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Monday, February 11, 2019

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Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Launches Citizen Coalitions in 2019 with 76 Community Members Selected to Participate

Kalamazoo, MI—The Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership is thrilled to announce its Citizen Coalition members for 2019. In 2018, the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership undertook a significant organizational restructuring process to broaden its leadership network and create opportunities for diverse stakeholders to be able to guide its programs, services and initiatives.

As part of that process, the organization created and held an open call for applications to four new Citizen Coalitions (People, Place, Experience, Growth – focused on areas of impact key to the success of Downtown) from October to mid-November. More than 130 individuals applied and 76 were selected and approved by the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Board (see attached membership).


  • The Coalition for People will work to strengthen links with local organizations and engage the diverse Downtown populations. Members will focus on achievement of inclusive growth and engagement, soliciting feedback from local stakeholders, and identifying how initiatives can better serve the Downtown community.
  • The Coalition for Place will work to plan and implement an inviting environment Downtown. Members will help identify and prioritize key public infrastructure investments, including connectivity and mobility improvements, sidewalks, street furniture, lighting and wayfinding. 
  • The Coalition for Experience will work to curate an engaging Downtown culture. Members will generate ideas for events, programs, and public art to bring people Downtown, and make creative suggestions to market the Downtown and its businesses.
  • The Coalition for Growth will focus on driving entrepreneurship and investment Downtown. Members will guide efforts to support existing businesses Downtown, attract new businesses, provide support to start-ups, and foster inclusive growth and development downtown.

Coalitions begin meeting this week. Applications will open on an annual basis.

pdf2019 Citizen Coalition Members

About Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership

Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership is a private, non-profit organization that works with both the public and private sectors in preserving and enhancing the economic health of Kalamazoo’s downtown area and, in turn, the Kalamazoo community. In conjunction with its affiliate organizations, it manages a full range of activities that include capital improvement projects, business development and recruitment programs, image marketing and event planning in order to establish Downtown Kalamazoo as an accessible, diverse, green, progressive and vibrant urban center. For more information, visit downtownkalamazoo.org, and follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.