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Planned construction projects are noted below on the interactive map. Clicking on a segment of roadway under construction or project icon will provide additional details about the project. You can toggle various layers on the map by clicking the icon in the top left corner of the map frame. Active projects are orange and planned projects are blue. This map may not include unplanned infrastructure work that or other utility work that is short in duration. Target dates indicated below are dependent on several factors including weather and emergency work. Actual project start and complection dates may vary based on these factors.  pdf A list of projects in PDF format is available here (72 KB)


For updates on construction projects in the City of Kalamazoo, please follow the City of Kalamazoo on Facebook or Twitter

Below is the list of candidates who have successfully filed to appear on the November 5th ballot for the offices of Mayor and City Commissioner (Candidates are listed in the order of filing). Candidates may request information from the CIty Manager while running office. Documents that have been requested by and provided to any candidate are available by following the link below. 

2019 Candidate Requested Documents



  1. Corey Smith
  2. David Anderson
  3. David Benac
  4. Esteven Juarez

City Commission

  1. Pete Kushner
  2. Patrese Griffin
  3. Andrew Argo
  4. Jacob Andrews
  5. Jeanne Hess
  6. Emily Demorest
  7. Chris J. Praedel
  8. Benjamin Hayden Stanley


Below is the list of candidates who have successfully filled a Write-In Candidate Declaration of Intent form for the offices of Mayor and City Commissioner for the November 5th election.  The filing deadline for write-in candidates is Friday, October 25, 2019 at 4:00pm.  

(Candidates are listed in the order of filing.)


City Commission






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Imagine a vibrant, prosperous, and equitable city, where people want to live, work, and raise families. Imagine being a more beautiful and livable city each year, more innovative and connected. Imagine having more jobs and less poverty, and providing young people with the jump-starts they need in life.

The Mission of the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence is to support the goals of the City of Kalamazoo, fund aspirational investments in the city, and empower Kalamazoo residents to achieve the lives they want for themselves and their families.

Structural budget challenges have for many years impeded the City’s effort to make its vision a reality. The Foundation For Excellence is a unique innovation by the City of Kalamazoo and private donors to address systemic challenges to the prosperity of the city. The Foundation will provide $70.3 million to stabilize the city’s budget, lower its property tax rate, and for $10 million of aspirational community projects per year through 2019. During this period, a community fundraising effort will be launched to create a fully endowed foundation that can sustain this funding in perpetuity.

Make a donation to the Kalamazoo Foundation for Excellence Foundation for Excellence Document Library

Please note that because the Foundation for Excellence is incorporated as a supporting organization to the City of Kalamazoo, IRA rollover contributions can be accepted but will not be tax deductible

The Foundation’s financial model is being structured in such a way as to do the most good with the most efficient use of resources possible. The Foundation will work to establish strategic partnerships with organizations whose mission and work aligns with the goals and objectives of the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan, the Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo plan, and the City of Kalamazoo. These plans are built around the City’s deep investment in broad community involvement and collaboration. Each reflects a pathway to improve life for all residents of Kalamazoo. 

A 2016 survey of Kalamazoo residents revealed that 80% of respondents were supportive of the Foundation for Excellence proposal, with consistent support across all demographics. You can read about projects and programs that the FFE supports in the annual newsletter below.

Latest News

  • Youth Mobility Fund Passes Issued to KPS High School Students

    With the issuance of Youth Mobility Fund passes underway, high school students in Kalamazoo Public Schools can now access afterschool programs, practices, rehearsal, and other activities for free via Metro. The Youth Mobility Passes offer free and unlimited transportation for KPS high school students on Metro upon issuance through September 1, 2020. To ride the bus, students simply need to present their school-issued student ID and the Youth Mobility Pass, which are issued together in a plastic case. This is the first year of the program, which is funded by the Foundation for Excellence and a partnership between the City Read More
  • Foundation for Excellence Approves 2019 Meeting Schedule

    The Foundation for Excellence has adopted its regular schedule of meetings for 2019. You can find the complete schedule here. Additional information on the Foundation for Excellence can be found at  Read More
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Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo (SPK) is a bold and ambitious plan to transform our community into a place where every adult and every child thrives and prospers. Our vision is of a community where no adult and no child is isolated or left behind due to poverty and/or inequality of opportunity. This vision is not limited to only growing financial assets, but all assets. Everyone has assets. Everyone has qualities that are valuable and useful to our community. It is important that all people are given opportunities to grow whatever assets they possess and gain whatever assets they need to be successful. Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo is a campaign to transform the culture of the city so that it truly becomes the City of Promise for everyone. Its fundamental purpose is to create more broadly shared prosperity and eliminate generational poverty in Kalamazoo.

What is Poverty? Why should I care about poverty in my community?  pdf Find answers to these and other fequently asked questions here. (148 KB)

You can learn more by reviewing the pdf Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo Action Plan (2.44 MB) , and help raise awareness about SPK and this important work by sharing the  pdf SPK Pamphlet (212 KB) with your network.  

Other Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo documents are available folder here .

Organizing Committee

The activities of Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo are guided by a steering committee consisting of:

    • Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell
    • City Commissioner Don Cooney
    • Dr. Timothy Ready, Western Michigan University Lewis Walker Institute
    • Ben Damerow, Michigan Works! Southwest
    • Matt Lynn, United Way of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Region
    • Patrese Griffin, Northside Neighborhood Representative
    • Brenda Hughes, Eastside Neighborhood Representative
    • Cyekeia Lee, The Kalamazoo Promise
    • Sholanna Lewis, Kalamazoo Community Foundation
    • Carol McGlinn, Kalamazoo Public School Board
    • Kym Hollars, Goodwill Industries, Edison Neighborhood Representative


If you have a question, comment, or suggestion for Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo, please let us know. You can reach the Shared Prosperity Coordinater at (269) 337-8322 or by completing the form below. 


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