Economic Development

Niles Charter Township partners with SMEGA (Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance) for the areas economic development. Please check out SMEGA website and contact information below for further information.

SMEGA (Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance)

Southwestern Michigan Economic Growth Alliance

The Southwestern Alliance provides site selection information and economic development services in Berrien County, Michigan for: the City of Niles, Niles Charter Township, the City of Buchanan, Buchanan Township, the Village of Galien, Galien Township, the Village of Three Oaks, Three Oaks Township, and in Cass County, Michigan the municipalities of Howard Township and Milton Township.

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SMEGA's mission is to promote and support the retention and expansion of existing industrial businesses, to attract new businesses, and to encourage the diversification of the economic base in southwestern Michigan. 


  • SMEGA will strengthen, retain, and assist in the expansion of existing businesses, particularly in the industrial sector, with emphasis on job retention and attraction.
  • SMEGA will encourage a high-quality, healthy, pro-business climate through effective communications, organization, and planning activities among the participating municipalities, private enterprises, and public service providers.
  • SMEGA will foster open communication with an active board and work with governmental agencies to establish clear methods for obtaining necessary governmental and inter-governmental approvals and cooperation contributing to a pro-business environment.
  • SMEGA will promote entrepreneurial efforts in our communities by providing assistance to start-ups and business expansions to create new jobs in diverse markets. 

Barkley Garrett, Executive Director
Southwestern Alliance
333 N. 2nd Street, Suite 302
Niles, Michigan 49120
Phone: 269-683-1833
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