Economic Development Michigan – Van Buren County

Van Buren County is located in beautiful southwestern Michigan along the eastern shore of Lake Michigan. Its location at the Gateway to Pure Michigan serves it well as a place to live, as a tourist destination, or as a site to operate a business. With 26,000,000 people within a half a tank of gas, businesses here can expect outstanding logistics, low utility costs and affordable living.

With its unique growing conditions, it is no surprise that agriculture is among our largest industries. Van Buren County produces an exceptional array of produce including the very best fruit and vegetables. In Van Buren County, agriculture accounts for over $195,000,000 in annual sales. Van Buren County is most proud of its blueberries, often considered the best in the world and celebrated in festivals across the county.

With low taxes, inexpensive utilities, an experienced workforce and a strategic location served by all primary modes of transportation, Van Buren County is uniquely poised to assist in the growth of your business. Under the direction of the County Commissioners, the County is focusing its resources upon economic development including business growth, retention and attraction. This webpage is one of the first steps toward a stronger economic development focus and strategy here in Van Buren County, at the Gateway to beautiful Southwest Michigan.

Van Buren County has been home to many successful business ventures over the years. These successes come from nearly all types of industries including agriculture, manufacturing, power generation and business services. In recent years Van Buren County has seen growth in many new industries including wine and beer making, tourism and technology.

Key Industries in the County include:
  • Business Services
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Forestry and Fishing
  • Heavy Construction
  • Manufacturing and Logistics
  • Utilities 
Among the largest employers in Van Buren County are:
  • MPI Research
  • Entergy Nuclear Palisades
  • Bronson Hospital and Rehabilitation Services
  • Coca Cola
  • South Haven Hospital
The population of Van Buren County was 75,455 people as of 2013. The county was founded in 1829 and organized in 1837 and Paw Paw is the county seat. According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total of 1,090 square miles of which 44% is water.

The leadership of Van Buren County has made economic development an immediate priority. Economic development is defined as the sustained, concerted actions of policy makers and communities that promote the standard of living and economic health of a specific area.

To learn more about Van Buren County economic development, click here to contact us.

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