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Investing In SMEGA



As an investor, you are committed to improving the overall economic vitality of the Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance (SMEGA) footprint, and the larger region. Economically we will experience successes and challenges together, but we will only experience more frequent and elevated successes if we work together. You are not only investing in yourself, you are investing in the community we all live, work and play in, which will essentially benefit all who invest in our community.




  • 30 + year track record of Positive Economic Development
  • Job Retention / Job Creation...that leads too… Stronger Local Economy New & Existing Companies investing in our area - Increased Sales for your business Increased Property Valuation
  • An Organization that promotes diversification of our economic base
  • An Organization that represents our area (municipalities) among the larger regional economic development agencies...if we are not at the table, we will lose out.
  • An Organization that advocates for economic development funding for our area.


If you are interested in becoming a SMEGA Investor, please click here to view our Investor Appliaction.


The following businesses, groups, and organizations are enthusiastic investors of the Southwestern Michigan Economic Development Alliance and have supported the mission of the organization with annual contributions and by participating in a number of investor initiatives.


Each of these Investors recognizes the need for a regional approach to economic development and understands that their support provides the basis for a sound economic base in southwest Michigan which in turn provides a greater quality of life for all.  SMEGA Inestors represent those with the greatest sense of community and those who exhibit the finest leadership qualities in business and education.  


For information on becoming an Investor, please contact the SMEGA office.  The links below provide convenient access to supporting Investor websites and contact information - we hope you will support their businesses and keep our communities growing:


 Investors may contribute to Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance in two ways; either through the Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance (SMEGA) or the Greater Niles Economic Development Full Employment Corporation (GNED).


 SMEGA is a 501(c)(4) organization. Contributions to 501(c)(4) organizations generally are not deductible as charitable donations, but they may be deductible as a business expense.

GNED is a 501(c)(3) organization. Individuals giving to 501(c)(3) organizations that are private foundations may generally deduct contributions representing up to 30% of their adjusted gross income. Corporations may deduct all contributions to 501(c)(3) organizations (regardless of foundation status) up to an amount normally equal to 10% of their taxable income.

You are strongly encouraged to check with your tax advisor to inquire about income tax deduction related to your investment in SMEGA 



SMEGA Service Area Includes:

Bertrand Township 

Buchanan Township

City of Buchanan

City of Niles

Galien Township 

Howard Township

Niles Charter Township

Milton Township

Three Oaks Township 

Village of Galien

Village of Three Oaks 

      333 N 2nd Street, Suite 302 | Niles, Michigan 49120 | Phone: 269-683-1833 | Email: