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Displaying items by tag: The Right Place Inc

Monday, 27 June 2022 15:58

Footwear manufacturer Holo relocating from West Coast to West Michigan

Sustainability-focused outdoor shoe manufacturer Holo Footwear Inc. plans to move its headquarters from Portland, Ore. to downtown Grand Rapids, state and local economic development officials announced today.

Published in Manufacturing
Friday, 24 June 2022 09:51

Digital consultant Twisthink expanding with new headquarters at GR Innovation Park

Holland-based digital consulting firm Twisthink LLC is expanding with a new headquarters at the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Innovation Park.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 24 April 2022 18:56

The Workforce Manufacturers Have: Second of three-part webinar series frames onboarding as quality assurance system

Regardless of industry or seniority, virtually every member of the workforce shares one commonality: onboarding.

Published in Sponsored content

Thursday, 21 April 2022 10:44

Survey: West Mich. biz outlook strong as companies eye expansions, recruiting woes ease

Business leaders voiced strong confidence in the West Michigan economy in a recent survey by economic development organization The Right Place Inc.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 10 April 2022 18:33

GRAND RAPIDS ‘LINCHPIN’: Modeled off Van Andel Arena, $116 million amphitheater project already attracting national developers’ attention

GRAND RAPIDS — Local entertainment and development officials say a planned $116 million outdoor amphitheater is modeled off the success of Van Andel Arena and could serve as an even stronger catalyst for further downtown development.

Wednesday, 23 March 2022 17:58

GVSU seeks funding for planned tech, innovation center in downtown GR

GRAND RAPIDS — Grand Valley State University plans to add a new learning space at its downtown Grand Rapids campus that will serve as an intersection of business and technology education for community members and students.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:34

Acrisure plans 230 new hires, need for second downtown GR building still unclear

GRAND RAPIDS — Acrisure LLC opened its new $33 million office in downtown Grand Rapids in August 2021, and expects it will need more space by the end of this year as the company grows its workforce.

Sunday, 13 March 2022 18:53

Advocates seek minority voices, opportunity with 12 ‘transformational’ projects

Regional business and economic development leaders recently announced a list of 12 “transformational” projects that could reshape Kent County’s ability to attract visitors, new residents and employers.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 06 March 2022 18:55

The Workforce of Tomorrow

First of a three-part webinar series focuses on preparing for the manufacturing workforce of the future

Published in Sponsored content

Sunday, 13 February 2022 18:29

GR venture capital fund makes first investment, shows ‘strong pipeline’

$500,000 investment from a venture capital fund supporting companies operated by minorities and people of color will help advance Anthony Chang’s vision for a network of advanced cancer treatment clinics across the U.S.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 13 February 2022 18:10

New database connects Michigan manufacturers with suppliers, producers

With supply chain pressures continuing to disrupt their industry, local manufacturers have been eager to try every avenue for sourcing products and processes.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 30 January 2022 18:00

West Michigan projects shut out of lucrative federal grant program

Late last year, the U.S. Department of Commerce named 60 finalists across the country that each could be eligible for up to $100 million in grants to support regional economic development initiatives. 

Published in Economic Development

Tuesday, 18 January 2022 16:21

PADNOS to invest $6.6M, create 50 jobs as part of Wyoming expansion

WYOMING — Industrial recycling and scrap management company PADNOS plans to invest $6.6 million to expand its facility in Wyoming.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:00

Reporter’s Notebook: West Michigan balances lagging wages with regional amenities

If it’s money that matters most when people look for work or to relocate for a new job, then West Michigan may be at a disadvantage in competing for the coveted talent needed to drive economic growth.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:00

Biz groups quiet on economic implications of abortion restrictions

The longstanding U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which has protected abortion access before fetal viability for 49 years, is set to be directly challenged this year. 

