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$540,000 grant aims to help regional advanced manufacturing and technology companies attract & retain talent
Advanced Manufacturing Greater Grand Rapids

$540,000 grant aims to help regional advanced manufacturing and technology companies attract & retain talent

As many as 20 companies have until Feb. 16 to apply for up to $25,000 in funding to offset career training costs

Ford International Airport launches FLITE to develop, introduce new high-tech air travel solutions
Advanced Manufacturing Greater Grand Rapids

Ford International Airport launches FLITE to develop, introduce new high-tech air travel solutions

Partnership with MEDC, Southwest Airlines provides grants to innovation-driven companies, allowing them to test new products, services in live airport environment

The Right Place assists PADNOS with Wyoming expansion
Advanced Manufacturing Greater Grand Rapids

The Right Place assists PADNOS with Wyoming expansion

PADNOS to add 50 jobs and invest $6.6 million in upcoming expansion

Grant Funding Available for Workforce Training Center Equipment
Advanced Manufacturing Greater Grand Rapids

Grant Funding Available for Workforce Training Center Equipment

The Top 5 Things Learned at CES 2022
CES 2022, Photo Credit: Consumer Technology Association

The Top 5 Things Learned at CES 2022

Is there a better way to kick off the new year than learning about the upcoming technology trends of the world?

The Top Three Takeaways from the 2022 Economic Outlook
CES 2022, Photo Credit: Consumer Technology Association

The Top Three Takeaways from the 2022 Economic Outlook

On December 9, 2021, over 400 key leaders from the greater Grand Rapids region logged onto a Zoom call for our 25th Annual Economic Outlook. Viewers of the event heard from The Right Place president & CEO, Randy Thelen, and Regional Economic Specialist from the University of Michigan, Don Grimes. The question on everyone’s mind was, “What can I expect the economic forecast to be for 2022?”

First-of-a-kind pitch competition for outdoor recreation businesses nets $5,000 prize packages for 5 West Michigan businesses
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First-of-a-kind pitch competition for outdoor recreation businesses nets $5,000 prize packages for 5 West Michigan businesses

The first-of-its-kind pitch competition focused on providing growth opportunities to outdoor recreation small businesses. Entrepreneurs from Oceana, Newaygo, Lake and Mason Counties were invited to submit their ideas for consideration. Seven finalists were chosen to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges via Zoom on October 27. The top five participants received $5,000 worth of business support services to help advance their business idea.

The Right Place debuts new county partnership model to amplify regional economic development efforts
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The Right Place debuts new county partnership model to amplify regional economic development efforts

The Right Place has announced it will debut a new and improved model of regional economic development partnerships in 2022 for participating counties across West Michigan. The new format is expected to amplify economic development efforts across the region by empowering full-time county executive directors to drive long-term growth opportunities with the support of The Right Place.

The Right Place leading new charge to grow region’s tech industry
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The Right Place leading new charge to grow region’s tech industry

The Right Place’s Technology Taskforce aims to position the Greater Grand Rapids Region as leading tech cluster in Midwest

Extruded Aluminum Corporation to add 38 jobs, invest $30.4 million in upcoming expansion
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Extruded Aluminum Corporation to add 38 jobs, invest $30.4 million in upcoming expansion

Extruded Aluminum Corporation (EAC), will be expanding its current location at 7200 Industrial Drive in Belding. In addition to a capital investment of $30.4 million, the expansion will bring 38 new jobs to the community.

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