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

    Latest News & Blogs

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    The Right Place assists L3Harris with Cascade Township expansion
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    The Right Place assists L3Harris with Cascade Township expansion

    Global aerospace and defense technology innovator, L3Harris Technologies, Inc., will expand its operations at 5353 52nd Street SE in Grand Rapids. In addition to a capital investment of $2.58 million, the expansion will bring up to 50 new jobs to the area, with a minimum of 34.

    The Right Place assists global manufacturer tesa tape with Sparta expansion
    Tesa tape groundbreaking

    The Right Place assists global manufacturer tesa tape with Sparta expansion

    The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Village of Sparta, announced that global adhesives manufacturer, tesa tape, Inc., will be expanding its current location at 324 S Union St. in Sparta. In addition to a capital investment of $36 million, the expansion will bring at least 25 new jobs to the area.

    Industry 4.0 Campaign Launched to Support West Michigan Manufacturers
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    Industry 4.0 Campaign Launched to Support West Michigan Manufacturers

    The Right Place, Lakeshore Advantage, Greater Muskegon Economic Development, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West), and Michigan Economic Development Corporation, launched a West Michigan Industry 4.0 campaign to increase manufacturers’ smart manufacturing technology adoption readiness. Implementing Industry 4.0 technologies into operations helps manufacturers to create opportunities for improved efficiency, higher revenues, and increased innovation.

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