Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Wins Daniel Burnham Award from the Michigan Association of Planning


The Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Master Plan will be awarded the Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan by the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP/APA Michigan) at its annual conference, Planning Michigan, on September 20 at the Amway Grand Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Daniel Burnham Award for a Comprehensive Plan is presented annually to plans that advance the art and science of planning. The award is named for Daniel Burnham, one of the nation’s most renowned urban planners. 

“Imagine Kalamazoo truly was all about our community, and we are incredibly grateful to all of the community members that took time from their already busy lives to share their ideas,” said Rebekah Kik, Community Planning & Economic Development Director for the City of Kalamazoo. “The Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 plan is these ideas.”

The Michigan Association of Planning jury noted that the community support for Imagine Kalamazoo is evident; commenting that “the ability to move right into implementation provides proof that this plan is supported by the community and its leaders.”

In addition to the Daniel Burnham Award, the Imagine Kalamazoo planning effort and project leadership will be recognized with two additional awards. A partnership with students from Michigan State University’s Planning Practicum Class will be recognized with the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Project Award. Starting in January 2018, these students have helped to craft a neighborhood plan for Kalamazoo’s Vine Neighborhood by providing high quality analysis of neighborhood issues and creating comprehensive goals for the neighborhood. Kalamazoo City Planner Christina Anderson will be recognized with the Leadership Award for a Professional Planner. Christina served as a consultant to the Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 planning effort before being named City Planner in 2017.

About Imagine Kalamazoo 2025

Over a 16 month period from 2015-2017, City staff led a collaborative process to identify Kalamazoo’s community priorities and create a new Strategic Vision and Master Plan. Throughout the process there were more than 4,000 points of contact total including “Meeting on the Go” participants, survey respondents, online engagements, living wall and graffiti wall comments, and community meeting participants.

The resulting Imagine Kalamazoo 2025 Strategic Vision and Master Plan were approved by the City Commission in 2017, and will guide all future plans and decisions for the City for the next 10 years. The IK2025 Master Plan imagines a future for Kalamazoo where diversity is embraced, everyone has the opportunity to prosper, residents can easily and safely move through the City, and the quality of life is enhanced for all.


2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Submission Announcement


The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Office will be submitting a joint application for the 2018 Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG). The local solicitation in the amount of $92,200 will be used in support of law enforcement equipment for local law enforcement personnel. The goal of these programs and initiatives is to improve and enhance the criminal justice system in the City of Kalamazoo and Kalamazoo County.

The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (42 U.S.C. 3751(a)) is the primary provider of federal criminal justice funding to state and local jurisdictions. JAG funds support all components of the criminal justice system, from multijurisdictional drug and gang task forces to crime prevention and domestic violence programs, courts, corrections, treatment, and justice information sharing initiatives.

The City of Kalamazoo and County of Kalamazoo invite the public to comment on the 2018 JAG application. A copy of the application is available for review at Kalamazoo Public Safety, located at 150 E. Crosstown Pkwy, Suite A, Kalamazoo, Michigan. This draft document will be available through September 2, 2018. For further information, please call (269) 337-8123. Comments concerning the JAG application may be addressed to:

Ryan Tibbets
Assistant Chief – Fire Administration/Finance
Kalamazoo Public Safety
150 E. Crosstown Pkwy, Suite A
Kalamazoo, MI 49001


National Night Out Against Crime to be Held on Tuesday, August 7

On Tuesday, August 7, citizens throughout Kalamazoo are invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for National Night Out 2018: America’s Night Out Against Crime.  

This year celebrates the 35th Annual National Night Out event. On this occasion, residents in neighborhoods throughout Kalamazoo and across the nation are asked to promote police-community partnerships, violence prevention, and neighborhood unity.

Many neighborhoods will be hosting a variety of special events such as block parties, cookouts, and youth activities. National Night Out is an enjoyable way to promote neighborhood spirit. Please join us as we invite citizens to celebrate with us and their fellow neighbors.

Events in the City of Kalamazoo will be hosted by the following neighborhoods:


814 S Westnedge (Vine Association)



612 N Park (NACD Building)



Westmain / Elm (Park)



300 Wallace (Sherwood Park)



816 Washington (Edison Association)



932 Boswell (Arcadia Elementary)


Parkview Hills

3307 Greenleaf Cir. (Clubhouse)



1815 Winton (Greenwood Church)


West Main Hill

1650 Henderson Ct. (Henderson Park)


Douglas Neighborhood

1307 Alamo



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