Southwest Michigan First to host Populus, a one-day event for community change-makers to get stuff done

Published on March 31, 2015
KALAMAZOO, MI – Southwest Michigan First will host its second annual Populus conference on May 1, 2015 in downtown Kalamazoo. Populus 2015 is a one-day event designed to foster collaboration and spur real change in the community as thought leaders, policy makers and engaged citizens work together to solve some of Southwest Michigan’s most critical issues.

Katie Perry and Tim Terrentine Named Top Young Economic Developers in Nation

Published on February 2, 2015
Palm Beach, Florida – Katie Perry, vice president, and Tim Terrentine, executive vice president, of Southwest Michigan First, have both been selected as winners in the economic development profession’s 40 Under 40 awards, the only award of its kind recognizing young talent in the economic development profession.

Southwest Michigan First was one of only two economic development organizations that had two winners selected.

400 jobs to be created by Forest River Manufacturing

Published on January 27, 2015
LANSING—Sen. John Proos on Tuesday applauded Forest River Manufacturing for their expansion and their plan to invest more than $7 million in a project to create nearly 400 jobs in White Pigeon.alamazoo Promise Institute, Communities in Schools, Warner Norcross and Judd, LLP, and Southwest Michigan First.

FILING ALERT: Personal Property Tax Exemptions

Published on January 26, 2015
Here at Southwest Michigan First, we’re always on the lookout to keep your business moving forward.

For our local manufacturers, the time has come for us to remind you of upcoming deadlines to file for Personal Property Tax exemptions approved by state voters last August.

Summer internships for Southwest Michigan’s college and university students are heating up

Published on January 12, 2015
KALAMAZOO, Michigan – Southwest Michigan’s college and university students should start thinking now about summer for all the right reasons! The Monroe-Brown Internship Program, a collaboration between Southwest Michigan First and the Monroe-Brown Foundation, has announced its 2015 internships offered by local companies to currently enrolled college students. This year’s 33 internship offerings at 26 companies include opportunities in engineering, health sciences, information technology, production planning, merchandising, architecture, interior design, human resources, marketing, sales and financial management.