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Region 8 Prosperity Plan [Click to open page downloads/rpi_plan_final.pdf in a new window
Region 8 Prosperity Plan

Region 8 RPI LogoMichigan Governor Rick Snyder created the Regional Prosperity Initiative to encourage regional private, public and non-profit partners to create vibrant regional economies. The Regional Prosperity Initiative created ten prosperity regions across the state.


The Regional Prosperity Initiative's Region 8 includes seven counties in Southwest Michigan — Berrien, Branch, Cass, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, and Van Buren Counties.


In 2014 the Southwest Michigan Regional Prosperity Collaborative (RPI Region 8) Committee was formed with representation from regional private, public and non-profit partners in adult education, workforce development, economic development, transportation, and higher education organizations.


The Southwest Michigan Regional Prosperity Collaborative Committee created the Southwest Michigan Prosperity Region 5-Year Prosperity Plan as an economic development blueprint. And a year later they issued Volume 2.


save the date winter summit 2020    

Details about the Winter Asset Management Summit are: 

Date: February 7th, 2020
Time: Arrival/Networking: 9:00 am - 9:30 am

          Summit: 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Location: Van Buren Conference Center 490 S. Paw Paw St. Lawrence, MI 49064
Cost: Free
Register by emailing: Kris Martin at: martink@swmpc.org.

Spring 2019 Summary Report for Michigan


Lawrence and Kalamazoo Springs Summits 2019 


The notes from the all the spring summits in spring of 2019 can be found here or www.michigan.gov/documents/mic/Region_Summaries_-_Complete_663490_7.pdf.  


For more information please visit the Michigan Infrastructure Councils page here: https://www.michigan.gov/MIC


Please see the Southwest Michigan Prosperity Initiative page for committee meeting information.


Map of Region 8


This page last updated on 12/18/2019.
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission  
376 West Main Street  Suite 130  Benton Harbor, MI 49022-3651
Phone: 269.925.1137  Fax: 269.925.0288  

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