For those who felt as though 2018 started like a rocket launch, you’re not alone. The wide variety of articles in this quarter’s issue of the RPI Insider reflect the rapid pace of growth and change many of us are experiencing.

Our business development team has already completed five business development projects in 2018, resulting in 159 new jobs and $82.7M in new capital investment. We also have a robust pipeline, with several projects slated to be announced in the coming weeks.

The Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) is in the midst of a new 20-year master plan that will support the next generation of economic prosperity we are working to bring to West Michigan. We are working in collaboration with GFIA throughout the process, providing insights from an economic development perspective.

Government officials from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico are continuing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, and the outcome of these talks has the potential to significantly impact our economy in Michigan. In order to keep the regional business community updated on this important issue, we hosted a luncheon with Mr. Douglas George, the Consul General of Canada in Detroit.

As the economy moves through this period of growth and change, know that our team at The Right Place is here to assist you and your business. Our Business Development team continues their work meeting with over 400 businesses each year, ensuring you have the tools, support, and connections you need to grow here in West Michigan. These meetings also provide our team with critical business intelligence, allowing us to keep our finger on the pulse of the regional economy. Our feature article this issue highlights the insights we have gained from these meetings.

As companies continue to expand, invest, and create jobs in our community, The Right Place will continue driving current and long-term economic growth and prosperity in West Michigan. The GFIA 20-year master plan, challenges with NAFTA, and our work retaining and growing local companies are just a few examples of the depth and breadth of what we do to move the West Michigan economy forward.

Birgit M. Klohs
President & CEO
The Right Place, Inc.