Why Grand Rapids?
Located between Chicago and Detroit in Western Michigan, Grand Rapids is the state’s second-largest city, and the urban center of a growing region of more than 1 million people. More than 90 international companies are located here as well as four of Forbes Largest Private Companies. The global headquarters for such companies as Amway, Steelcase, Herman Miller, Haworth, and BISSELL, home to Nestle/Gerber and Alcoa Howmet and Tiara Yachts, West Michigan has become a world-class center for advanced manufacturing and life science innovation. Muskegon and the lakeshore offer not only an industrial component but also a heavy focus on agriculture and food based based business opportunities.
Companies from around the world have chosen West Michigan not only for its proximity to major markets and affordable commercial space, but also for its highly qualified workforce. A combination of outstanding jobs, educational opportunities, health care, and affordable housing, proximity to the lakeshore and natural resources are just a few of the reasons why West Michigan attracts young professionals from around the globe. Generations of entrepreneurs have calledl West Michigan home but there is a growing infusion of new ideas, brilliant research, innovative technology and design, and creative artists and artisans who are finding energy and momentum in a region eager to support this growing economy.