Economic Development

A core focus of SCMW! is ensuring that the region has a local, talented workforce with the skills that businesses need to relocate and stay in south central Michigan. We have several key initiatives with our economic development partners in the community.

Interested in joining one of our initiatives? Contact us.

Partnership for Regional Solutions

The Partnership for Regional Solutions exists to provide solutions to the economic challenges of the region. It does so by providing a venue to which individuals, organizations or businesses can bring their issues and concerns. The PRS then draws upon the expertise and resources of its partners to deliver solutions. As more and more challenges are resolved, obstacles to growth are diminished and the region will benefit. The PRS and its partners are invested, engaged, accountable and committed to the region.

The Partnership for Regional Solutions is a comprehensive grouping of partners and organizations that meet the needs of the South Central Michigan area businesses, community leaders and community organizations.

Some features of the PRS include:

-Highly visible and accessible to the community
-Recognized as the "first choice" for businesses and community leaders to seek assistance
-Customer driven
-Supportive of continuous learning and advancement
-Able to forecast and drive regional economic change
-Highly accountable, demonstrated responsible stewardship of public resources

Partners of the PRS include:

-South Central Michigan Works!
-The Enterprise Group
-Jackson Area Manufacturing Association
-Economic Development Partnership of Hillsdale
-Jackson College
-Lenawee Now (Lenawee Economic Development)

For more information on the Partnership for Regional Solutions, contact Jim Coutu at (517) 841-5627 ext. 64222.

Economic Partners
  • The Economic Development Partnership (EDP) is a local nonprofit organization committed to the growth of Hillsdale County. We work to provide economic development for the area through our entrepreneurial development, business and industry retention & expansion and business attraction efforts. We also provide services, resources and advocacy efforts on behalf of area business.

  • The Hillsdale County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit membership based organization. The main goal of the Chamber is to provide a means so that others can identify local sources for needed products and services. Chamber members demonstrate their commitment to the community and their support for a strong local economy.

  • The Jackson County Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit association of businesses and non-profits that wish to strengthen their business, mission and the Jackson Community. Through promotion, advocacy, collaboration, networking events and education, the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce supports its members.

  • A not-for-profit association of manufacturers and associate members providing training, networking, legislative and media advocacy, and more!

  • Lenawee Now (Economic Development) is a non-profit organization dedicated to economic and business expansion throughout Lenawee County. By attracting new businesses, helping to grow established businesses, and supporting entrepreneurial endeavors in Lenawee, Lenawee Now is creating an economically viable and vibrant region. In addition to business attraction, retention and start-up activities, Lenawee Now provides critical services to support business growth including access to funding sources and talent enhancement.

  • The Michigan Economic Development Corporation is a public-private partnership serving as the state's marketing arm and lead agency for business, talent and jobs. tourism, film and digital incentives, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth. MEDC offers a number of business assistance services and capital programs for business attraction and acceleration, economic gardening, entrepreneurship, strategic partnerships, talent enhancement and urban and community development. MEDC, founded in 1999, also developed and manages the state's popular Pure Michigan brand.

  • The Enterprise Group of Jackson, Inc. (EG) was established in 1997 to lead business recruitment and retention in Jackson County. The EG is comprised of Jackson's leading business organizations

  • The Michigan Small Business Development Center (MI-SBDC) enhances Michigan’s economic well-being by providing confidential one-on-one counseling, business plan development, business education and training, marketing strategies and market research, information based planning, and technology commercialization for new ventures, existing businesses, growing businesses, and advanced technology companies.

    With regional and satellite service centers state-wide, the MI-SBDC network positively impacts the economy by helping to launch new ventures, strengthening existing companies, creating new jobs, retaining existing jobs, and assisting companies in defining their path to success.
    For assistance, please contact:
    MI-SBDC Service Center for Jackson, Hillsdale & Lenawee Counties
    Phone number: 517-240-1977
    MI-SBDC Web Site -