart meter on your house, but what's so "smart" about it? We explore Michigan's foray into the "smart grid" and how it affects you.
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