A more prosperous future for all is within reach

We see a clear path to a more prosperous future for everyone who calls our region home. The path begins with meaningful job creation; it leads to flourishing communities, thriving industries, improved quality of life, and enhanced prosperity and opportunity for all.

Our guiding motto is the greatest force for change is a job and has been since our founding in 1999.

Southwest Michigan First is an organization of privately funded community and economic development advisors with a passion for helping businesses succeed. Because when businesses thrive, families and communities do too. When that happens, opportunities are plentiful and everyone wins.

But we can’t do it alone. That’s why we’re grateful for our Board of Directors and Council of 100 contributors, along with other valued partners throughout our region. Together, we’re working to make our community better for everyone, both now and in the future.