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April 11, 2019

Contact: Andrew Haan, President – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 269.344.0795

Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Welcomes New Board Members as part of growing leadership network

Kalamazoo, MI—The Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Board of Directors welcomed seven new board members at its March meeting.

“As Downtown Kalamazoo continues to grow, it’s critical that we engage with partner organizations and community stakeholders to align efforts. We are honored to welcome 11 new community leaders to our Board of Directors to guide our programs, services, and initiatives. The variety of experiences and skills each brings to the organization will advance our efforts to cultivate world-class downtown.”

In 2019, the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Board was expanded to include representation from the five taxing jurisdictions participating in the newly-created Kalamazoo Downtown Economic Growth Authority: Kalamazoo Public Library, Kalamazoo County, City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Metro Transit. Four at-large members were added, representing local business and residential interests. Additionally, building on efforts to more broadly engage the community, the chair of each Citizen Coalition (People, Place, Experience and Growth) joined the board in March, representing their respective Coalitions and the 76 new members of the downtown leadership network that joined the organization in January.

New members appointed to the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Board

  • Martha Todd, Kalsec
  • Elyse Brey, Downtown Resident, Western Michigan University
  • Andy Wenzel, PlazaCorp
  • Bjorn Green, Tower-Pinkster
  • Lisa Henthorn, Kalamazoo County
  • Sean McBride, Metro Transit
  • Nnamdi Dike, Kalamazoo Public Library

Citizen Coalition chairs new to the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Board

  • Margaret Patton, Coalition for People
  • Greg Milliken, Coalition for Place
  • Beth McCann, Coalition for Experience
  • Greg Dobson, Coalition for Growth

Reappointments to the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership Board

  • Bob Cinabro, community leader
  • Bob Lewis, Millennium Restaurant Group
  • Susan Watts, Bronson Healthcare
  • Clarence Lloyd, Consumers Credit Union
  • Chris Zeigler, MRC Industries

Kalamazoo Valley Community College will appoint a representative by the end of 2019.

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 Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.