Community Forum to Showcase Public Input and Progress of Battle Creek Downtown Transformation

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Battle Creek citizens are invited to a public forum on the progress of the city's downtown transformation a year after the launch of the project. The event, designed to gain input for economic development, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Branson Ballroom at McCamly Plaza Hotel on 50 Capital Avenue Southwest.

Battle Creek citizens are invited to a public forum on the progress of the city's downtown transformation a year after the launch of the project. The event, designed to gain input for economic development, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 p.m. in Branson Ballroom at McCamly Plaza Hotel on 50 Capital Avenue Southwest.

Citizen input will help planners take the next steps of improving the downtown's infrastructure, including building development, streetscapes, a community events plaza and a welcoming gateway to the city. The forum also will give participants a first look at the children art medallions that will be installed on the gateway to downtown Battle Creek.

The public will get updates on the transformation and hear how the city's emerging food protection industry is driving an urgent need for downtown improvements. Speakers include representatives from Battle Creek Unlimited, Kerri Bennett with Beta Design and Stephen Benoit, president and Chief Operating Officer of the National Center for Food Protection and founding member of the board of directors of the International Food Protection Training Institute.

Battle Creek Unlimited and community stakeholders announced the ambitious $85 million transformation plan in November 2008 to leverage current and future investments in food science, education and city infrastructure. Battle Creek's downtown transformation includes four strategic and comprehensive pillars: food protection, Kellogg, education and infrastructure.

Last month, Business Review West Michigan named the city's downtown transformation initiative as the "2009 Deal of the Year" in the category of development and construction.

This community forum is one of many meetings to inform the public and gather input. Last month, the community focused on the Battle Creek Area Math and Science Center during public forum on the Center's potential downtown relocation. That meeting will be replayed to the public on Battle Creek's AccessVision (channel 17) at the following times: November 3 at 1 p.m. and 9 p.m., November 11 at 4 p.m., and November 12 at 9 p.m.

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 Battle Creek economy. The organization encourages business formation and investment in technology, coupled with a continuing supply of real estate and infrastructure to support technology workplaces. For more information, visit http://www.bcunlimited.org/transformation.

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