Southwest Michigan First is an organization of privately funded economic development advisors who act as the catalyst for economic growth in Southwest Michigan. Founded in 1999 on the principle that the most powerful force for change is a job, the organization works to create jobs across all industries throughout the seven counties that make up the Southwest Michigan Region.
Southwest Michigan First’s unique model of philanthropy and capitalism is internationally recognized from Melbourne to Vancouver for its innovation in economic development. Looking to expand, locate or start something new? Our team and services are focused on connecting community capital to respond to our customers’ needs, wants and desires to generate meaningful results.
Community driven, Southwest Michigan First is committed to company growth, government and education alignment, acceleration of its vibrant core communities, talent development and communication of its regional advantages.