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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 investment and 750 new jobs paying an average wage of $17 per hour with benefits.

OFFICERS OF THE BOARD

Erick Stewart, Chair
CEO
Lagniappe Global Commodity Partners, LLC

Nate Darlington, 1st Vice Chair
Director
BTL Aircraft Modifications
Duncan Aviation

John Gallagher, 2nd Vice Chair
President
Gallagher Uniform

Sara Wallace, Treasurer
President & CEO
The Miller Foundation

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

MEMBERS:

Kris Bahner
Senior Vice President of Global Corporate Affairs
Kellogg Company

Rebecca Fleury
City Manager
City of Battle Creek

Stacey Hamlin
President & CEO
MetroNet

Toshiya (Toshi) Kawashima
NA Thermal Business Lead
DENSO Manufacturing Michigan, Inc.

Joe Michilizzi
Assistant Business Manager, United Assoc.
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 333

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

Drew Schweitzer
President, CEO
Schweitzer, Inc.

Jim Sholl
Chairman
Direct Investment Fund Committee

Dr. Paul Watson, II
President
Kellogg Community College

 

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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