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Awards & Recognition Archive

2011

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada

2010

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada 

2009

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada 

2008

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting 
Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada 

2007

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

12th Annual Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award
National Purchasing Institute

100 Best Communities for Young People
America's Promise Alliance for Youth

AA Bond Rating
Standard and Poor's/Fitch Ratings Bond Corporations

Entrepreneurial American Community Award
Partners for Livable Communities

Top Ten Turnaround Cities in the United States
Urban Land Institute

LOCAL/STATE/REGIONAL RECOGNITION

Merit Award
Historic Preservation Commission for Restoration of Michigan Central Depot-Kalamazoo Transportation Center

Outstanding Audit Award
Greyhound Corporation

2006

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Groundwater Guardian Award
(Awarded for seven consecutive years; 2000-2006)
United States Geological Society

Outstanding Park Award - VerSluis/Dickinson Park
(Also awarded in 2001, 2002 and 2003)
National Softball Association

Peak Performance Award (Wastewater) Platinum
(2005 (Platinum Award); 2000-2004 Gold Award years)
National Association for Clean Water Agencies

STATE/REGIONAL RECOGNITION

Cool Cities Award - Project: Portage Street Corridor
State of Michigan

Owner's Award - Architecture Preservation - Kalamazoo Transportation Center
American Institute of Architects - Southwest Michigan Chapter

Public Works Project of the Year: Honorable Mention - KL/W. Michigan Avenue Reconstruction American Society of Civil Engineers - Southwestern Michigan Branch

Purchasing Agency of the Year
Michigan Public Purchasing Officers Association

2005

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

National Aquatic Safety Award - Kik Pool
(Also awarded in 2001, 2002 and 2003)
Jeff Ellis & Associates

Promoting Active Communities Award
(Awarded for three consecutive years; 2000, 2001, 2002)
Governor's Council on Physical Fitness Health and Sports

2004

STATE/REGIONAL RECOGNITION

2nd Place - Award for Excellence for Outstanding Operations and Maintenance of a Large Advanced Plant
United States Environmental Protection Agency - Region 5

Cool Cities Award - Project: Smartshop
State of Michigan

Exemplary Wellhead Protection Award
Michigan Chapter of American Water Works Association

Public Works Project of the Year: Transportation Honorable Mention - Parkview Avenue Reconstruction (< $2M project)
American Public Works Association - Southwestern Michigan Branch

Wall of Fame Award for Partners Building Community
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Grand Rapids Field Office

2003

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Cities United for Science Progress (CUSP) Best Practice Award U.S. Conference of Mayors and DuPont for "Lead Safe for Kids' Sake"

Livable Community Award for People Who Are Blind
American Foundation for the Blind

LOCAL/STATE/REGIONAL RECOGNITION

Pride Award - Improvements to Northside Neighborhood Area Northside Business Association

2002

NATIONAL RECOGNITION

Improvement Award - Bus Safety Award Competition
American Public Transit Association

LOCAL/STATE/REGIONAL RECOGNITION

Preservation Merit Award for Government Property
Historic Preservation Commission for Rehabilitation of Milham Park Picnic Shelter

Public Works Project of the Year: Environmental Projects - Cork Street Landfill Remedial Action
American Public Works Association - Southwestern Michigan Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Historic Preservation - North Mall Landscape Improvements
American Public Works Association - Southwestern Michigan Branch

Public Works Project of the Year: Quality of Life - East Gateway Project
American Public Works Association - Southwestern Michigan Branch

Neighborhoods

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Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, Kalamazoo has something for everyone. From elegant historic homes to modern downtown apartments to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian homes, Kalamazoo’s diverse neighborhoods offer a wide range of options that suit all tastes.

Kalamazoo is divided in to twenty-one neighborhoods, each with unique characteristics and a shared sense of community. Seven neighborhoods are adjacent to Kalamazoo’s growing downtown, which is often the focus of community events and activities. Downtown Kalamazoo is home to museums, libraries, art, live music, breweries, restaurants, theatre, festivals, parades, special events… and the recent addition of Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine and the nearly completed Kalamazoo Valley Community College Healthy Living Campus are just two examples of exciting developments happening downtown.

