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Southwest Michigan First is an organization of privately funded economic development advisors who act as the catalyst for economic success in Southwest Michigan. Founded in 1999 on the principle that the most powerful force for change is a well-paying job, the organization works across all industries throughout the seven counties making 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? Southwest Michigan First’s people and services are focused on connecting community capital to respond to its 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.

To learn more about what we can do for you, please contact us at 269.553.9588.

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Are you the type of person who thrives being part of a high-performing team? Do you envision owning a role in which you make positive change happen in the lives of others? Would you like to smile contagiously throughout your day? If so, then the team at Southwest Michigan First eagerly asks for an introduction to you!

Southwest Michigan First excels because we seek out and celebrate diversity in every role we fill. We’re looking for smart and humble people who are eager to learn and lead. Southwest Michigan First is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and an affirmative action employer.

To learn more about current openings at our organization, go to Indeed.com and search “Southwest Michigan First” in “Kalamazoo, MI.” Current postings include:

Recognition

Southwest Michigan First has received international recognition for its work as an economic catalyst.

Outisde's Best Places to Work 2017
West Michigan's Best and Brightest 2017
Best and Brightest Wellness 2017
Great Place to Work 2017
ABA16 Gold V
Nationals Best and Brightest 2016
Fastcompany
Corenetglobal
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Southwest Michigan First

map-icon241 East Michigan Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
269.553.9588

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