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West Michigan Dataconomy: A look at engineering talent in the region
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West Michigan Dataconomy: A look at engineering talent in the region

West Michigan’s manufacturing industry has a long-standing, strong history in the region. Recently, The Right Place business research team updated our manufacturing stats (NAICS 31-33), with our labor market information tool, Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI). In today's West Michigan Dataconomy blog, we’re going to dig a bit deeper into one of the key occupation groups within the manufacturing sector.

The Kent County Department of Public Works and The Right Place begin strategic partnership for Sustainable Business Park
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The Kent County Department of Public Works and The Right Place begin strategic partnership for Sustainable Business Park

The Kent County Department of Public Works (DPW) and The Right Place, Inc. have announced a multi-year strategic partnership for the planning and development of the Kent County Sustainable Business Park.

The Right Place assists BISSELL with expansion of local headquarters
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The Right Place assists BISSELL with expansion of local headquarters

Today The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the City of Walker, announced that BISSELL, Inc. will be expanding its existing headquarters in the City of Walker. This expansion will result in the creation of 100 new jobs and a capital investment of $10 million.

The Right Place assists global manufacturer with Kentwood expansion
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The Right Place assists global manufacturer with Kentwood expansion

Today The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the City of Kentwood, announced that global manufacturer, Andronaco Industries, will be relocating one of its subsidiaries (dba Conley Composites) and expanding to a fifth Kent County location at 4544 Broadmoor Ave. in Kentwood.

Special Edition Investor Breakfast with Governor Gretchen Whitmer
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Special Edition Investor Breakfast with Governor Gretchen Whitmer

The morning after giving her State of the State Address in Lansing, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer traveled to Grand Rapids for a special edition of our Investor Breakfast series. Nearly 400 members of the West Michigan business community joined us for the early morning event, where the governor shared her vision for the State of Michigan and held a Q&A session.

West Michigan Dataconomy: Automotive industry breakdown
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West Michigan Dataconomy: Automotive industry breakdown

For more than a century, Michigan has been known as the center of the automotive industry, with much of the focus and attention on Detroit (aka the Motor City). Over the last 50 years, however, West Michigan’s automotive supply chain has grown significantly and become a critical and robust sector not only for the region, but for the automotive industry as a whole.

The Right Place board of directors changes for 2019
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The Right Place board of directors changes for 2019

The Right Place, Inc. recently appointed seven new board members to the 2019 Right Place board of directors, five of which are replacing retiring board members.

The Right Place assists Stone Fox Ventures with relocation of new acquisition
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The Right Place assists Stone Fox Ventures with relocation of new acquisition

Today The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the City of Wyoming, announced that Grand Rapids-based Stone Fox Ventures LLC will be relocating a portion of its recent acquisition, Even Cut Abrasive Company, to a new location at 4050 Roger B. Chaffee Memorial Blvd, in Wyoming.

The Right Place and Gerald R. Ford International Airport Fuel Allegiant Air Expansion
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The Right Place and Gerald R. Ford International Airport Fuel Allegiant Air Expansion

Today The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), announced that Allegiant Air, LLC will be opening a new base at GRR in Grand Rapids. This expansion will result in the creation of at least 66 new jobs and a capital investment of $42.8 million.

2019 Economic Outlook for West Michigan
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2019 Economic Outlook for West Michigan

The 2019 Economic Outlook for West Michigan highlighted some fluctuations the economy saw in 2018, and forecasted slower growth than we’ve seen in recent years. However, the economy is predicted to remain relatively strong overall, and at this time, no recessions appear to be on the horizon.

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