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Spence Riggs

Business Development Coordinator - Kent and Ionia

616-481-1360 Riggss@rightplace.org

Spence is a Business Development Coordinator at The Right Place. He provides business expansion, retention, and attraction services for Kent and Ionia counties.

Past Experience

Prior to joining The Right Place team, Spence worked as the Executive Director at the Mason County Growth Alliance (MCGA) in Ludington, Mich. He also spent time as a Transportation Planner and GIS Analyst for ITS Regional, and as a Graduate Assistant for the St. Charles Parish Department of Planning and Zoning in the Greater New Orleans area in Louisiana. Before beginning his career in economic development, Spence joined the United States Peace Corps as an Environmental Health Volunteer, where he spent two years in Tambacounda, Senegal. 

Education

  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning | University of New Orleans
  • Bachelor of International Relations | Grand Valley State University

Notable Projects

  • UACJ Whitehall Industries (MCGA - $28.8M capital investment, 128 jobs)
  • ProAct Services (MCGA - $18.6M capital investment, 30 jobs)

Favorite Part of Living in West Michigan

Spence’s favorite part about living in West Michigan is the accessibility to both outdoor recreation opportunities and culture. As a Ludington native, he enjoys the quick access to hiking & biking trails, quality camping destinations, and – of course – the beaches of Lake Michigan. In addition, he also likes experiencing the great diversity of options for dining, music, nightlife, and entertainment. 

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