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Birgit Klohs, President and CEO, The Right Place
The Right Place

The annual Mackinac Policy Conference has come to close. During last week’s program a discussion about the state’s preparation for future economic growth.

What are the elements for economic development?

“The bedrock is really three things: Workforce talent, infrastructure and a quality of life. Okay, those are the bedrocks.”

Birgit Klohs is CEO of regional non-profit economic development organization, The Right Place.

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A West Michigan auto parts supplier is making a multi-million dollar expansion in Ionia creating more than 100 jobs. Ventra Ionia is an automotive supply chain manufacturer with an immediate need to expand.

Working with Ford Motor Company it’s responsible for the new Ranger bumper program. Manufacturing the bumper entails assembly, paint and/or chrome finishing. Venture Ionia will need new space for this. Next door to its City of Ionia location is a nearly 49,000 square foot existing facility.

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GRIMM

A Veteran-owned cybersecurity company is expanding into West Michigan creating new jobs.

Arlington, Virginia-based Grimm provides cybersecurity consulting, research, testing and training for a number of government and commercial clients. As it looks at industry growth over the next three years, Grimm has decided now is the time to expand nationwide.

Foremost Farms

Wisconsin-based Foremost Farms is expanding in Greenville investing tens of millions of dollars creating jobs. Foremost Farms is a dairy processing cooperative based in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Its milk processing and marketing cooperative that is farmer-owned. The co-op has roughly 1,400 dairy farmer members. Its annual sales are $1.5 billion ranking 28th in the nation.

In an effort to funnel more skilled labor into the Michigan workforce pipeline, U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow announced her New Skills for New Jobs Agenda. The announcement follows a statewide ‘listening tour’ Stabenow made with business owners and labor leaders who Stabenow said all lemented not having enough skilled labor to fill job vacancies. 

In response, part of the New Skills For New Jobs Agenda includes promoting existing business skilled trade union partnerships and reaching out to students. 

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The City of Grand Rapids recently released its 2017 economic development report. WGVU breaks down the numbers.

The City of Grand Rapids Economic Development Department reported 2017 activity for businesses utilizing City incentive programs and their benefits.

The economic development department number crunches say the programs generated $173 million in new private investment. The commitments created 835 jobs that, on average, paid a little more than $24 an hour.

By comparison 2015 and 2016 reported $200 million in new investment creating roughly 400 new jobs.

ITS Partners

A Grand Rapids-based IT consulting firm is making a multi-million dollar investment in a new headquarters and creating dozens of high-tech jobs.

Business is good for Grand Rapids’ ITS Partners with the development of new technologies and security threats. So good, that it will more than double its workforce over the next three years from 56 locally to 124.

The information technology consulting firm has been around for 30 years, but lately its increase in sales has produced a need for not only more talent but more space.

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WGVU's Food, Wine & All That Jazz takes place Friday, October 27th @ 7:30 inside the Grand Rapids Public Museum where you can enjoy samples from over 400 of the finest domestic wines and beers. A number of the wines are Michigan selections.

A new economic impact study reveals Michigan’s wine industry contributes more than $5 billion in economic impact.

WGVU spoke with the head of the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry. “The last time we did a full-on economic impact study was in 2005.”

The city of Grand Rapids is looking for young adults ages 15 to 24 to enroll in the LEAD program that will help connect them with a summer job. Created by former Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell in 2010, the LEAD program is an acronym for leadership, employment, achievement and direction. Facilitated by city run Our Communities Children, the program provides young people training in civic engagement, leadership and employability skills. 

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U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visited with Grand haven-based R.A. Miller Industries, maker of military antenna systems, where she announced new legislation protecting taxpayer dollars and American made products.

U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters of Michigan are introducing the Make It In America Act. It strengthens the 1933 Buy America Act that the Senators say, “gives priority to American companies when the federal government purchases goods. However, the current law has numerous exemptions.”

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