Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Award Nominations Accepted through January 2, 2018


The City of Kalamazoo is currently accepting nominations for the 2018 Dr. Lewis Walker Social Justice Youth Awards.  As part of the citywide MLK Day of Service, awards will be given to students between the ages of 12-19 from the Kalamazoo area in honor of Dr. Lewis Walker, a trailblazer for the progression of racial equity in Kalamazoo.

The winners will have demonstrated achievements in racial justice, community service, volunteerism, and leadership.  They will receive a community service award, a $200.00 monetary award, and a one year membership to the NAACP.

A total of four students will be recognized for their efforts. Three additional awards are presented by each of the program’s sponsors, Life EMS, Schupan & Sons, and Fifth Third Bank.

The winners will be recognized during the City Commission meeting on Tuesday, January 17, 2018 in the City Commission Chambers located at 241 W. South Street at 7:00 p.m.  Nominations are due by Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Nominations can be submitted online at www.kalamazoocity.org/walkeraward. Paper applications are also available from the City Manager’s Office at City Hall. If you need assistance, please contact (269) 337-8047. More information is available at www.kalamazoocity.org/mlk.


Residents Reminded to Drive Cautiously and Observe Parking Restrictions Ahead of Snowfall

As the first snow storm of this winter season approaches West Michigan, the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety would like to provide a couple of reminders:

  • Icy and snowy road conditions can be very dangerous and require slower speeds and increased distance between vehicles, regardless if your vehicle is equipped with four wheel drive.
  • Cautionary driving is especially important during the first snow of the winter season, as motorists are comfortable with driving on favorable road conditions. As a result, police departments across West Michigan respond to an increased number of vehicle accidents during this transition period.

Residents and visitors to the City are also reminded to observe on-street parking restrictions to assist with snow removal on city streets. On-street parking is not permitted between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. unless otherwise posted.

City of Kalamazoo receives Redevelopment Ready Communities Certification

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced on November 29 that the City of Kalamazoo has been awarded Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, recognizing efforts made to remove barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors in the City.

The MEDC will formally present the award at the City Commissions Regular Business meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 4 at City Hall.

Kalamazoo joins 14 other Michigan communities that have qualified as “thoroughly prepared” in regards to zoning, planning and other considerations that increase competitiveness and encourage development.

“Our mission at MEDC is to empower communities so they can proactively shape their future, a future built on a solid foundation of retaining and attracting business investment and talent,” said MEDC Vice President Katharine Czarnecki. “We look forward to working collaboratively with Kalamazoo to create a vibrant community where business and talent want to be, and where a strong sense of community flourishes.”

As part of the program, the MEDC provided the City of Kalamazoo with a comprehensive assessment, comparing the City’s current practices with RRC best practice standards. The RRC program also considered transparency, predictability and efficiency as they relate to economic development.

“The City of Kalamazoo had many good policies, practices, and programs in place when we applied for RRC,” said Rebekah Kik, Director of Community Planning & Development. “The technical assistance, support from MEDC staff and consulting assisted in achieving certification and re-working policies that made our good programs and practices GREAT for the community.”

“RRC certification sends a positive message to the development community that we are a team dedicated to success. We want to show that our staff is resourceful, proactive, and have a strategic advantage when it comes to working with the state on various incentives and opportunities,” said Kik.

As part of the RRC certification process, the City of Kalamazoo created a formalized Public Participation Policy and a Marketing and Branding Strategy for promoting Economic Development. These were crafted in conjunction with Imagine Kalamazoo 2025, engaging key stakeholders to review processes that were in place and potential improvements.

Kalamazoo joins Allegan, Boyne City, Eastpointe, Escanaba, Ferndale, Lansing, Lathrup Village, Manistee, Marshall, Middleville, Muskegon, Roseville, Southfield and Ypsilanti as certified Redevelopment Ready Communities.


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