Nation's Top Job Market
Where will the jobs be in 2015? According to Forbes, they’ll be right here in West Michigan. A just-released Employment Outlook Survey predicts Grand Rapids will be starting the new year off right with the 3rd most vibrant employment market in the nation.
Nearly 1,000 jobs coming to region
Almost 1,000 new jobs and $169 million in capital investment are coming to West Michigan as the result of two economic development projects supported by The Right Place.
Grand Rapids named 'Smartest City'
Forbes has named the Grand Rapids-Wyoming region the 4th smartest city in America. The list highlights Grand Rapids for having a college education rate of over 30%, and for experiencing a 92% increase in its college-educated population since 2000.
Top 10 City for Global Trade
Companies looking to expand their global reach need look no further than Grand Rapids, Michigan. Global Trade Magazine has just ranked Grand Rapids among the top 10 “Emerging Cities” in the US for global trade.
Irwin Seating Company Expands
60 new jobs and $1.9 million in new capital investment are coming to Walker, Michigan as Irwin Seating Company plans to expand. The company has been awarded a $300,000 performance-based grant from the Michigan Strategic Fund to support the expansion.
2014-2016 Strategic Plan
The following pages outline the details of this plan, including specific initiatives The Right Place will engage in over the next three years. These initiatives focus both on improving the region's economic underpinnings, such as infastructure and talent, as well as spurring investment in several strategic areas of future economic growth.