The Complete Package


Not only does the diversity of the Southwest Michigan First’s Board composition allow for high-level thinking, dreaming, and conversation among our leadership, but it shows existing companies, potential companies, and our partners at all levels that this community is serious about creating jobs. Throughout the year, Board members meet regularly to weigh in on the organization’s strategic direction; provide oversight on the work of the team; act as a resource for attraction, expansion and retention projects; and help move community and public policy initiatives forward.

Companies led by the directors of Southwest Michigan First are responsible for 34,553 regional workers, employ a global workforce of 367,898 and generate over an estimated $4.62 billion in annual local salaries earned in the seven counties of Southwest Michigan.