Name: Jamie McCarthy
Title: Development Project Coordinator
Department: Community Planning & Economic Development
I moved to Kalamazoo 12 years ago for a job and to be closer to family.
I love that people in Kalamazoo are open to try new things, especially big, bold things! Since moving here I’ve watched Kalamazoo embrace one bold idea after another.
When I moved to Kalamazoo in 2007 I bought a charming house in Milwood. Now I live in a quaint fixer-upper in Portage.
I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a master’s degree in Natural Resource Management. In the past I worked in the private sector and for a local not-for-profit organization doing watershed planning and project management.
I’m working on projects related to our goal of Environmental Responsibility. This includes things like a Natural Features Protection Overlay, the Sustainability Plan, and projects with the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority aimed at cleaning up contamination and getting properties back to active use.
Hiking and biking
A turtle. Once I pick a direction, I’m steadfast in meeting my goals. When things get hectic I’m likely to retreat into my shell. And I definitely believe in the old adage that slow and steady wins the race!
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