Planning & Development Department

Economic Development

The Planning & Development Department, in concert with local agencies, assists in the application and administration of economic development efforts in the County.

Kalamazoo County Economic Development Property Tax Revenue Sharing Policy

When deemed appropriate and necessary, the Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners may choose to participate in property tax revenue sharing for economic development purposes through tax increment financing (TIF) and interlocal agreements, under certain conditions spelled out in this policy. Local jurisdictions or authorities that wish to capture Kalamazoo County property tax revenue for economic development purposes should assume that the Board of Commissioners, consistent with Michigan law, will opt out of any TIF plans that do not meet certain criteria spelled out in this policy. Local jurisdictions are encouraged to plan accordingly and contact County Administration well in advance of plans to establish a TIF.

Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (KCBRA) & Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

The Kalamazoo County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority can provide assistance to developers who are redeveloping brownfield sites in the county. For more information, go to this page or contact the Kalamazoo County Planning & Development Department, 269-384-8112. The KCBRA members also serve as the EDC Board of Directors.

Southwest Michigan First

The lead agency for economic development in Kalamazoo County is Southwest Michigan First. Southwest Michigan First is in charge of assisting businesses to expansion as well as assisting new businesses locate in Kalamazoo County. Contact Southwest Michigan First at:

Southwest Michigan First
261 East Kalamazoo Avenue, Suite 200
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Tel: 269-553-9588