Many neighborhoods are represented by a neighborhood association that supports the needs of their residents and acts as a liaison with the City Commission. The City also partners with a variety of public and private organizations to oversee community projects and maintain safe, clean, and vibrant neighborhoods which are essential to maintaining the strength of Kalamazoo. 

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) & Home Equalizer

The City's GIS service allows citizens to search our city-wide mapping system for a particular property. You have the option of viewing the city in detail based on a particular address, property identification number (PIN) or by zooming in to an area of interest. 

Additionally, the City provides a property database hosted on the BS&A Software website, which represents the City's assessment records. This information is only updated periodically, so users of this application should verify the information with the public primary sources. For verification of assessment information, please contact the Assessor's Office at (269) 337-8011. For zoning information, please call (269) 337-8044. The City of Kalamazoo assumes no liability for the information contained on this site.

Housing Facts about the City

According to the 2000 U.S. Census Housing Information, the median income for a household within the City was $31,189 and the median income for a family was $42,438 with a per capita income of $16,897. 24.3% of the population and 13.6% of families were below the poverty line. 26% of those under 18 years of age and 11.3% of those over 65 years of age live below the poverty line.

In 2005, of the 31,782 houses in the City of Kalamazoo, 29,411 are occupied. 48% of the occupied houses are owner-occupied households and 52% are renter-occupied residencies. The City has 3,854 rental properties, representing 15,903 units. Currently, 89% of properties are certified and 90% of units are certified. 

Affordable Housing Information

neighb-croppedThe City of Kalamazoo created a ten-point affordable housing strategy, which was adopted by the City Commission in 2005 and is being used as the foundation for a county-wide affordable housing plan. Affordable housing for the homeless population is paramount for the City of Kalamazoo as well as the County. Population projections estimate approximately 29,413 housing units needed in the City to accommodate the anticipated increase.

Builders and apartment community owners have been working to accommodate citizens' affordable housing needs. As a result, communities such as Kalamazoo Village Apartments on Burdick Street (24 units), Ashley Square Apartments on North Street (12 units) and Apple Ridge Apartments on Flower Street (56 units) were built and are 100% occupied. 

Additionally, the Rosewood Development on 12th Street became the first development of its kind in Kalamazoo to offer mixed-use housing to low/moderate income families. This community has 68 affordable apartments and 12 single-family homes constructed for sale.

There are more than 5,000 subsidized housing units available in Kalamazoo County for qualified families. According to Michigan's Housing Development Authority subsidized Housing Inventory, currently, there are approximately 5,889 units in Kalamazoo County. Since 2000, the number of subsidized housing units in the City of Kalamazoo is up from 63% to 68% or approximately 3,985 units. This number includes all government programs such as Section 8, 202, 236, 515, MSHDA and LIHTC.

neighb-crop3The City of Kalamazoo supports organizations in the community that work to house underrepresented populations throughout the City. Organizations such as Residential Opportunities, Inc.,  Housing Resources Inc.  and Kalamazoo Neighborhood Housing Services, Inc. to provide families with pre- and post-purchase housing counseling, financing alternatives, rehabilitation/repair of rental/owner occupied units; as well as, providing leadership in managing rental units.

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The City of Kalamazoo's Website Privacy Policy

In order to ensure the highest level of privacy possible for those who use our website, the City of Kalamazoo has established the following policy regarding information collected on this website:

Information Collected

The City of Kalamazoo collects personal information about you in only the following forms:

  • Online bill payments
  • Online job applications
  • Online bid opportunities/application

The following information is collected and stored automatically from all users accessing the City of Kalamazoo website:

  • The Internet domain and Internet Protocol address from which you access our site;
  • The type of hardware, browser and operating system used to access our site;
  • The date and time you access our site;
  • The number of bytes of data transmitted during your visit;
  • Transaction and routing information to and from your computer;
  • The pages you visit;
  • and If you linked to our website from another website, the address (URL).

Third-Party Distribution

The City of Kalamazoo will not disclose any personal information except when permission has been granted by the individual and/or is required by law.

Data Security

The City of Kalamazoo has physical, electronic and procedural safeguards that comply with federal regulations to protect personal information about you.