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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.

Southwest Michigan First provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Southwest Michigan First complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

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


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

Outisde's Best Places to Work 2019
National Best and Brightest 2020
West Michigan's Best and Brightest 2020
National Best and Brightest in Wellness 2020
Michigan's Best and Brightest in Wellness 2020
Site Selection Deal Maker
Great Place to Work 2017
ABA16 Gold V

Southwest Michigan First

map-icon2700 Stadium Drive
Kalamazoo, MI 49008