The region’s newest job and business development initiative is slated to help kick off 2019. Western Michigan University will begin development of the Business Technology and Research Park 2—BTR 2—in the next few months thanks to a $2.1 million grant from U.S. Economic Development Administration, a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The grant will help pay for site development in the form of roads and utilities.
The new complex will attract and incubate new businesses and establish University, regional business and community partnerships, says Bob Miller, associate vice president for community outreach. It will support research, economic development and new student opportunities.
"The Western Michigan University Business Technology and Research Park has been, and will continue to be, a partnership among the municipalities,” Miller says. “The city of Kalamazoo and now Oshtemo Township, Southwest Michigan First, and the university are working together to add to the tax base, increase jobs, and offer opportunities for students and faculty."
The new venture continues the success of WMU’s Business Technology and Research Park 1, a 256-acre complex with similar goals. BTR 1 is now home to approximately 40 companies which provide more than 850 jobs. The park and its businesses have added close to $10 million in tax revenue for the city of Kalamazoo. Since its inception, BTR 1 has provided hundreds of internships for WMU students and counts 100 alumni among its employees. Read the full article.
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Welcome to the BTR Park
The Business Technology and Research Park is a high-tech business development that shares WMU’s Parkview Campus with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The park’s location means partner firms in the life sciences, advanced engineering and information technology will have regular opportunities to interact with the faculty, research staff and students of one of the nation’s top public universities.
- Adjacent to Western Michigan University’s $70 million College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
- Two-hour drive from Chicago and Detroit near the junction of I-94 and U.S. 131.
- Ten minutes from major airline service at the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport.
- Chicago and Detroit are 140 miles from Kalamazoo, Cleveland, Indianapolis and Milwaukee are all within a 250-mile radius.