BCVision is a community-driven movement for change in Battle Creek, Michigan, focused on creating a place where we can all live, work and play. Our goal is to create a thriving community where there is equitable opportunity for residents to have the income, education and resources they need to be successful.
Our Guiding principles
All of BCVision’s work is guided by our guiding principles. They ensure that everything we do helps us impact the three pillars of our organization. These principles are:
- Transform our community: Commit to community change for the benefit of all with an emphasis on equity.
- Plan and work together: Involve key stakeholders across sectors; value and leverage community assets.
- Engage all community members as genuine partners.
- Use shared data to set the agenda and improve over time.
- Champion the cause: Be an ambassador for community change.
Our three pillars
BCVision is made up of Battle Creek residents and individuals from every sector, including public, private, academic, and nonprofit. We are also comprised of people from neighborhoods across Battle Creek.
Our work is guided by our Steering Committee and action teams that represent our three pillars. These pillars are:
Culture of vitality
Our goal is to create a culture of vitality that supports job growth and talent development by positioning Battle Creek as a place where people choose to live, work, and play.
Our goals are to increase the number of permanent jobs and provide job training to ensure all Battle Creek residents are prepared for work.
Our goals are to improve kindergarten readiness and increase college and career readiness for all students.
Our Steering Committee is a cross-sector group composed of organizational leaders, frontline staff, and Battle Creek residents who provide strategic direction, align their own work, and champion the initiative externally.
This purpose of the Steering Committee of BCVision is to support the community by:
Developing a structure for all community members to have an equitable opportunity to be engaged in this work
Current Steering Committee members include:
B.D. Alexander, Urban Entrepreneur at 1 Exit Only
Ben Damerow, Director at Upjohn Institute/Michigan Works
Chris Sargent, Director at United Way of Battle Creek & Kalamazoo Region
David Kemp, Young Professional
Dean Newsome, Community Member
Ivan Lee, Pastor and Founder of New Harvest Christian Center
Jorge Zeballos, Executive Director at the Center for Diversity & Innovation
Kara Beer, President at the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce
Karissa Lee, Young Professional
Kimberly Carter, Superintendent at Battle Creek Public Schools
Kyra Wallace, President and CEO at the Southwestern Michigan Urban League of Battle Creek
LA June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO at W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Lester Johnson, Social Entrepreneur
Mark O’Connell, President at Kellogg Community College
Rebecca Fleury, City Manager at the City of Battle Creek
Susan Clark, Director of Early Childhood Services at Great Start Collaborative of Calhoun County
Stacey Flathau, Senior Director of Corporate Communications at the Kellogg Company
Core Support Organization
The Core Support team serves as a backbone for the organization. This organization provides assistance with direction, management, coordination, and oversight of BCVision, especially relating to supporting the infrastructure of the movement.
The Battle Creek Community Foundation’s Community Initiatives Offices currently serves as the Core Support Organization.
The BCVision Steering Committee and Action teams continue to engage residents and local partners to help us implement this community-created vision. Together, we can create a vibrant and equitable Battle Creek.