About Us

About Us

Since its founding in 1985, The Right Place has assisted thousands of West Michigan companies to invest more than $5.1 billion and 47,000 new jobs throughout the region

Advancing the Greater Grand Rapids Regional Economy

Serving West Michigan since 1985, The Right Place, Inc. is a regional economic development organization funded through investments from the private and public sectors. The Right Place drives regional economic development initiatives to stimulate economic growth, wealth creation, and operational excellence by focusing on productivity, innovation, and the retention, expansion, and creation of quality employment and companies in the Greater Grand Rapids region.

MISSION
To drive sustainable economic growth and shared prosperity for all in the Greater Grand Rapids Region.
VISION
The Greater Grand Rapids Region will be the most resilient, productive, and equitable regional economy in the nation.

Staffed by a skilled team of economic development and business professionals, The Right Place concentrates on three key strategic pillars: People, Place and Prosperity. This philosophy focuses on people as the drivers of a successful economy, recognizing them to be the differentiating factor from one region from another.

The Right Place's ultimate goal is to help the people of the Greater Grand Rapids region reach their full potential within the community by driving business growth and attraction to create more opportunities for all in the region.

    About The Right Place

    View our full brochure to learn more about how The Right Place leads business expansion, attraction and retention efforts for the Greater Grand Rapids Region.

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    Partners of the Right Place

    We work alongside several partner organizations to drive regional economic development and growth.

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    What community business leaders say

    “As we have grown and expanded The Right Place has been a great partner, most recently in our decision to open our new Industrial Tech Center in Walker. The Right Place was our first call when we decided to expand these services. Their unequaled knowledge coupled with their deep regional connections, and their knowledge of available resources made the decision to grow in West Michigan an easy one. ”
    Feyen ZylstraNate KoetjeCEO
    “For Michigan to truly “win” – we must look at economic development as a team sport – which is why we’re proud to invest in The Right Place. This organization is a perfect example of bringing together the right players – comprised of both business leaders and community leaders – to successfully attract jobs, talent and businesses to our home state of Michigan.”
    Consumers EnergyGarrick RochowPresident & CEO
    “Nobody else goes to work every day with the intention of retaining and creating jobs for the entire West Michigan community. Through their dedicated staff, The Right Place utilizes a variety of tools and contacts to make sure that West Michigan is one of the most attractive places to conduct business in the country. Whether it is convincing a company to relocate to West Michigan, addressing pertinent pending or existing legislation, or providing assistance to current West Michigan companies as they expand their business, The Right Place is always at the ready to get these jobs done.”
    Medbio, Inc.Chris WilliamsOwner

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    Grand Rapids regional business leaders report strong confidence in local economy; plans for expansions
    The Right Place Business Development June Data

    Grand Rapids regional business leaders report strong confidence in local economy; plans for expansions

    As pandemic restrictions ease and businesses begin the transition to a post-pandemic mode of operation, The Right Place team met with leaders from 118 area companies in the month of June. These meetings were designed to better understand the challenges and opportunities facing our regional companies, while offering insight into the region’s overall economic health.

    Navigating internships in 2021 and beyond
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    Navigating internships in 2021 and beyond

    The onset of summer has long coincided with an influx of internships hosted within companies large and small. For many college students, these internships provide the first taste of a 40-hour work week in an office environment. Internships are critical skill development tools, helping to prepare the next wave of employees to enter the professional workforce post-graduation.

    The Right Place assists Michigan warehouse logistics company with Walker expansion
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    The Right Place assists Michigan warehouse logistics company with Walker expansion

    Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the City of Walker, announced that pallet racking and storage company, Speedrack Products Group, Ltd., will be expanding its Michigan operations to a new facility at 3060 South Industrial Drive NW in the City of Walker. In addition to a capital investment of nearly $65 million, the expansion will bring more than 160 new jobs to the area.

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