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The Right Place assists Chicago-based company with opening new location in Walker
Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the City of Walker, announced that Chicago-based General Truck Parts & Equipment will open its first operation in Michigan. The company will be located at 2686 3 Mile Road in Walker. In addition, the new operation will bring 7-10 new jobs to the area in the next three years and invest over $500,000 to launch the new operation.
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.
Pitch North announces winners
Five local entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges and an audience of over 50 people at the second annual Pitch North competition. They were competing for the chance to win over $9,000 in cash prizes to bring their ideas to life. The event was held Wednesday, June 24th via ZOOM.
Connections in rural communities: Virtual round-tables to help re-engage our economy
Lacking a clear road map for getting back to prosperity after a global pandemic is daunting, especially in geographic areas where peer business groups like this simply do not exist. Our ‘small but mighty’ rural team at The Right Place identified this gap in the communities where we live and work, which was the spark that inspired our recent ‘Re-Engaging The Rural Economy’ virtual round-table series.
Our commitment to West Michigan's communities of color
In The Right Place’s role as the regional economic development organization, we often talk about what makes this community the ‘right place’ for businesses to grow and create jobs. Without a doubt, there are many reasons to live and do business in West Michigan - which tends to make these conversations straightforward. However, as the events of these past several days have brought to light, there are also painful realities being experienced by our communities of color that we must address.
Kent County seeks innovative sustainable business leader to help achieve landfill diversion goals
The Kent County Department of Public Works today announced it has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for an anchor tenant at the future Sustainable Business Park, which is planned for 250 acres adjacent to the South Kent Landfill in Byron Center, Michigan.
Michigan claims largest single-year leap in Chief Executive's Best & Worst States for Business survey
Chief Executive's annual "Best and Worst States for Business" survey, now in its 16th year, is a collection of opinions gathered from CEOs on which states are the most -- and least -- business friendly in the U.S.
Kent County Back to Work PPE Program launches
As employers reopen across Kent County, personal protective equipment (PPE) will be a critical component in helping to protect employees, visitors, clients and customers from the spread of COVID-19. This program will provide PPE to qualifying small businesses and other employers, at no cost, to assist in reopening their operations.
Governor Whitmer rescinds Safer at Home Order, moves Michigan to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan
Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan.
Grand Rapids named top housing market for millennials
Millennials, who make up roughly 11% of homeowners in cities with populations over 150,000, were found to make up 19.5% of Grand Rapids' home-owning population. This is the second highest concentration of home-owning millennials, only falling behind Clarksville, Tennessee at 23%.