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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.

Governor Whitmer reopens auto dealerships and retail businesses by appointment, authorizes nonessential medical, dental and veterinary procedures
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Governor Whitmer reopens auto dealerships and retail businesses by appointment, authorizes nonessential medical, dental and veterinary procedures

Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed executive order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. The governor’s executive order also lifts the requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide beginning on Friday, May 29.

The Right Place assists medical device packaging company with Kentwood expansion
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The Right Place assists medical device packaging company with Kentwood expansion

Today, The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), announced that medical device packaging engineering firm, Packaging Compliance Labs, LLC (PCL) will be expanding its current operations at 4334 Brockton Dr SE in Kentwood. In addition to a capital investment of $2.57 million, the company will bring 27 new jobs to the area.

Safeguards to protect Michigan's workers from COVID-19
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Safeguards to protect Michigan's workers from COVID-19

Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed into effect Executive Order 2020-91, establishing safety measures reopening businesses are going to have to adhere to in order to return to business.

Governor Whitmer reopens retail, restaurants and offices in Upper Peninsula, Traverse City regions
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Governor Whitmer reopens retail, restaurants and offices in Upper Peninsula, Traverse City regions

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-92, allowing for the reopening, in two regions, of retail businesses, office work that cannot be done remotely, and restaurants and bars with limited seating. The two regions are both in the northern part of the state—specifically, MERC regions 6 and 8, as detailed in the governor’s MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage Michigan’s economy.

Manufacture Smarter: Planning for profitability in the post-pandemic period
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Manufacture Smarter: Planning for profitability in the post-pandemic period

While the many changes and disruptions that came from the COVID-19 pandemic were not expected as we entered 2020, leaders in all industries have worked hard to restore our nation’s prominence and success as the world continues to respond and recover.

Michigan Women Forward launches $1.5M Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience fund
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Michigan Women Forward launches $1.5M Michigan Entrepreneur Resilience fund

Michigan Women Forward, in partnership with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), New Economy Initiative (NEI), Michigan-based foundations, corporate partners, individual donors, and in collaboration with the SBA, has secured funding to provide recovery grants and loans to diverse entrepreneurs and small businesses from underrepresented groups in Michigan.

MEDC expands two community development programs, launches new website to support small business
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MEDC expands two community development programs, launches new website to support small business

As efforts begin to re-engage Michigan’s economy under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced several new initiatives designed to help support the COVID-19 economic recovery efforts of small businesses and traditional downtowns throughout the state.

The Right Place launches West Michigan PPE Supplier Directory
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The Right Place launches West Michigan PPE Supplier Directory

The Right Place, Inc. has developed and launched the West Michigan PPE Supplier Directory. This directory features West Michigan manufacturers who are producing high-demand PPE supplies, along with contact information to procure the supplies.

Michigan ranks No.4 in nationwide 2020 Prosperity Cup
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Michigan ranks No.4 in nationwide 2020 Prosperity Cup

Every year, Site Selection Magazine publishes a ranking of all 50 states across America based on a 10-point index of competitiveness criteria. The ranking, known as the Prosperity Cup, recognizes successful business recruitment and retention economic development efforts at a statewide level.

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We’ve joined leaders from several business, community and governmental organizations to launch COVIDWM.org. Find accurate, timely and relevant information and connect to vital resources to help you weather the COVID-19 crisis.