Why Greater Grand Rapids

Why Greater Grand Rapids

Centrally located between Chicago and Detroit, Grand Rapids is Michigan's second-largest city and the urban center of a growing region home to more than 1.5 million people and counting.

Companies from around the world have chosen Greater Grand Rapids not only for its proximity to major markets and affordable commercial space, but also for its highly qualified workforce.

A combination of outstanding jobs, educational opportunities, health care, and affordable housing are just a few of the reasons why Greater Grand Rapids attracts young professionals from around the globe.

West Michigan Overview

Download our West Michigan Overview brochure to learn more about why the Greater Grand Rapids Region is the best place to live, work and play.

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Connect with our Business Development Team

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Brent Case

Vice President, Business Attraction

Brent works to recruit new business investment and jobs to the region. He also assists West Michigan companies during the decision-making portion of the expansion process to outline the benefits of growing locally as opposed to out-of-state.

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Travis Alden

Director of Business Development

As Director of Business Development, Travis assists The Right Place with its rural economic development efforts by overseeing its business development team members in Montcalm, Newaygo, Oceana and Lake counties. Travis also coordinates business development activities in Ionia County.

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Eric Icard

Senior Business Development Manager

Eric provides retention and expansion assistance to Right Place clients. He provides site location assistance to national and international life sciences firms. He also serves as the facilitator for the MiDevice group.


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Jennifer Wangler

Senior Business Development Manager

Jennifer provides retention and expansion assistance to Right Place clients in Kent County and site location assistance to national and international IT and tech companies. She also serves as the director for the Technology Council of West Michigan.

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Julie Burrell

Business Development Manager - Newaygo County

Julie serves as Newaygo County’s Business Development Manager. In this role, she provides business support services to companies in Newaygo County.

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Olivia Lanctot

Business Development Coordinator

Olivia Lanctot is a Business Development Coordinator at The Right Place. She provides retention and expansion services to companies in Kent County.

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Jodi Nichols

Business Development Coordinator - Lake & Oceana

Jodi serves as Business Development Coordinator for Lake and Oceana Counties. In this role, she provides business support services to prospective and existing companies. She works to improve the overall economic state of Lake and Oceana Counties through business retention, expansion, and attraction.

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Quality of Life in Greater Grand Rapids

Our community boasts a strong economy paired with low cost of living, making it an ideal place to start a career and raise a family,

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Regional Talent

Greater Grand Rapids is a thriving regional economy with access to a robust talent pipeline. The region is home to more than 20 colleges and universities, and its workforce is comprised of motivated, innovative and highly-skilled professionals.

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Business Advantage

Our business and community leaders have set in motion an unprecedented level of growth and investment, cementing our place as a world-class center for technology, advanced manufacturing, health sciences and medical devices, and food processing & agribusiness.

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