In his latest update on current economic development efforts he oversees, Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO at Battle Creek Unlimited, tells 95.3 WBCK interest has already been stirred.

Not ready to name names since there are no new deals, as yet, Sobieralski continued the optimism local economic development leaders have been sharing for several months: 2017 will be a year of new jobs announcements for Battle Creek and Calhoun County.

Sobieralski said a firm deciding to locate at the Fort Custer Industrial Park this week could be open and operating by "September, October-ish," he said. Readying the lots with earth moving and some infrastructure can shave as much as a year or more off the time it takes a firm to be up and running at the park.

City of Battle Creek officials have echoed similar sentiments as a corner seems to be on the way to being turned with the Heritage Tower development downtown, along with other projects.

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