Battle Creek to become first Beacon Community 

Grassroots and community leaders are working together with The Harwood Institute and United Way of Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region to launch Battle Creek as the first Beacon Community in the nation. Funded with $1.4 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the goal of this three-year initiative is to bring together individuals and organizations within Battle Creek to apply the Harwood approach on common issues the community cares about – issues like jobs and people living in poverty, public safety and success in school. The community will serve as a beacon across the nation to demonstrate how people can get things done together on issues that matter.

The launch of the first Beacon Community is next week, March 5-7. Community leaders in Battle Creek will gather at the McCamly Plaza Hotel for the Harwood Public Innovators Lab co-hosted by The Harwood Institute and the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region. This three-day immersion in the core elements of the Harwood practice is the first step towards providing the attending leaders with the tools and approach for moving the Battle Creek community forward over the next three years.

Participants include leaders from United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region, Kellogg Community College, Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Battle Creek, BC Pulse, Project 20/20 and a wide range of organizations from the area.

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