Community Partnerships

Build mutually beneficial partnerships between WMU and community.


  • Business, Technology and Research

    Private-sector firms representing three key business sectors—life sciences, advanced engineering and information technology.

    Find your opportunity to interact

  • Civic Engagement

    WMU students, faculty and staff provide value to the community through mutually beneficial service and economic impact.

    Create a connection

  • Conference Services

    Flexible space to accommodate conferences, meetings, training sessions and retreats.

    See what the Fetzer Center has to offer

Economic Development locations

  • Southwest Michigan First

    Committed to company growth, government and education alignment, talent development, and communication of its regional advantages.

  • The Right Place, Inc.

    Grand Rapids-based economic development organization, offering confidential, comprehensive business services in the region.

  • Battle Creek Unlimited

    Economic development arm providing workforce research assistance, business attraction and redevelopment assistance.

Point of Contact



Lisa Garcia

Corporate Engagement Representative for Community Outreach

Western Michigan University is committed to partnering with our community and to blur the lines between the classroom and the workplace so that students have resume-building experiences and we create more value in our communities as part of their academic journey. Businesses, nonprofits, municipalities, neighborhoods—WMU appreciates the opportunity to have a meaningful connection with all. We value strategic community, business and industry partnerships, helping external partners solve problems through applied research and student engagements so that we can strengthen our communities and create opportunities for students. We welcome you to partner with us.

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  • Community Commitment

    WMU students, faculty and staff completed some 1.34M hours of service, helping the University earn the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification.

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    Synthesizing Success

    The WIRE Youth Development Programs offered by the Walker Institute give WMU students a chance to teach the next generation of math and science leaders.

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    Sleeping Giant Capital

    New fund affiliated with WMU aims to raise $50M to acquire small businesses in West Michigan

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    $1M grant for STEM transfer students

    The project will also involve community outreach, such as a service project, that students in the cohort will direct and drive.