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 20 December 2021 11:01

Economic developer: Time for Michigan to ‘punch back’ on competitiveness

Economic development leaders and elected officials have mobilized in recent months to attract major advanced manufacturing projects after Ford’s announcement of $11.4 billion in battery and assembly projects in Kentucky and Tennessee. The Right Place Inc. President and CEO Randy Thelen called it the “straw that broke the camel’s back,” foreshadowing multiple new economic development efforts statewide. Thelen recently discussed potential new incentives, as well as labor market forces that are shaping his outlook for the year ahead.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 19 December 2021 19:05

Economists forecast ongoing statewide rebound in 2022

Michigan’s economy and jobs are expected to continue to recover in 2022 from the deep downturn last year resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 19 December 2021 19:00

Historic federal funding influx forces decision making by state, local policymakers

If there’s any certainty about 2022, it’s that Michigan policymakers will have billions of federal dollars to distribute for infrastructure and economic development. 

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 09 December 2021 10:50

West Michigan economy maintains growth despite labor woes, according to outlook

West Michigan’s economy remains strong heading for the end of 2021 with expectations for continued growth in 2022, according to a new outlook from The Right Place Inc.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 03 December 2021 16:00

Consumers, DTE seek special electric rates for large development projects

Michigan’s two largest investor-owned utilities seek to play a more active role in economic development — particularly in luring advanced manufacturing facilities to the state — with plans to offer new electricity rates for large expansion projects.

Published in Energy
Friday, 03 December 2021 16:00

Holland, Big Rapids eyed for battery manufacturing developments

Advanced automotive battery suppliers are considering a pair of West Michigan cities for new or expanded manufacturing facilities, MiBiz has learned. 

Published in Energy

Sunday, 05 December 2021 16:00

Wege Foundation’s $1M investment in minority-focused VC fund may attract more nonprofit giving

GRAND RAPIDS — The Wege Foundation’s $1 million investment committed to the New Community Transformation Fund comes from a shared vision to support greater economic diversity and inclusion in West Michigan’s economy.

Published in Nonprofits
Thursday, 02 December 2021 12:22

New economic development coalition calls for change to help Michigan compete

Nearly two dozen economic development and trade organizations have formed the Winning Michigan Jobs coalition with the goal of helping the state regain a competitive edge for new jobs and investments.

Published in Economic Development
Monday, 29 November 2021 12:48

MiBiz on WOOD-TV: The Right Place expands to Mason, Mecosta counties

GRAND RAPIDS — Regional economic development organization The Right Place Inc. recently announced new partnerships that would bring its services and expertise to Mason and Mecosta counties in West Michigan.

Published in Finance

Sunday, 21 November 2021 18:50

The Right Place expands economic development reach to Mason, Mecosta counties

Regional economic development organization The Right Place Inc. is expanding its services to two new West Michigan counties while working with existing partners to develop full-time business attraction efforts.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 07 November 2021 18:55

Ollie Howie named first managing director of minority-focused venture capital fund

The first managing director of a venture capital fund that plans to invest in businesses owned by people of color sees an opportunity to pioneer an initiative for greater economic diversity in West Michigan.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 24 October 2021 17:00

Experts: Few manufacturers are paying attention to looming cybersecurity requirements

Manufacturers that supply the defense industry will need to adhere to a new set of uniform cybersecurity standards in order to bid on contracts from the U.S. Department of Defense.

Published in Manufacturing

Wednesday, 20 October 2021 12:48

L3Harris announces $2.6M expansion in Cascade Township

CASCADE TWP. — L3Harris Technologies Inc., a global tech company that supplies the defense industry, has announced a nearly $2.6 million expansion in the Grand Rapids area.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 10 October 2021 17:00

Workforce training, higher education programs get boost in new state budget

Michigan’s newly signed state budget aims to maintain the momentum behind a variety of programs designed to help the manufacturing industry address workforce challenges.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 10 October 2021 16:30

Industrial real estate continues upward trajectory as manufacturing, distribution thrives

West Michigan’s industrial real estate sector continues to outpace expectations amid record-high demand for space, leading to some new construction despite high materials costs, substantial lead times and employers struggling to fill vacant positions.


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