Partners

Partners of the Right Place

Economic development is a team sport. That's why our partners throughout the region and state are essential to our success in driving long-term economic growth and prosperity for the Greater Grand Rapids region.

Hello West Michigan

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The Right Place's strategic partner, Hello West Michigan, works to attract and retain world-class talent and companies in West Michigan. This partnership allows both organizations to better leverage on another's assets, addressing the region’s talent shortage, getting job candidates connected, and finding talent for employers.

Hello West Michigan offers the following services, catering to both job seekers and West Michigan employers alike:

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Rachel Gray

Executive Director, Hello West Michigan

As the Executive Director for Hello West Michigan, Rachel leads the organization’s strategy, operations, and membership. She helps educate employers and prospective candidates about the region.

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Jessica Kuster

Program Manager, Hello West Michigan

Jessica serves as the Program Manager for Hello West Michigan, where she oversees the internship and candidate connection programs, marketing and communication needs, and facilitates member orientation and training programs.

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Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West)

The Right Place and Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West

Since 1991, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West) has acted as trusted advisors to small and medium-sized manufacturers as they develop stronger operations, drive innovation, promote excellence and achieve greater profitability.

As a strategic partner of The Right Place, The Center-West's team allows us to offer a more comprehensive selection of economic development services to manufacturing companies in our region. Advisers for The Center-West provide objective, straight-forward consulting and manufacturing technical support to manufacturers in the 13-county West Michigan region.

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Justine Burdette

Vice President, Technical Services, The Right Place, Regional Director, The Center-West

Justine leads the economic development strategy to retain and expand smart manufacturing companies for the West Michigan region. She aligns regional activities that promote solutions for common manufacturing problems and leads the Manufacturers and Supply Chain Management Councils

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Rene Booker

Executive Assistant, The Center-West

René Booker provides administrative support for the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West (The Center-West) events, marketing, and internal continuous improvement efforts. She also supports The Right Place/The Center-West Manufacturers and Supply Chain Management Councils.


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Amy Winkler

Client Coordinator, The Center-West

Amy Winkler is the Client Coordinator for the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West Regional Office at The Right Place, Inc. Amy coordinates customer consulting and training projects, user groups and workshops, and monitors these activities’ compliance with contractual reporting requirements.

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Jess Cruz

Senior Business Development Manager, The Center-West

Jess informs, assesses, advises, and develops relationships with key decision makers within West Michigan to support their efforts to retain sales, gain new sales, and achieve cost savings for their respective businesses. He is responsible for working with manufacturers in Kent and Barry Counties.


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Terry Hossink

Business Development Specialist, The Center-West

Terry is responsible for working with small to medium size manufacturers in West Michigan, focusing on Allegan and Ottawa Counties, to help them assess their opportunities for continuous improvement and growth.


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Ben Wood

Business Development Specialist, The Center-West

Ben is responsible for working with small to medium sized manufacturers in West Michigan, focusing on Mason, Lake, Osceola, Oceana, Newaygo, Mecosta, Muskegon, Montcalm, Ionia, and Northern Kent Counties. He helps them assess their opportunities for continuous improvement and growth.

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Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is the state's marketing arm and lead advocate for business development, talent and jobs, tourism, film and digital media incentives, arts and cultural grants, and overall economic growth.

Michigan Defense Center

The Michigan Defense Center identifies growth opportunities for Michigan businesses based on Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) needs. The Defense Center helps businesses access research and development (R&D) resources in universities, federal laboratories, and industry, in order to form strategic alliances and respond to new challenges in defense and homeland security.

The Regional Air Alliance

The Regional Air Alliance (RAA) is a private sector initiative dedicated to providing world-class commercial air service in the region. Its goal is to serve as a catalyst for improved air service in West Michigan for the benefit of area residents, businesses, and visitors.

RAA's ongoing initiatives are focused on the following areas:

  • Airport passenger service quality
  • Airport operating performance bench-marking
  • Air service economic impact analysis
  • Airline service retention
  • Airline service recruitment

Mission: To pursue, through research, study, analysis and experimentation, the advancement, improvement and promotion of commercial air service in West Michigan for the benefit of the residents and companies that do business in the region. Our goal is to identify how improved commercial air service contributes to improved quality of life for residents and more efficient operations for business.

News from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport

Find the latest news and updates from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport on the grr.org News page.

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Regional Economic Development Alliances

The Right Place serves six of the 13 counties throughout West Michigan, including: Kent, Ionia, Lake, Newaygo, Montcalm and Oceana. These services are made available to these communities through partnerships with several local economic development alliances throughout the region.

Lake County Economic Development Alliance (LCEDA)

The Lake County Economic Development Alliance’s mission is to create a unified vision promoting the unique Lake County resources including historical, natural and cultural amenities that enhance the capacity of the local economy.

Ionia County Economic Alliance (ICEA)

Representing area companies and dedicated to retaining and attracting businesses to Ionia, the Ionia County Economic Alliance (ICEA) provides comprehensive economic development services including business retention, expansion, and attraction support to Ionia County businesses.

Montcalm Economic Alliance (MEA)

In January 2015, the Montcalm Economic Alliance re-energized its organization and partnered with The Right Place, West Michigan’s leading economic development organization, to provide economic development services for Montcalm County.

Oceana County Economic Alliance (OCEA)

The Oceana County Economic Alliance is an organization created to assist business development needs in Oceana County with a mission to create a diverse economic environment by strengthening talent, leveraging resources, and supporting the retention, expansion, attraction, and creation of Oceana County businesses.