The Kalamazoo region has become a leader in biomedical/life science and medical development. Investments by Bronson Hospital, Pfizer and MPI over the past few years, along with future commitments will offer long term benefit to downtown. Facility expansion and job creation announced recently makes this area a new center for growth. This development will require new housing and support services to attract top professionals to work in these science-related businesses. The concept of creating a “village” atmosphere could draw the desired young professionals seeking an urban lifestyle. Establishing state of the art research labs for the graduation of biomedical start-ups from the Southwest Michigan Innovation Center would be a goal of the village plan.