Community of Excellence

Kalamazoo is justly proud of its history of innovation for which it has received international acclaim. Known widely for being the first community in the country to incorporate an outdoor pedestrian mall in its central business district, downtown Kalamazoo has also been the home to many well-known businesses that include:
  • Checker Cab
  • Gibson Guitar
  • Kalamazoo Corsets
  • Shakespeare Reels
 Downtown Kalamazoo is a center of excellence, wholly due to the many businesses and organizations that have set and achieved the highest standards in their industry. Some of these entities and their accomplishments include:
  • Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo;
  • Bronson Hospital; Malcolm Baldridge Award Winner 2006; Top 100 Places for Working Mothers
  • City of Kalamazoo; National Family Friendly Award, 2005
  • Gazelle Sports; Michigan Retailers Association Retailer of the Year, 2006 & 2007
  • Kalamazoo Community Foundation;
  • Kalamazoo Public Library; Library of the Year, 2002
  • Radisson Plaza Hotel
  • Tower Pinkster Titus