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KPEP Executive Director to Speak at Rotary Club of Kalamazoo

KPEP Executive Director to Speak at Rotary Club of Kalamazoo

The Rotary Club of Kalamazoo will host a presentation made by Bill DeBoer, Executive Director for Kalamazoo Probation Enhancement Program (KPEP). He will be joined by a KPEP client who experienced a successful turnaround in life who will share their story. The presentation will be held on February 20, 2012 at noon at the Radisson Plaza Hotel, 100 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, Michigan. The fee for this event is $13.00, which includes lunch.

DeBoer will speak about his involvement with the group mentoring sessions and how they benefit KPEP and Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative (MPRI) residents in Kalamazoo and Calhoun Counties. He will also speak about steps taken in showing residents they can become independent, contributing members of the community.

A RSVP is necessary to attend. Please contact Heather Isch at 269-349-4440 to reserve your seat. If you are not a Rotarian but would like to attend, call for details.

Historic Kalamazoo Gazette building changing hands

Kalamazoo, MI - Phoenix Properties has announced its plans to redevelop the former Kalamazoo Gazette properties at the corner of the Kalamazoo Mall and Lovell Street in downtown Kalamazoo.

The announcement comes after weeks of speculation centered on the future of a primary building that anchors the south end of the Kalamazoo Mall, a historic building occupied by Kalamazoo's oldest existing business, the Kalamazoo Gazette.   

Highlights of this unique, adaptive re-use property include:

Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce - Business Personal Property Tax

By Steward Sandstrom, CCE, president and CEO

The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce and our members took bold steps in 2011 to eliminate the onerous Michigan Business Tax and related surcharge. In 2012, there is another important step that we need to take as well. Eliminating the Personal Property Tax (PPT) would continue to improve Kalamazoo's economic climate and truly declare to the world that Michigan is once again open for business.

Chamber Quarterly Meeting to Feature Pete Hoekstra and Jim Stephanak

Chamber Quarterly Meeting to Feature Pete Hoekstra and Jim Stephanak

KALAMAZOO, Mich.- The Kalamazoo Regional Chamber of Commerce will present its Quarterly Meeting on February 2, from 11:30 to 1 p.m., at the Holiday Inn-West, located at 2747 S. 11th St. in Kalamazoo. The program will feature former U.S. Rep. Pete Hoekstra as its keynote speaker, addressing “The Impact of Gridlock in Washington on Business Growth.” Additionally, attendees will receive a membership update from current Board Chair, Jim Stephanak, and will have a chance to provide instant survey feedback through an audience response system.

The event is designed to update members about current Chamber endeavors and to hear from Hoekstra regarding the economic implications of indecision.

Kalamazoo County Joins McLaren Health Plan’s Medicaid Service Area

Kalamazoo County Joins McLaren Health Plan’s Medicaid Service Area

News Release:

Flint, Mich. - As part of McLaren Health Plan’s ongoing growth and expansion, the health plan Medicaid service area will include Kalamazoo County on Jan. 1, 2012.

Kalamazoo County residents will now have the opportunity to enroll in an award-winning Medicaid plan that offers many free benefits, including no copayments on office visits, prescriptions, hospital and ER visits, eye exams and glasses, and podiatry services.

Additionally, McLaren Health Plan Medicaid members can enroll in McLaren Moms, a support program for pregnant members, and have access to a host of other free programs.

“We invite Kalamazoo County residents to experience the care and personal attention we give to each of our members,” said Kathy Kendall, President and CEO of McLaren Health Plan.

Kalamazoo Chamber quarterly meeting to feature former Rep. Pete Hoekstra

Kalamazoo Chamber quarterly meeting to feature former Rep. Pete Hoekstra

February 2, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Holiday Inn West (2747 S. 11th St.)

With 16 years experience in Washington, former Representative Pete Hoekstra, will share his perspective on whether today's political climate differs from the past and how business leaders should collectively address any changes. Based upon his travels around the state for U.S. Senate, he will share what he is hearing directly from business owners.

Hoekstra will talk about the economic implications of indecision, over-regulation and uncertainty from Washington. Additionally, he will address whether business owners and decision-makers are rightfully cautious about capital investment, hiring or expansion in 2012.

11-11:30 Registration
11:30-12:10 Lunch served
12:10-12:25 Chamber Update
12:25-12:50 Rep. Hoekstra Keynote and Q&A
12:50-1 Closing remarks

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