BUSINESS RECRUITMENT & RETENTION

 

Mission Statement: To add to the economic vibrancy of downtown Kalamazoo by recruiting new retail and office businesses. To create a prosperous environment for existing businesses by using connections in the fields of consulting, business lending and real estate. To assist developers in creating and filling commercial and residential space.

Current Initiatives

Business development in downtown Kalamazoo is guided by the Business Recruitment & Retention Committee, which makes recommendations to the DDA Board on initiatives such as:

Business Recruitment & Retention Program

Downtown Redevelopment Liquor Licenses

Retail Incubation Program.
 
It also is responsible for:
 
Available commercial space
 
Tracking Economic Indicators
 
Key Support Services
 

Contact

Rob Peterson, 269.344.0795
 

Members

Steve Blinn, Vice Chair
Olde Peninsula Brewpub/Harvey’s on the Mall
 
Pete Comensoli
Comensoli’s Pasta Pasta/Symphony Financial Services
 
Warren Cook
City of Kalamazoo
 
James Coyle, Chair
Nexus Business Solutions
 
Heather Isch
LKF Marketing
 
Darren Malek
Veritas Law Group
 
Gloria Spoerl
Southwest Commercial Realty
 
Anne Summerfield
A.L. Summerfield Associates
 
Mac Waldorf
Apjohn Group
 
Mark Wrench
Signwriter/Serigraphics