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Citizen Coalitions

Engaging community stakeholders to guide investments, programs and services is critical to our success as an organization and as a Downtown. We believe direct input from diverse voices, backgrounds and expertise leads to better organizational outcomes and stronger impact across our Downtown.

In order to better achieve our goal of robust community engagement, the Kalamazoo Downtown Partnership invites community members to apply to participate in our four Citizen Coalitions, which are focused on four key areas of impact Downtown: People, Place, Experience and Growth.

Coalition members work collaboratively to set goals and priorities for the work our organization does in each area of impact, offering ideas to enhance ongoing initiatives and brainstorming innovative ways to approach Downtown challenges. Each Coalition meets six times annually (every other month). Below is a description of the focus area of each Coalition.

This year, we have a handful of openings on each Coalition available to new applicants. We hope you will consider applying! Apply HERE!


The Coalition for People will work to strengthen links with local organizations and engage the diverse Downtown populations. Members will focus on achievement of inclusive growth and engagement, soliciting feedback from local stakeholders and identifying how initiatives can better serve the Downtown community.


The Coalition for Place will work to plan and implement and inviting environment Downtown. Members will help identify and prioritize key public infrastructure investments, including connectivity and mobility improvements, sidewalks, street furniture, lighting and wayfinding.


The Coalition for Experience will work to curate an engaging Downtown culture. Members will generate ideas for events, programs, and public art to bring people Downtown, and make creative suggestions to market and promote the Downtown and its businesses.


The Coalition for Growth will focus on driving entrepreneurship and investment Downtown. Members will guide efforts to support existing businesses Downtown, attract new businesses, provide support to start-ups determine incentives for Downtown businesses and work collaboratively with the community’s anchor institutions.