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Thursday, 13 April 2023 05:55

Legislators OK $410 million for Ford, Our Next Energy plants; Gotion project still waits

LANSING — Michigan will give companies $410 million to open two electric vehicle battery plants following approval of transfers by a legislative panel on Wednesday.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 12 April 2023 05:45

Economic developers work to build public trust in massive manufacturing projects

After spending months behind the scenes on complex negotiations and crafting incentive packages to lure major advanced manufacturers, Michigan economic development organizations now face another challenge to landing projects: public sentiment.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 23 March 2023 13:17

Michigan communities stretch child care grants to address a lingering shortage

GRAND RAPIDS — Even as the COVID-19 pandemic recedes, quality child care remains hard to come by for many Michigan families. That’s due in part to providers who left the field and didn’t return — and a handful of Michigan organizations hope to use new state grants to reverse the trend.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 26 February 2023 18:00

Economic developers seek a more confident, welcoming West Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS — Randy Thelen believes West Michigan needs to move away from its “best-kept secret” identity to a position of confidence if it wants to keep its momentum in attracting employers and talent.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 21 February 2023 17:18

The Right Place 3-year plan targets $550M in investment, 4K new or retained jobs

Growing West Michigan’s advanced manufacturing, health sciences and technology sectors while expanding economic opportunities for minority residents are key components of The Right Place Inc.’s new three-year strategic plan.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 14 February 2023 14:03

Ford battery plant deal demonstrates West Michigan’s ‘cohesive industry cluster’ in EV technology

Ford Motor Co.’s plans to invest $3.5 billion to build an electric vehicle battery plant near Marshall came as good news to economic developers across West Michigan. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 12 February 2023 17:40

West Michigan makes pitch to lure laid off tech workers

The massive tech industry downsizing across the U.S. offers opportunities for regions such as West Michigan to pursue highly coveted talent.

Published in Talent
Tuesday, 31 January 2023 16:10

Sparta kicks off renewed effort to revitalize long-vacant downtown opera house 

SPARTA — A new task force organized by Sparta’s Downtown Development Authority is working to revitalize the historic Sparta Opera House, which has long sat vacant in the village’s downtown district.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 January 2023 17:16

Survey: Low pay, child care constraints hold back West Michigan labor participation

People in West Michigan indicate that low pay and the inability to find affordable child care are two key factors keeping them out of the workforce. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 18 December 2022 20:35

Auto suppliers prepare for more slow growth, challenges, as forecast begins to brighten

While automotive suppliers in West Michigan may hope to finally emerge from the “dark winter” of the last three years, the vehicle
production outlook for 2023 portends more challenges ahead, although some bright spots are beginning to dot the mid-term forecast.

Published in Manufacturing
Monday, 12 December 2022 12:36

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: West Mich. economy regains footing after pandemic downturn

West Michigan’s economy and workforce have largely rebounded from the pandemic-induced downturn of early 2020, according to a recent report from economic development organization The Right Place Inc.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 08 December 2022 17:10

Tech sector shines as West Michigan economy rebounds from pandemic downturn

GRAND RAPIDS — West Michigan recovered well from the deep economic downturn in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, positioning the region for economic growth in the next few years.

Published in Economic Development

Wednesday, 02 November 2022 18:16

New Shelby pet food plant, Holland cold storage facility expansion receive state grant backing 

SHELBY — Perdue Farms, a Salisbury, Md.-based food and agricultural firm, will invest more than $27 million to renovate a former food processing facility in Oceana County. 

Published in Food/Agribusiness
Thursday, 20 October 2022 15:39

WMPF panel: ‘We are stuck’ in the past on economic development incentives

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Policy Forum hosted a conference today in Grand Rapids where speakers promoted sweeping K-12 education reforms and lamented the ongoing use of large incentive packages to lure automotive supplier jobs.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 19 October 2022 18:36

Developer ‘charging ahead’ with redevelopment of Sligh Furniture building, despite delays

GRAND RAPIDS — Sturgeon Bay Partners continues to actively pursue redeveloping the sprawling Sligh Building just south of downtown Grand Rapids, but will likely scale back the number of residential units as construction-related costs escalate. 

