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Lunchtime Live Returning to Bronson Park

Lunchtime Live Returning to Bronson Park

Lunchtime Live, a series of City of Kalamazoo sponsored, lunchtime parties that center around Food Trucks in Bronson Park. These events will return this summer beginning Friday, June 12, 2015 and continue throughout the summer ending on September 11, 2015.

Not only will there be Food Trucks but also live music and pop-up retail shops along with other activities.

Vine Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo receives State Grant

Vine Neighborhood Association in Kalamazoo receives State Grant

Historic rehabilitation in Michigan gets $600,000 boost. Several nonprofits, serving historically designated neighborhoods throughout the state, will benefit from a collective $600,000 in grant funding to rehabilitate structures.

“Historic buildings, downtowns and neighborhoods are key to maintaining a sense of place in our communities,” MSHDA Executive Director Kevin Elsenheimer said. “They create character in small towns and cities alike. These Michigan communities will benefit for many years from the hard work of the neighborhood organizations that are taking on these rehab projects with the help of the Heritage Restoration Program.”

This program, created by the legislature for fiscal year 2015 as a competitive grant program to assist with funding of restoration and preservation projects in historically designated neighborhoods. Organizations receiving the grants will contribute 40 percent of the project cost.

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools Job Fair Date Set

Kalamazoo Public Schools is Hiring. They are looking for Elementary Teachers, Secondary Teachers, Special Ed Personnel and Support Staff.

The Job Fair for these positions is taking place on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 from 4 – 6pm at the W. Main Professional Development Center, located at 1627 W. Main in Kalamazoo, MI.

If you would like to pre-register and be considered for interviews on May 12th, please RSVP before May 1st at hivelynl@kalamazoo.k12.mi.us or visit the website at www.kalamazoopublicschools.com

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

My Town: 'Battle of the Buildings' underway in West Michigan

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— A ‘Battle of the Buildings’ is underway in West Michigan, and the winner gets to keep more of their money.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan says more than 14 Grand Rapids area businesses have signed up for the competition to reduce energy usage.  Participants include Steelcase and Spectrum Health, JSJ Corporation in Grand Haven; Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids, Steelcase in Kentwood; The Grand Rapids Art Museum; Kent Intermediate School District; Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park; Aquinas College; Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo; the Muskegon County Hall of Justice and Metro Health Hospital in Wyoming.

This is the second year for the Battle of the Buildings.  For more information, including how to sign up your business, visit the campaign website here.

My Town: Huntington bank expands to Meijer stores

KENT COUNTY, Mich.—A new bank is moving into Meijer stores across the area.

Huntington Bank is partnering with the retailer to open 43 branches within Meijer stores, a dozen of which are in the greater Grand Rapids area.  The bank says the deal will create 250 jobs within the state and make Huntington the third largest bank branch network in the state.  Huntington says the partnership will bring its company workforce up to 2,300 people.

The announcement comes months after Chase began notifying customers it is closing its Meijer store branches.  A spokesman for Meijer told WZZM 13 “circumstances have changed and we mutually agreed to end the relationship.”

Huntington’s new Meijer branch locations will include Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Grandville, Greenville, Ionia, Jenison, Lowell, Muskegon, Portage, and Wyoming.

Planting the seed: Drought-resistant corn developer awarded $500k grant

Planting the seed: Drought-resistant corn developer awarded $500k grant

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Grand Valley State University) — Native Traits Corporation, a start-up bio-technology company in Kalamazoo, received $500,000 in pre-seed funding.

The Bioscience Research and Commercialization Center (BRCC) at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo invested $250,000 and Northern Michigan Angels, an investor group in Traverse City, provided an additional $250,000. The company also received hands-on support from the Michigan Small Business Development Center housed at Grand Valley State University.

Native Traits Corporation is a commercial developer of native traits for the hybrid seed corn industry; the company’s primary focus is the development of genetic traits that can make corn resistant to drought and extreme temperatures.

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

My Town: Michigan fruit growers encouraged to complete USDA Fruit Acreage Inventory

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Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Jamie Clover Adams encouraged the state's fruit growers to complete the 2014 Fruit Acreage Inventory being conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).