What Are Southwest Michigan’s Best Assets? [from 269 Magazine]

269-Magazine-March-April-2016-issueAs a contributor to the March/April issue of 269 Magazine, I was asked to share my answer to “What Are Southwest Michigan’s Best Assets?”

Kathy-Sue Dunn

Commissioner, Calhoun County

I was born and raised in Battle Creek. I’m
still here. Why? For me, there’s no place
like home! I love that within our region
are parts that feel big city without hustle,
bustle, traffic, and lines.

The accessibility of I-69 and I-94 offers
access to many gems. Families can stand
eye-to-eye with giraffes at the Binder Park
Zoo. A few hours at FireKeepers Casino
are a Vegas-style escape. Baseball games
happen most summer days at Bailey
Park. Our wineries and craft breweries,
anchored by Bell’s and Arcadia Ales,
are nationally cheered. Places like
Kellogg Community College’s Regional
Manufacturing Technology Center deliver
phenomenal training to get people good
jobs. Our contribution to the aviation
industry takes off at Western Michigan
University’s Aviation School and lands
at Duncan Aviation. The International
Food Protection Training Institute and
the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have
global impact. And, the region’s hospital
network is so collaborative — I’ll point
to Borgess, Bronson and Oaklawn —
bringing healthcare expertise right into
our communities.

While I do enjoy traveling, the best part
is coming home to my little corner of the
world. Southwest Michigan. My Mitten.
My Home.

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