Tuesday, 18 October 2022 16:21

Economic developers inventory top 10 large West Michigan properties to help lure projects

Three economic development organizations serving a 13-county region in West Michigan have narrowed nearly 150 properties down to 10 sites that would be suitable for potentially large industrial or advanced manufacturing projects.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 06 October 2022 16:23

Large battery projects create EV workforce training opportunities for higher ed

MECOSTA COUNTY — Landing large battery manufacturing plants that promise to drive billions of dollars in investments and create thousands of jobs represents not just major economic development for Michigan but also a significant opportunity for educators.

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 05 October 2022 11:17

‘HISTORY IS BEING MADE’: State board approves incentives for 2 major battery manufacturing projects

A state board has approved hundreds of millions of dollars in tax exemptions and performance-based grants to help lure two large battery manufacturing projects that promise more than 4,000 jobs and nearly $4 billion in investment.

Published in Economic Development

Monday, 26 September 2022 21:39

Mecosta County, township officials approve 30-year Renaissance Zone incentive for potential battery project

BIG RAPIDS — A trio of Mecosta County municipalities have approved a 30-year tax incentive to help lure a multi-billion dollar electric vehicle battery manufacturing facility that promises more than 2,000 jobs.

Published in Manufacturing
Wednesday, 21 September 2022 10:06

Details emerge on ‘transformational’ Big Rapids battery manufacturing project

BIG RAPIDS — The Big Rapids area could experience a multi-billion dollar advanced battery manufacturing investment in the coming years, according to a recent media report confirming months of speculation about the project.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 20 September 2022 14:33

Italian RV, boat fixture manufacturer opening North American HQ in Cascade Township

CASCADE TWP. — An Italian manufacturer of luxury RV and boat fixtures plans to open its North American headquarters in Cascade Township with a $7.3 million investment that could create 130 jobs.

Published in Manufacturing

Monday, 19 September 2022 16:26

New WMCAT training program opens access to career opportunities in tech

GRAND RAPIDS — The West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology, a nonprofit focused on increasing social and economic opportunities in the region, is launching a new tech education pathway within its Adult Career Training Program. 

Published in Talent
Wednesday, 07 September 2022 12:23

9 West Michigan public projects get $3.6M state funding boost

Public projects across Kent, Barry, Mason and Oceana counties will receive a funding boost following today’s approval of more than $3.4 million in state funding from the Revitalization and Placemaking Program. 

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 06 September 2022 05:00

The Right Place launches 10-year plan to grow tech sector in greater Grand Rapids

Economic development agency The Right Place Inc. has launched plans to transform the greater Grand Rapids area into a technology and innovation hub over the next 10 years. 

Published in Talent

Sunday, 14 August 2022 10:00

People in the News: Aug. 15, 2022

People in the News: A roundup of new hires, promotions and awards in West Michigan.

Published in Talent
Sunday, 31 July 2022 10:00

GR investment fund for minorities replicated in Denver; other U.S. cities eyed

Leaders behind a Grand Rapids investment fund formed to support entrepreneurs of color hope a similar venture in Colorado becomes the first of multiple funds that replicate the model across the country.

Published in Finance
Monday, 27 June 2022 15:58

Footwear manufacturer Holo relocating from West Coast to West Michigan

Sustainability-focused outdoor shoe manufacturer Holo Footwear Inc. plans to move its headquarters from Portland, Ore. to downtown Grand Rapids, state and local economic development officials announced today.

Published in Manufacturing

Friday, 24 June 2022 09:51

Digital consultant Twisthink expanding with new headquarters at GR Innovation Park

Holland-based digital consulting firm Twisthink LLC is expanding with a new headquarters at the Michigan State University Grand Rapids Innovation Park.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 24 April 2022 18:56

The Workforce Manufacturers Have: Second of three-part webinar series frames onboarding as quality assurance system

Regardless of industry or seniority, virtually every member of the workforce shares one commonality: onboarding.

Published in Sponsored content
Thursday, 21 April 2022 10:44

Survey: West Mich. biz outlook strong as companies eye expansions, recruiting woes ease

Business leaders voiced strong confidence in the West Michigan economy in a recent survey by economic development organization The Right Place Inc.

Published in Economic Development

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