The West Michigan Policy Forum strives to create jobs and opportunities through identifying and removing barriers to competitiveness to help Michigan become a Top-10 state in the nation. Our role is to provide leadership, education and a voice for Michigan businesses to guide the administration and legislature on key policy initiatives.


The WMPF holds regional meetings throughout the state, to engage with other business leaders – building a strong business dialogue by sharing and identifying policy priorities. With their feedback the WMPF then evaluates and crafts a laser-focused policy agenda that will guide its work with the state legislature and governor throughout the year.

We also host a conference every other year to gather business leaders from across Michigan to collectively learn best practices, discuss and vote on the next WMPF policy agenda priorities to ensure we stay focused and productive. These priorities typically fall in one of the following key areas:



Catalyst: Mike Jandernoa on the State of Education

For years, Michigan was a top ten state in education, but now we’re on the trajectory to be one of the bottom five. A top priority for the WMPF is to reverse this trend and make Michigan a top 10 state. Mike Jandernoa, WMPF policy chair, shares with the Grand Rapids Chamber why this matters to businesses, and what you can do to get involved.