Travis Alden

Director of Business Development

In his role as Director of Business Development,Travis assists The Right Place with its rural economic development efforts. He provides guidance and support to the business development team members in the five West Michigan counties outside of Kent that are served by The Right Place, which include Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana, Lake, and Ionia counties. Travis is also responsible for the coordination of business development activities in Ionia County.

Past Experience
Prior to joining The Right Place team, Travis served as the President of the Barry County Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Alliance. Combined with his background as Community Development Director for the City of Tipton, Iowa and two executive roles in Manistee, Travis came to The Right Place with more than ten years of economic development experience.


  • Bachelor of Science, Communications | Grand Valley State University

Awards, Certifications and Community Involvement

  • Hastings Rotary Club | Member (2016-current)
  • ‘Citizens For A TK Strong Future’ Thornapple-Kellogg Schools Bond Campaign | Co-Chair (2019)
  • Thornapple-Kellogg Schools Odyssey of the Mind Coach and World Finalist (2018 & 2019)
  • Manistee Area Businessperson Of The Year (2014)
  • Manistee Area Small Business Of The Year | Vogue Theater (2015)
  • Director, Hardacre Film & Cinema Festival | Tipton, Iowa (2007 & 2008)

Notable Projects

  • Spearheaded the successful revitalization, opening and operation of the Historic Vogue Theatre of Manistee
  • Led the revitalization of the Barry County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority and a successful federal EPA Brownfield Assessment Grant for the county
  • Integrated key workforce and community development initiatives into the Barry County Economic Development Alliance scope of work, including:
    • A manufacturing training program for high school students (resulting in a nearly 100% placement rate)
    • Steering conversations around housing in the community and partnering on multiple housing development attraction projects. 100+ multi-family units slated for 2020-2021 completion as a result.