Items Tagged with 'Southwest Michigan First'


Economic development cuts threaten state’s momentum in attracting and retaining talent

November 1, 2019
In recent years, we have seen Michigan’s economic momentum build, creating more and better-paying jobs for Michigan workers, more vibrant communities for residents across the state and establishing Michigan as a world-class business location and travel destination. Read More

Inside Track: Leader prevails despite the odds

Kitchens rises from poverty and dyslexia to carve out a career creating jobs.

July 12, 2019
When Ron Kitchens was elected alderman in his hometown at age 21, he had never heard the term “economic development.” But he had already decided the greatest force for change in this world is a job. Read More

West Michigan employers rank among 'Best Places to Work'

May 16, 2019
A business publication has included three organizations in the region in a ranking of the nation’s best workplaces. Read More

Fortune 500 company expanding West Michigan product design center

September 27, 2017
A diversified maker of several household brand names is expanding its product design center in the region. Read More

Packaging company expanding plant

June 16, 2017
A packaging company is spending $10.8 million to expand its operation in the region. Read More

Partners representing West Michigan at SXSW Michigan House

February 17, 2017
For the third year, Michigan House will be finding a temporary home at SXSW in Austin, Texas — and this time, they’re bringing Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss. Read More

Mobile company investing $685K in operation

December 8, 2016
A maker of accessories for mobile devices is expanding its operation in the region and creating 65 jobs in the process. Read More

Lighting maker builds plant

July 7, 2016
An LED lighting maker is building a new plant in the area and planning to create 120 jobs. Read More

Specialty pharmacy plans expansion

June 9, 2016
A specialty pharmacy in the region plans to expand into a new facility and create more than 70 jobs. Read More

Food producer invests $1M in operation

May 13, 2016
A food producer in the region is expanding its operation and creating 55 jobs. Read More