Economic and Business Development
The Kalamazoo Valley Groves Center is home to the staff, services and facilities poised to support business and industry through economic development and business support services. Our core mission is focused on meaningful contributions toward efforts which work to assure a skilled workforce - today and in the future.
Staff works closely with business to ensure that our services align with the needs of the region. Business and community leaders turn to the Groves Center to convene networking opportunities for feedback on ideas and opportunities. Our reputation for action makes the Groves Center the first place to call when trends are first noticed or a sounding board will help an idea to take shape. For example, when a large employer closed its R & D operations, the Groves Center offered a local Entrepreneur Boot Camp and developed a Business Incubator to facilitate start-up companies. The Groves Center also built its own chemical assay business in order to support local pharmaceutical startups.
The Groves Center's unique location was selected so the Kalamazoo Valley could help support the region's economic development effort. You'll find us in The Groves - a 248-acre Business, Education, and Technology Park, owned by Kalamazoo Valley Community College. Originally opened as one of 18 M-TEC℠ facilities across the state, it was financed by a $5 million grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and with $6 million in matching funds from the local community. The 70,000 square foot facility is the result of a collaborative effort by the college and its area business, industry and foundation partners. The convenient access near I-94 and US 131 makes it an attractive venue for local and regional events.
Our mission for Economic and Business Development is fulfilled through workforce training, corporate training services and by offering the facility for business meeting and events.