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Change Ups: Humphries joins Compliance One Group

May 8, 2015
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Joe Humphries

Compliance One Group of Kalamazoo expanded its team with the addition of Joe Humphries, project manager. Humphries will manage projects related to emergency management, safety, security, barrier management, and fire and life safety testing, inspection and maintenance. For the past 16 years, Humphries was a supervisor for the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety. Compliance One works with hospital facility managers to identify deficiencies and then provide sustainable solutions to the needs of the health care physical environment.


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Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts announced its theme for ArtPrize 2015 is “Sense,” which will showcase five site-responsive projects in five locations in UICA’s exhibition spaces.

West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology was named a 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award finalist by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.


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