SXSW

Southwest Michigan has garnered recognition as one of the most affordable regions in the nation and one of the Top 100 Best Places to Live. It offers a high quality of life and a low cost of living that is unsurpassed. This seven-county region provides the opportunity to have a meaningful career with one of our innovative companies without the drawbacks of traffic congestion, long commutes, or unaffordable housing. With vibrant, artistic communities, family-friendly entertainment options, and over 80 public access lakes — with Lake Michigan just a short drive away — it’s a place of endless options to work, live, and play. Come see how you can Thrive in Southwest Michigan!

We want to help you Thrive in Southwest Michigan

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Regional partners here to help YOU

Berrien County

Arthur Havlicek

President & CEO
Southwest Michigan Regional Chamber
ahavlicek@smrchamber.com

Branch County

Audrey Tappenden

Director
Branch County Economic Growth Alliance
atappenden@coldwater.org

Calhoun County

Heather Ignash

Economic Development Specialist
Battle Creek Unlimited
ignash@bcunlimited.org

Cass County

Julia Wall

Economic Development Coordinator
Market Van Buren
269-215-4861
marketvanburen.org

Kalamazoo County

Petey Stephanak

Senior Director | Talent and Workforce Development
Southwest Michigan First
269-553-9588
peteys@southwestmichiganfirst.com

St. Joseph County

Petey Stephanak

Senior Director | Talent and Workforce Development
Southwest Michigan First
269-553-9588
peteys@southwestmichiganfirst.com

Van Buren County

Julia Wall

Economic Development Coordinator
Market Van Buren
269-215-4861
marketvanburen.org