A great place to live and do business

Southwest Michigan is not only a great place to live; it’s a great place to do business.

With a strong and diverse economy, talented workforce, and one of the lowest cost origins in the Midwest, the competitive advantages our region offers is impressive.

Located halfway between Chicago and Detroit and close to major markets, it’s easy to see why more than 20 Fortune 1000 companies like Stryker, Pfizer, Whirlpool, American Axle, and Kellogg Company have chosen Southwest Michigan to build for the future. With a pro-business environment, affordable wage rates, and strong infrastructure, Southwest Michigan has much to offer that other regions don’t.

Plus, with the nation’s second lowest cost of living and lots of arts, entertainment, and recreation options to choose from, Southwest Michigan is a place where talented people want to live, work, play — and stay.

Let our team help make your project as competitive as possible. We will work with local partners and municipalities, leverage incentive dollars and tax abatements, and optimize your workforce to set your business up for success.

We invite you to experience all that Southwest Michigan has to offer. Contact our investment team at 269.553.9588 and get started today.
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Population in
Southwest Michigan
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Nationally Ranked Places to Live
Top 75
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Fortune 1000 Companies
Headquartered or Physically Present
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Industrial Design
State for Highest Concentration
of Industrial Designers
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Colleges & Universities
Throughout Our
Seven-County Region
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People in
the Labor Force
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Average Commute Time
20 Min
2nd fastest among MSAs with 250k+ people
and pay an average wage of $55k+
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Cost of Living
Lowest Cost of Living
in the U.S.
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Of Population Age 25+ With an
associate degree or higher