Yesterday's Wall Street Journal's special report on economic development featured seven communities that have success stories in that arena. One of them was Kalamazoo, which is leveraging the "Kalamazoo Promise" scholarships to grow a labor force that will attract business.
It always seems nice when local entities make national press. But, you also have to wonder if this will improve the image of Kalamazoo and West Michigan or hurt it. For example, the whole reason Kazoo gets mentioned is because, according to the article, it is in Michigan, which led the nation in unemployment and other dismal statistics last year.
Nevertheless, kudos go to the community, Southwest Michigan First, Pfizer and others for showcasing resolve and positive thinking instead of despair.