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Official says Southwest Michigan can learn lessons from Detroit's bankruptcy

Detroit's emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr talks to members of the media outside the Detroit Newspapers building in Detroit, Michigan M
Detroit's emergency financial manager Kevyn Orr talks to members of the media outside the Detroit Newspapers building in Detroit, Michigan M

KALAMAZOO, MI (WTVB) - It may be Detroit’s financial mess with Thursday’s bankruptcy declaration, but it’s a public relations problem for the rest of the state. Ron Kitchens, the President of Southwest Michigan First says it’s time for him to get to work to do his research and get out the facts that our area is not Detroit. He says it’s also a lesson learned on just how important it is that local governments are stable.

At a conference on that issue yesterday in Kalamazoo, local leaders concluded they had to work harder to consolidate services and find new revenue sources to prevent what is happening in Detroit from happening in their towns.   

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