Economic Development

Different development projects demand different approaches, from rehabilitating single-family homes or expanding a small-business to launching the next hot start-up. What all projects share is a need for customized guidance to grow your dream into reality. The City of Kalamazoo has a dedicated team that makes the development process easier, faster, and more equitable in Kalamazoo. Wherever you are in the process, our team is here to help you navigate all aspects of development, things like permitting, site selection, site plan review, and financial incentives. All you need to do to get started is email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

Kalamazoo's Brownfield Redevelopment Authority was established to promote the revitalization of environmentally distressed, contaminated or blighted areas of the City of Kalamazoo. The BRA develops and implements a plan to use tax increment financing to ameliorate environmental contamination on development sites. It also owns properties in the city that are available for redevelopment (you can find a list of property ownd by the BRA by seaching for the owner "brownfield" in the City's GIS system).

Privately-owned sites may qualify as brownfields under Act 381 and be eligible for incentives if the site you are interested in is environmentally contaminated, blighted, or considered functionally obsolete. To qualify for incentives as a brownfield, projects must either generate property tax revenue when redeveloped or provide new job opportunities and/or a needed neighborhood or community service. 

Brownfield Plan
Brownfield Plan Application

City staff and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority board will evaluate each project/property before making a recommendation to the City Commission regarding inclusion/categorization of a privately-owned property in the Brownfield Plan. Once the site is entered into the Brownfield Plan, City staff will negotiate terms with the proposed developer and complete a redevelopment agreement. Terms and agreement are subject to Board approval. 

The City of Kalamazoo's Economic Development team is happy to guide you through the brownfield redevelopment process. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn if brownfield redevelopment is right for your project.

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Business Assistance

If you need help writing a business plan, selecting or acquiring a site, planning, obtaining permits, or securing incentives, the City of Kalamazoo is happy to be your first phone call. Members of the City's development team are available to meet with potential developers, business owners, or entrepreneurs every Wednesday morning to review plans, discuss permitting or zoning requirements, or answer any questions that you might have. You can meet with the team as many times as you like at no cost to help you make informed decisions at every step of the process.


Business Development Fund

Funding opportunities are also available through the City's Business Development Fund. With support from the Foundation for Excellence, the Business Development Fund offers funding and financing options to local entrepreneurs and neighborhood businesses with 20 or fewer employees. Grants up to $2,500, loans up to $35,000 and gap financing up to $25,000 are all available through the Business Development Fund when more traditional financing is unavailable.  A number of other economic incentives are available from governmental and private organizations. Kalamazoo's development team can help identify what programs are available for your project. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about what options are available and how to apply. 

 

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 (269) 337-8047
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     Kalamazoo, MI 49007

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