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My Town: South-Town development the focus of Kalamazoo PlacePlan

My Town: South-Town development the focus of Kalamazoo PlacePlan

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Improvements may be on the way to the city’s transportation system.

The city’s PlacePlan project calls for a sustainable network of biking, walking and transit around Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s new healthy living campus.  The plan created by community members also focuses on opportunities to grow the farmers market.

About $42 million in new development is already planned for the South-Town area, including a new culinary institute and food innovation building for Kalamazoo Valley Community College.

“Once the campus is open we will hope to have developers saying, ‘Hmm, these students are going to need housing and they’re probably going to want to eat and shop so maybe we should consider some residential units, mixed-use, and some new restaurants,” said Rebekah Kik, city planner for Kalamazoo

35th Street Rod Nationals North Plus 2014 in Kalamazoo, MI

35th Street Rod Nationals North Plus 2014 in Kalamazoo, MI

The Kalamazoo County Expo Center & Fairgrounds will be the scene of the 35th Annual Street Rod Nationals North Plus on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 12th, 13th & 14th. Friday and Saturday hours are 8:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday 8:30am - 2:00pm.

Admission prices are $15 for Adults; $6 for Children 6 - 12 years and children 5 years and under are free. Senior Citizens, Military personnel, NSRA members and UPS employees are all entitled to a discount ticket with proper ID. All tickets are on sale at the Fairgrounds ONLY during the event.

See more than 2500 street rods, muscle cars, custom cars and trucks and specialty vehicles from all over Central United States, all 30 years and older and a variety of vehicles in value of $8000 to $100,000.  Vehicles will be on display during the day while also being entered in a variety of games and events. On Sunday, a "Circle of Winners" will be featured.

My Town: Amtrak extends Michigan summer schedule through September

My Town: Amtrak extends Michigan summer schedule through September

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Amtrak)-- Amtrak will continue to operate trains on a modified schedule for the Wolverine Service and Blue Water routes through the end of September as it completes infrastructure improvements in West Michigan.

The track and signal work will result in improved reliability, a smoother ride and the future extension of 110 mph Amtrak service between Battle Creek and Kalamazoo.

My Town: Massive dryer to travel from Kalamazoo to North Dakota

My Town: Massive dryer to travel from Kalamazoo to North Dakota

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—What is 70 feet long, 11 feet across and weighs nearly 300,000 pounds?  One of the largest items to come out of a former GM plant in Kalamazoo.

W. Soule’s Soule Fabrication Group facility at Midlink is getting ready to ship its newest creation- a large steam-powered dryer.  The dryer, which is comprised of carbon steel, will go to an ethanol plant in North Dakota to dry corn. 

 “It is physically one of the largest pieces we’ve ever built,” says W. Soule’s Chief Operating Officer Gary Cline, who has worked at the company for 28 years.

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU teams' plans could save bankrupt Detroit millions of dollars

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU teams' plans could save bankrupt Detroit millions of dollars

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Two teams from Western Michigan University have come up with plans that could save bankrupt Detroit nearly $2 million a year.

Since early May, students, alumni and a faculty advisor with WMU’s integrated supply management program have been working on cost-cutting measures for two city transportation facilities that house city buses and emergency vehicles. The teams worked with city personnel at the Russell-Ferry and Shoemaker Terminal garages to create lean systems to improve the city’s budget outlook. 

"When the call for expertise in the area of lean consulting came from the city of Detroit, we knew that our students and alumni could provide the necessary talent and teamwork to help the city," says Ken Jones, director of executive education and instructor of integrated supply management at WMU.

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU solar race team takes 25 years of experience on the road

My Town Kalamazoo: WMU solar race team takes 25 years of experience on the road

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A green machine created by Western Michigan University students is about to embark on a cross-country road trip in the 2014 American Solar Challenge.

On Monday, July 21, the Sunseeker solar car racing team will begin its 1,751 mile journey from Austin, Texas to Minneapolis, Minnesota.  The team has one week to complete the trip.

"The team is looking forward to competing against and learning from those national and international teams in attendance, this year," Harris says, "especially as we look forward to building a new vehicle this fall semester."

Before they make the trip, WMU’s 14 person team must qualify during the Formula Sun Grand Prix this weekend.  The closed-course track race runs through July 19 at Austin's Circuit of the Americas Grand Prix facility.

Caught Being Safe program launches statewide

Michigan State Police, local law enforcement and Michigan’s Field Neurosciences Institute have teamed up with McDonald’s of Michigan to once again launch “Caught Being Safe,” a statewide bicycle/scooter helmet safety program. Kids wearing helmets and “caught being safe” by participating law enforcement officials will treated to a free ice cream cone or Apple Dippers at McDonald’s. 

According to the Field Neurosciences Institute (of Michigan): “Caught Being Safe! has shown a significant increase in both helmet utilization and public awareness regarding the critical importance of wearing a bicycle helmet. This program has impacted not only children but adults as well.”