Economic Development

  • WMU Economic Impact

    WMU generates more than $800 million annually in total sales of goods and services in the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Western Michigan University is committed to the economic growth and prosperity of the communities it serves. Through a rich network of centers, institutes, and community partnerships, WMU has made significant economic contributions in Michigan, and throughout regional, national and global communities.

In 2010, the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research produced a report quantifying the University’s local economic impact. According to this report, WMU was the third largest employer in the Kalamazoo-Portage Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), and its activities generated an estimated $820 million in total sales of goods and services in the two-county region studied. The report also credited the University for directly or indirectly employing 6,300 workers in the MSA. Report.

 Additionally, WMU is home to the Business Technology and Research Park, a high-tech business development that shares its Parkview Campus with the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences. WMU’s BTR partners are focused on life sciences, advanced engineering, and information technology, and they provide regular opportunities for interaction and collaboration with the faculty, research staff and students of one of the United States’ top public universities.