Aequitas Mobility Services (AMS) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization established to address and alleviate transportation barriers through on-demand public transportation. AMS works in partnership with businesses, organizations, funders, employers and other public transportation services to achieve our mission of building stronger communities through better mobility solutions. AMS is currently providing services within the greater Battle Creek area — including the City of Battle Creek, City of Springfield and Bedford, Pennfield and Emmett Townships.
Meet the Team
Scott is a lifelong resident of Battle Creek and has eight plus years of experience in managing workforce development and community development programs. This includes serving as Director of the EDGE Program, and as a Program Manager with the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Additionally, he has worked as a community development consultant specializing in transportation and mobility for small-urban and rural communities. Scott has been deeply involved in the Battle Creek Community, including previously serving as a trustee for the Battle Creek Public Schools and currently serving as President of the Battle Creek Public Schools Education Foundation, trustee for the Battle Creek Promise Zone and Battle Creek College Access Network. Scott was recently appointed by the Battle Creek City Commission to serve on the Battle Creek Transit Local Advisory Council and Local Coordinating Committee. He is also a member of the Michigan Public Transit Association.
Board of Directors
Shabaka Gibson joined Battle Creek Unlimited (BCU) in September 2017. He serves as Vice President of Retention, Expansion and Workforce. In this role, Gibson administers BCU’s retention and expansion efforts. Assists businesses within FCIP and Battle Creek with problem resolution. He also leads BCU’s workforce and talent development initiatives such as the BC Vision initiative and the Large Business HR Group. In addition, he represents BCU on various local, regional, and state workforce/talent development initiatives. Gibson assists the President & CEO with administration of the Battle Creek Tax Increment Finance Authority (BCTIFA) and the Battle Creek Brownfield Authority. Gibson serves as a representative of BCU in the community, including sitting on various boards. Gibson works closely with local, regional and state committees and boards including, but not limited to, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Battle Creek Chamber of Commerce, and workforce development boards. Gibson has vast experience in business, policy, and economic development from international business to local municipal government. Gibson graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and the University of Chicago with a Master of Public Policy. Gibson also has an Associates of Arts in Russian Language from the Defense Language Institute and is a former Army Intelligence Officer.
April has worked for the State of Michigan for 5 years. Serving in several positions, most recently in 2015 she was promoted to Success Coach partnering with the Southwest Michigan ERN team. She serves the following companies: Janesville, Denso, Rosler, Take a Break Childcare, Garden of Dreams Preschool, Woodlawn Preschool, Caster Concepts and Melling Aluminum Engineering. At these companies she assists the employee with any barriers that they may have to employment such has daycare, transportation, housing, etc. April works with to find employees resources within the community to overcome these barriers and to make sure they maintain their employment. If these employees have any state assistance, she can help them navigate their DHHS case right on site and take paperwork from them and work on their cases onsite. If these employees are needing assistance through the state she can also help them navigate and apply for assistance. April serves on the board of Aequitas Mobility Services because there is a dire need of 24/7 affordable transportation in Battle Creek and especially in the Fort Custer Area. Most of the companies I partner with are running 2–3 shifts and the buses do not run early or late enough. This has been an ongoing battle for years and employees have lost their jobs over not having access to reliable transportation. April, hopes to bridge this gap by having employers partner with Aequitas. Transportation is the #1 barrier she sees on a daily basis for employees. She is very excited to help assist employers and employees and ensure access to reliable transportation and help those she works with become self-sufficient!
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