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Kalamazoo to spend $10M to break poverty cycle, uplift youth

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Kalamazoo is setting aside $10 million from local donations for aspirational, community-building projects mostly centered on addressing the cycle of poverty and uplifting youth in the city. Urban designers, city staff and organizations throughout Kalamazoo will be answering community questions and accepting residents' feedback Tuesday on the city's master plan, Imagine Kalamazoo 2025. 

A work session held Monday focused on Imagine Kalamazoo as well as creating neighborhood outreach and shared prosperity. It also focused on how years of work from different ongoing processes will help the City Commission choose projects to be funded through a future foundation.

City commissioners have voted to make three summer youth programs the first to receive money from the $10 million.

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