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

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 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?”

The Right Place debuts new county partnership model to amplify regional economic development efforts
CES 2022, Photo Credit: Consumer Technology Association

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
Photo from our Tech Strategy event, showing a room at Meijer Gardens full of people seated at numerous tables.

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

The Right Place assists global manufacturer tesa tape with Sparta expansion
testape team lined up outside with shovels and dirt to break ground on new building

The Right Place assists global manufacturer tesa tape with Sparta expansion

The Right Place, Inc., in collaboration with the Village of Sparta, announced that global adhesives manufacturer, tesa tape, Inc., will be expanding its current location at 324 S Union St. in Sparta. In addition to a capital investment of $36 million, the expansion will bring at least 25 new jobs to the area.

Industry 4.0 Campaign Launched to Support West Michigan Manufacturers
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Industry 4.0 Campaign Launched to Support West Michigan Manufacturers

The Right Place, Lakeshore Advantage, Greater Muskegon Economic Development, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West), and Michigan Economic Development Corporation, launched a West Michigan Industry 4.0 campaign to increase manufacturers’ smart manufacturing technology adoption readiness. Implementing Industry 4.0 technologies into operations helps manufacturers to create opportunities for improved efficiency, higher revenues, and increased innovation.

Annual Thanksgiving event series receives awards from International Economic Development Council
Hello West Michigan Executive Director Rachel Gray at IEDC's Excellence in Economic Development Awards holding the award that Hello West Michigan won.

Annual Thanksgiving event series receives awards from International Economic Development Council

Back To Michigan, a collaborative, state-wide event spearheaded by Hello West Michigan and The Right Place, was awarded a Silver and Bronze ranking by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) at the Council’s 2021 annual conference.

Initial census data shows positive growth for West Michigan population, diversity yet challenges persist
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Initial census data shows positive growth for West Michigan population, diversity yet challenges persist

The latest release of population and diversity data from the U.S. Census Bureau demonstrates that West Michigan continues to grow as a popular region that can compete with significantly larger metropolitan areas.

5 Reasons to attend the 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Summit
5 reasons to attend the 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Summit

5 Reasons to attend the 2021 Manufacturing Leadership Summit

The Manufacturing Leadership Summit 2021 will take place Thursday, September 23 in Grand Rapids. Presented by The Right Place, Inc. and the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West), the Summit will deliver attendees a line-up of industry experts who will touch on a wide-array of topics surrounding technology, talent and innovation.

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