Message from Bob Miller

Bob Miller head shot photoDear Community Partners,

After 20 years serving as Associate Vice President for Western Michigan University's Office of Community Outreach, I am retiring effective July 1. After that time, any questions regarding the Business Technology and Research (BTR) Park or community relations should be directed until further notice to Margaret von Steinen at margaret.vonsteinen@wmich.edu or (269) 387-2072.

I plan to stay active in the community and will continue to serve on a number of boards and committees in Greater Kalamazoo. Thank you for your help and support over the years, and most importantly, for your friendship.

Best regards, 

Bob

Welcome to the Office of Community Outreach

At Western Michigan University, we are committed to partnering with our community. Businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, neighborhoods—WMU appreciates the opportunity to have a meaningful connection with all of you. We value strategic business and industry partnerships, helping to build human capital, and working to resolve challenges of mutual interest. The associate vice president for community outreach invites you to Partner with Us.

Partner with us online form

 
On April 1, 2019, WMU took steps toward maintaining its reputation as a community-engaged school of choice by submitting its application for "Community Engagement" re-designation with the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Initiatives and outcomes of the University's Shared Gold Civic Action Plan provided the supporting evidence for the application. Learn more in the application executive summary.

Shared Gold 2017-19 activity report.

WMU to break ground on economic-development engine

Aerial map of BTR 1 and 2The region's newest job and business development initiative is slated to help kick off 2019. WMU will begin development of the Business Technology and Research Park 2—BTR 2—in the next few months. The new complex is expected to attract and incubate new businesses as well as establish University, regional business and community partnerships, says Bob Miller, associate vice president for community outreach. It also will support research, economic development and new student opportunities. Read more. 

WMU 2017-18 civic engagement annual report

Read about some of the mutually beneficial engagement that occurred over the past year in Shared Gold, the WMU Office of Community Outreach Annual Report 2017-18. 

university economic impact exceeds $1 billion

Western Michigan University contributed over $1 billion dollars to the Kalamazoo-area economy in a one-year span, according to a new report. The economic impact the University has on the region is about $1.6 billion, according to a report paid for jointly by Western Michigan University and Southwest Michigan First. Read more at MLive News
Report highlights.

University Partners with city to promote 'shared prosperity' for residents

Western Michigan University President Edward Montgomery and Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell have signed an agreement formalizing WMU's collaboration in Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo, a bold new city initiative to reduce poverty and promote more broadly shared prosperity in the city. Read more.

Kalamazoo Mixed-Use Incubator

Efforts are underway to launch a mixed-use incubator in downtown Kalamazoo. Nearly 70 campus and community members are already involved in the initiative and a steering committee has been formed and a feasibility study is underway. Interested in learning more? Email inquiries welcome.