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Our Mission

Build a strong community by driving strategic investment and job creation

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Our Vision

Engage the community to meet the opportunities and challenges of the future

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Commitment

By July 2023, BCU will generate a quarter of a billion dollars in capital investmetn and 750 new jobs paying an average wage of $17 per hour with benefites.

OFFICERS OF THE BOARD

John Gallagher, Chair
President
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Dave Powell, 1st Vice Chair
Dean
Western Michigan University
College of Aviation

Nate Darlington, 2nd Vice Chair
Director
BTL Aircraft Modifications
Duncan Aviation

Hugh Coward, Treasurer
West Michigan Field Representative
Michigan State Building and Construction Trades
President
West Michigan Construction Alliance

Karen Boyer, Secretary
Retired – VP/General Administration
Denso Manufacturing Michigan, Inc.

MEMBERS:

Kris Bahner
Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs
Kellogg Company

Dr. Adrien Bennings
President
Kellogg Community College

Rebecca Fleury
City Manager
City of Battle Creek

Stacey Hamlin
President & CEO
CTS Telecom, Inc.

Jenefer O'Dell
Program Officer
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Drew Schweitzer
President, CEO
Schweitzer, Inc.

Jim Sholl
Chairman
Direct Investment Fund Committee

Andris Staltmanis
TAC Business Leader
Thermal Systems North America Center
Denso Manufacturing Michigan, Inc.

Erick Stewart
CEO/President
STEWART Industries, LLC

Sara Wallace
President & CEO
The Miller Foundation

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS:

Joe Sobieralski
President & CEO
Battle Creek Unlimited, Inc.

Mark A. Behnke
Mayor
City of Battle Creek
Albert Bobrofsky
Former Chairman
Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority

Joe Schwarz, M.D.
Retired Congressman

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