2020 Economic Outlook

Join Battle Creek Unlimited and 250 local business and community leaders for the annual 2020 Economic Outlook on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. The 2020 Economic Outlook is one of the most anticipated economic forecast events in our community.

Jim Robey, Director, Regional Economic Planning Services of the W.E. Upjohn Institute, will review regional, state, and national industry trends as they relate to Battle Creek, providing employment projections and an overall economic forecast for our area.

Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited, will provide the community with an overview of BCU’s ongoing economic development projects and initiatives.

Janet Ady, President and CEO of Ady Advantage, is an experienced economic development and business strategy consultant, author, and speaker who focuses on helping both communities and companies meet their growth and diversification goals.

The event will be held at the Kellogg Arena in downtown Battle Creek. Registration and breakfast begins at 7:00 AM; program 7:30-9:00 AM. The event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and seating is limited. To register, visit: https://bit.ly/2SUfPvn.


Downtown Battle Creek offers multiple parking options, including the McCamly Street parking structure.  Please note, parking in the McCamly Street parking structure typically costs approximately $5 for the duration of this event.


For additional information, please contact Paula Young at 269.441.1667 or young@bcunlimitstg.wpengine.com.

Jay Andrew Development Co. awarded $250,000 Real Estate Improvement Fund Grant

January 6, 2020


Battle Creek, Michigan – Jay Andrew Development Co. has been awarded a $250,000 grant from Battle Creek Unlimited, through the downtown Real Estate Improvement Fund, for its plans to rehabilitate 103 W Michigan Ave.

The funds will go toward a phased redevelopment of the property, starting with a full roof repair. Additional plans for the property redevelopment include white-boxing the first floor, which can be configured in a variety of ways to accommodate tenants of different sizes, and residential/office use for the second floor, including some affordable apartments.

The Real Estate Improvement Fund was made possible by a grant from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation aimed at addressing significant hurdles faced by those wanting to invest in downtown by focusing on revitalizing vacant space, improving code compliance, structural and mechanical issues, and other upgrades.

Joe Sobieralski, president and CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited, said, “We are happy to partner with another Real Estate Improvement Fund recipient devoted to improving such a recognizable property in downtown Battle Creek. The first phase will focus on fixing the roof.

“With different square-footage possibilities, facility upgrades to the ground floor will make way for a variety of commercial tenants,” Sobieralski added. “The upstairs housing component is a great fit, too, as more consumers look to live in a downtown, walkable setting.”

Jay Andrew Development Co. is a management and development company based in Battle Creek. It is anticipated the project will begin immediately. Jay Andrew Development’s other recent project includes Lucky Rooster Kitchen and Cocktails.


Established in 1972, Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) is a private, non-profit corporation which serves as the economic development arm for the City of Battle Creek and manages the Fort Custer Industrial Park. The Fort Custer Industrial Park is home to over 80 businesses, including 25 international companies, and employs over 13,000 people. BCU’s mission is to build a strong community by driving strategic investment and job creation.

Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO, Battle Creek Unlimited
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