The City of Kalamazoo works with a variety of local organizations on its development initiatives, including:
Downtown Kalamazoo Incorporated (DKI): This private, nonprofit organization manages a full range of programs that benefit downtown Kalamazoo and enhance the economic health of the community.
Southwest Michigan First: The organization serves as an economic growth catalyst for the Kalamazoo region. Southwest Michigan First has the resources and expertise to assist investors and entrepreneurs in reaching their business goals.
Business, Technology & Research (BTR) Park: This high-tech business development shares Western Michigan University's Parkview Campus with the College of Engineering & Applied Sciences. The park's location provides partner firms in the life sciences with regular opportunities for interaction with advanced engineering and information technology faculty, and access to research staff and students.
Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC): The MEDC can help with expansion, a relocation, or even a concern with another agency of state government. From site location assistance to job training grants, from help with permits to tax abatements, the MEDC is the state's official economic development corporation - a one-stop resource for businesses seeking to grow in Michigan.
The MEDC was formed in 1999 through an alliance between the State of Michigan and several local communities. It is the successor to the Michigan Jobs Commission, the state's economic development department, and has the ability, authority and reach to serve as a one-stop resource for business retention, expansion and relocation projects. Due to its cooperative formation between state and local governments, the MEDC provides excellent coordination with local communities and agencies across the state.