West Michigan Advantage


Fastest Growing Region in Michigan

  • More than 130 international companies
  • The world headquarters for such companies as Amway, BISSELL, Steelcase, Herman Miller, and Wolverine World Wide
  • 8th largest biopharmaceuticals cluster in the U.S.
  • #13 among states for individuals in science & engineering occupations as a percentage of workforce
  • The food & agriculture industry in Michigan contributes $91.4 billion annually to the state’s economy.

Growth in Life Sciences Sector

A world of research infrastructure, private capital, and collaborative partnerships awaits in West Michigan. In this dynamic, growing life-science community, you will find:

  • Job Growth: 38.7% industry job growth in West Michigan over the past 10 years, 18 percent higher than the national average of 21%.
  • Medical Mile: Covering nearly a full square mile of downtown Grand Rapids, this expansive corridor has experienced over $2 billion in investment over the past 15 years.
  • Talent: 44,000+ local jobs related to the biosciences in West Michigan, 11% above the national average.

The West Michigan market has been energized and fueled by the amazing growth of the medical services industry. With one of the fastest growing life sciences clusters in the U.S., West Michigan is in the midst of more than $1 billion in recent investments:

  • $120 million Michigan Medical Tower
  • $178 million 240,000-square-foot expansion of the Van Andel Institute: New research specialties related to Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and other chronic illnesses.
  • $23 million Women’s Health Center\
  • $60 million Hauenstein Neurosciences Center. The only comprehensive neurological center of its kind in the U.S.
  • Spectrum Health- one of the nation’s top integrated delivery systems- $479 million investment in three new centers of excellence in pediatric, cardiac and cancer care.
  • $90 million Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Secchia Center.


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