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Navigate 2020: Finding Global Opportunities During Uncertain Times

Navigate 2020: Finding Global Opportunities During Uncertain Times

For The Right Place, Inc.’s July session of its new Navigate 2020 webinar series, Sonja Johnson, Executive Director of the GVSU Van Andel Global Trade Center gave a brief overview of the current state of global trade.

Navigate 2020: Automotive Industry Update

Navigate 2020: Automotive Industry Update

The Right Place, Inc. hosted the second session of its new Navigate 2020 webinar series in mid-June. The webinar featured IHS Markit Executive Director for Automotive Advisory Services, Michael Robinet, who provided a deep dive into the new structures driving post-COVID automotive supplier strategy.

Navigate 2020: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Economic Forecast

Navigate 2020: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Economic Forecast

In mid-May, The Right Place hosted the first webinar in its new monthly series, Navigate 2020. Guest speaker Rick Mattoon, senior economist and economic advisor for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, provided insight and answered questions surrounding the anticipated economic recovery in the U.S. following the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

2020 Economic Outlook for West Michigan
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2020 Economic Outlook for West Michigan

In early December, more than 450 business and community leaders joined The Right Place for its 23rd Annual Economic Outlook for West Michigan. The 2020 Economic Outlook provided insights on regional, state, and national economic trends and projections, as well as current economic development conditions and activities.

The importance of supplier diversity
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The importance of supplier diversity

In 2015, Forbes named Grand Rapids as the second worst city in the nation for African Americans to prosper. This came as a stark contrast to the long list of accolades the region receives on an annual basis. Our community has been tackling this topic head-on, but there is still a lot more work to be done. Which is why The Right Place recently hosted an Investor Breakfast at the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) on the topic of Supplier Diversity.

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.

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.

Panel Recap: Insights for employers after the passage of Proposal One
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Panel Recap: Insights for employers after the passage of Proposal One

Nine days after the Michigan midterm elections where recreational marijuana became legalized throughout the state, the Grand Rapids Chamber, Talent 2025, and The Right Place co-hosted the panel discussion, Recreational Marijuana and the Workplace: Expert Insights and Human Resource Strategies.

Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige addresses diversity and inclusion at The Right Place, Inc. Investor Breakfast
Dr loyd paige inclusive talent and retention strategies

Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige addresses diversity and inclusion at The Right Place, Inc. Investor Breakfast

The final Investor Breakfast of 2018 featured Chief Diversity Officer at Calvin College, Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige, who spoke to investors on the topic of diversity and inclusion. Her presentation, Creating Effective and Inclusive Talent and Retention Strategies, addressed common struggles and mistakes made by businesses attempting to embrace a more inclusive culture.

2018 Economic Outlook
Jim Robey Econ Outlook 2018

2018 Economic Outlook

By all accounts, 2017 was another record year of economic growth for West Michigan. And already, “2018 is shaping up to be another strong year,” according to Jim Robey, Director, Regional Economic Planning Services, W.E Upjohn Institute. Robey’s message was delivered on December 14 at The Right Place’s 2018 Economic Outlook event, which attracted nearly 400 attendees for an in-depth review of 2017 and a look ahead to 2018.

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