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.
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
The Right Place, Inc.
Village of Lakeview
Village of Howard City
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.
Montcalm County News
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
Entrepreneurship is the lifeblood of every community and is especially critical to the future prosperity of our rural towns.
The Right Place, Inc. and its regional partners distribute nearly $5M in emergency grant funding
Today The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and regional partners, announced that 426 small businesses have been awarded $4.98M in grant funding. These grants were awarded to eligible West Michigan small businesses who have been negatively impacted by the recent Michigan Department of Health and Human Services epidemic orders.