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Montcalm County

Situated northeast of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Montcalm County boasts strong manufacturing and agricultural sectors along with many popular recreational activities and historic communities

Situated northeast of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Montcalm County boasts a unique mix of agricultural expertise and manufacturing prowess. Combined with a talented workforce, more than 200 inland lakes and quaint, historic communities, it's not hard to see why people choose Montcalm County to live and do business.

Montcalm County is a well-known destination for recreational tourism in West Michigan. Its abundance of natural resources draws families from all over the region for fishing, swimming, and boating in the summertime, as well as its 10+ golf courses, parks, and trails. Montcalm County also houses a portion of the Fred Meijer Heartland Trail, a 42 mile paved trail open year-round for non-motorized use.

Due to its strong agricultural presence, the community is also a popular place in the fall months for U-Pick activities for people of all ages.

Montcalm County Economic Profile

Find a detailed economic profile of Montcalm County including population growth rates, top industries, top occupations, educational attainment and more.

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Montcalm Economic Alliance

In January 2015, the Montcalm Economic Alliance re-energized its organization and partnered with The Right Place, West Michigan’s leading economic development organization, to provide economic development services for Montcalm County.

This partnership greatly enhanced the Alliance’s capabilities, bringing new support and services to Montcalm companies. The county is now a regional player in West Michigan, with access to a wide variety of economic support.

MEA Board of Directors

Rob Spohr - President
Montcalm Community College

Dave Seppala - Vice President
Isabella Bank - Greenville Division

Gae Wolfe - Treasurer
Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce

Josh Gibbs - Fundraising Chair
Northern Trust

Travis Alden
The Right Place, Inc.

Darin Dood
Village of Lakeview

Michael Falcon
Village of Howard City

Bruce Noll
Noll Farms

Harmony Nowlin
Consumers Energy

Brenda Taeter
Montcalm County Controller

MEA 2014-2020 Economic Development Success

A cumulative total of economic development success metrics since the formation of the MEA and The Right Place partnership.

Initiative
Metric Total
Initiative
Company Assists
Metric Total
2,399
Initiative
Capital Investment
Metric Total
$220,012,200
Initiative
New & Retained Jobs
Metric Total
865
Initiative
Projects
Metric Total
16

Montcalm County News

The Right Place debuts new county partnership model to amplify regional economic development efforts

The Right Place debuts new county partnership model to amplify regional economic development efforts

The Right Place has announced it will debut a new and improved model of regional economic development partnerships in 2022 for participating counties across West Michigan. The new format is expected to amplify economic development efforts across the region by empowering full-time county executive directors to drive long-term growth opportunities with the support of The Right Place.

The Right Place launches entrepreneurial pitch competition to bolster business growth in rural West Michigan counties
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The Right Place launches entrepreneurial pitch competition to bolster business growth in rural West Michigan counties

The Right Place, Inc. announces MIPitch, a new entrepreneurial pitch competition targeting Montcalm and Ionia businesses. Entrepreneurs, business owners and dreamers living in these two counties will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to compete for thousands of dollars in cash prizes at a September 21 event at Candlestone Resort in Belding. The goal is to help launch new businesses and cultivate entrepreneurial growth in the two counties.

How entrepreneurship is driving economic growth in rural communities
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How entrepreneurship is driving economic growth in rural communities

Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of every community and is especially critical to the future prosperity of our rural towns.