What We Do
We’re economic developers – but we do a lot of other stuff too!
Southwest Michigan First is all about jobs. We believe the greatest force for change is a job and we wake up every day to help companies create jobs in Southwest Michigan.
We’re passionate about growing emerging and existing leaders to ensure we have a bright future as a region. To develop leaders, we host a variety of leadership programs and events throughout the year and we’d love to have you participate in your leadership growth with us!
“FIRST & 42: the Kalamazoo Region’s Digital Daily” is a regional, digital publication communicating the distinctive brand that is Southwest Michigan.bDelivered to subscriber’s inboxes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, its content is fun, free, and real (definitely not fake) news put together by the communications team at Southwest Michigan First.
Talent is the most important asset to any region or organization. Internships not only provide our region’s college students with opportunities to advance their education, but they help our regional employers find the right talent too! We’ve developed a website that has become the place for students and employers to connect in Southwest Michigan.
Bridging the gap between leading economic developers and site location consultants, our sister company Consultant Connect gives our national economic development clients an inside look into the world of site selection and the opportunity to build lasting relationships. We also offer private consulting to companies looking for assistance with leadership, culture, engagement and more.
Our ceo, Ron Kitchens, shares weekly blog and podcast leadership insights designed to help you become the leader you dream to be. You can subscribe to receive these thought leadership resources free to your inbox each week.