• Inner Top Sky

About Us

We are catalysts and ready to start a chain reaction.

The Southwest Michigan First team is passionate about creating jobs and growing a strong economy in Southwest Michigan. We’re economic developers, problem solvers, change agents, people connectors, business advocates and leadership developers.

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 with the mission that the greatest force for change is a job, our team members work across all industries throughout the seven counties of the Southwest Michigan region. Community-driven, Southwest Michigan First is dedicated to economic growth, government and education alignment, acceleration of its vibrant core communities, talent development and communication of our region’s advantages.

We’ve been around since 1999 in pursuit of our mission—the greatest force for change is a job. Every day poses a new challenge for our customers and clients, and we know it’s important that what we do now matters most. We will work tirelessly to go above your expectations in delivery of a variety of services that run the gamut from traditional economic development projects to inspirational leadership development training. We are here for you.