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Welcome to Community Partnerships

Community Partnerships is a unit of the Office of Government Relations

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 partnerships invites you to Partner with Us.

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WMU earns second carnegie Community Classification

Carnegie Community Engagement logoFor the second consecutive time, WMU has received the Carnegie Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes higher education institutions across the country for their outstanding institutional commitment to transformation collaboration locally and beyond. WMU students, faculty and staff contributed 1.34 million hours of community service over the reporting year. Read more at WMU News.
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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
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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, a steering committee has been formed, and a feasibility study is underway.