Why West Michigan

opportunity awaits

Nationally Known, Locally Grown

Opportunity Awaits

Home is more important now than ever. That’s why we’re glad to live right here in West Michigan.

West Michigan is known for its natural beauty, beer, art, and friendly communities, but we’re so much more. Our region has the fastest growing economy in the United States and is home to over 130 international companies. Work in the big city, play in the country. We’ve got it all.

What are you waiting for? Join us.

Grand Rapids is known as Beer City, USA, and it’s also on Travel Pulse’s Best Travel Destination in Michigan. Not to brag, but Grand Rapids was also named in the top 10 places to retire to in the U.S. Still, if you’re not ready to put the Zoom links away yet, you’re in luck. Just recently, Grand Rapids was named Top 10 Remote-Ready Cities in the US. It’s no surprise that Expedia calls Grand Rapids, MI one of Super Cool Cities in the US.

Our community is resilient, resourceful, open for business, and full of wide-open spaces to live and breathe.


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Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing and the Vibrant Life Sciences Industry in Grand Rapids

Join the Grand Rapids Chamber, Grand River Aseptic Manufacturing, and Opportunity Awaits West Michigan as we embark on an adventure around our community celebrating the prominent life-sciences industry in Grand Rapids. Over the next six months, different guests will join us along the way, to continue to tell the story of why West Michigan is the best place to thrive in the new normal. #grandrapidsxgram​ #opportunityawaitswm

Tracking the Region's Progress | West Michigan Regional Dashboard

The West Michigan Regional Dashboard is a collaboration by nine West Michigan organizations to establish a common set of indicators by which to measure the region's overall growth and prosperity. 

In 2018, the Dashboard received a design and data refresh as part of a continuous improvement process. It now contains 37 indicators, including 17 economic, 14 social, and 6 environmental.

How to Use the Dashboard

The dashboard is divided into three major categories: ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, ENVIRONMENTAL. By selecting a single indicator within one of the three categories, you can further analyze that indicator, comparing it to regional, state, and national averages. GREEN indicators have improved year over year, while YELLOW or RED indicators reflect no change or a negative trend.

The dashboard is best viewed on a desktop monitor. 

View the Dashboard 

About Grand Rapids

Read more to find out what our partners and community organizations are doing in the region to make our city great.

Learn About Grand Rapids

Community Calendar

Check out our community calendar to stay up to date on events going on in the Grand Rapids area.

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