Karl Dehn, President & CEO, Battle Creek Unlimited
Karl Dehn serves as the President and CEO of Battle Creek Unlimited, which serves as the economic development organization for Battle Creek, Michigan. Mr. Dehn has served as CEO since January 2009, after serving as the organization’s Marketing Director for 12 years. He came to Battle Creek after leading the City of South Haven, Michigan’s economic development program for five years. Mr. Dehn has extensive experience in business retention and expansion, domestic and international business attraction, tax increment financing, brownfield redevelopment, and community development.
During his work with Battle Creek Unlimited, Karl has led efforts to successfully attract over 35 new companies and over 95 expansion projects. He has secured ten successful economic development grant and loan projects, funded through state and federal sources, totaling over $5.8 million for infrastructure and public facility enhancements necessary to support private development projects.
Mr. Dehn holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with concentrations in Finance and Management from Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he lettered four years in baseball. He is a certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council. He was recognized in 2004 by Business Review as one of West Michigan’s Top Business Leaders Under 40.