Battle Creek Unlimited and Project 20/20 Announce Agenda for November 10th Community Forum on Downtown Transformation

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Guest speakers and discussion groups aim to gain input and build support for Battle Creek's Downtown Revitalization Project.

Battle Creek Unlimited and Project 20/20 today are announcing the agenda and activities for the Community Forum on the Downtown Battle Creek Transformation. The community will receive a two year update on the Plan. Following the update, Project 20/20 will facilitate discussion groups to gain input and a deeper understanding of the Transformation’s next steps.

The event takes place on Wednesday, November 10 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Burnham Brook, 200 W. Michigan Avenue in downtown Battle Creek. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. to the public. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early to view displays and enjoy refreshments. For space and food considerations, attendees must register at

The speakers will each provide an update on the Transformation’s four strategic pillars, including the rise of the area’s food science industry, Kellogg’s commitment to Battle Creek, integrated education and implementation of a strong downtown infrastructure.

  •     Battle Creek Unlimited representatives Karl Dehn and Jim Hettinger will provide an overall look at the Downtown Transformation's progress at the two year mark.
  •     Tim Knowlton, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility of The Kellogg Company, will provide an update on Kellogg's investment into Battle Creek and its newly expanded downtown campus.
  •     Stephen Benoit, board member for the Global Food Protection Institute (GFPI) and International Food Protection Training Institute (IFPTI), will address the success of the growing food science and protection industry based in downtown Battle Creek.
  •     Susan Buckham of Covance will provide a look at the new facility and its goals for industry leadership and regional jobs.
  •     Battle Creek Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Linda Hicks will give an update on the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center and the importance of STEM education.

During the second half of the forum, Transformation stakeholders aim to gain input from forum attendees. Project 20/20 representatives will facilitate small discussion groups to gain ideas, feedback and understanding about the next steps of the five-year Downtown Transformation plan.

In November 2008, Battle Creek Unlimited and private investors announced an $85 million project to revitalize downtown and establish Battle Creek as a national leader in food science. The ambitious plan leverages current and future investments in food science, Kellogg Company, education and infrastructure. These four pillars are strategically planned to support and complement each other.

About Battle Creek Unlimited
Battle Creek Unlimited is the economic development organization that works with the City of Battle Creek to transform and diversify the area’s economy. The organization encourages business formation and investment in technology, coupled with a continuing supply of real estate and infrastructure to support high-tech workplaces. For more information, visit

About Project 20/20
Project 20/20 is a "convening" project, focused on facilitating connections between groups and individuals working to improve the Battle Creek Area. Project 20/20 advocates for boundary spanning, collective action by championing ideas and initiatives that move the Battle Creek Area toward excellence. It provides a platform for understanding initiatives and fostering progressive thinking so the community is able to create solutions and identify steps to make a real difference in our community, which makes Battle Creek an even better place to live, work and invest in. For more information, visit


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