Networks Northwest

Northwest Michigan Council of Governments is a regional organization serving:

  • Businesses
  • Community organizations
  • Individuals
  • Non-profits
  • Units of government

Northwest Michigan Council of Governments provides services to businesses in an effort to spur economic growth in our region. We believe that small business is the foundation of our economy, and its success disseminates to all residents of the region. Through various partnerships, NWMCOG works to assist entrepreneurs and existing companies in achieving success.

Our Services

We provide a variety of programs and services within the region, with particular emphasis on partnerships, economy of scale, and leveraging resources to address common concerns among multiple organizations or across sectors. Our primary service categories are: workforce development; business and economic development; regional planning and community development; community safety.


Our mission is to build stronger communities and improve quality of life in Northwest Michigan. Our hallmarks are public-private partnership, innovation, collaboration and sustainability.


Founded in 1973, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments (NWMCOG) facilitates and manages programs for the ten counties in our region. These programs include Northwest Michigan Works, Workforce Development Board, Northwest Michigan Small Business and Technology Development Center, TeamWork NorthWest, the Procurement Technical Assistance Center program, Northwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, KAL-TEC, Healthcare Regional Skills Alliance of Northwest Michigan, the Regional Planning Department and the Regional Repository for U.S. Census data.