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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The Right Place

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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Craft brewers surveyed discuss industry growth and volatility. Also, Priority Health expands its out-of-state network in a deal with Cigna Corporation.

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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.

Ms. Kirsten Hillman, Canada's Deputy Ambassador to the United States /

In Washington D.C., trade ministers are meeting this week continuing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement. In Grand Rapids, Canada’s Deputy Ambassador to the United States visited with the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan providing an update on talks and explaining the economic impacts on the state and local economy.

Brian G. Long, director of Supply Management Research in the Seidman College of Business at Grand Valley State University

West Michigan’s economy continued its strong performance in April. The Supply Management Research survey indicates the local economy will remain robust into the summer months reinforcing the area’s low unemployment.

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U.S. Supreme Court case will decide e-commerce taxes and we discuss Michigan venture capital and angel investing.

Robert E. Quinn, professor emeritus, University of Michigan's Ross School of Business

The author of the book Deep Change takes a deep dive into learning what it takes to become a more effective leader.

Robert E. Quinn, professor emeritus at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business recently visited with Grand Valley State University's Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies as keynote speaker for its "Wheelhouse Talk."

WGVU spoke with Quinn.

Robert E. Quinn, professor emeritus, University of Michigan's Ross School of Business

Corporate and organization leaders face challenges every day. Learning to become a more effective leader was the focus of Grand Valley State University’s Hauenstein Center’s Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy hosting the best-selling author of the book “Deep Change.” 

WGVU spoke with one of the nation’s leadership experts before Thursday evening’s Wheelhouse Talk.

“How do we exhibit the highest levels of leadership?”

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Tech sector entrepreneurs gaining more attention from venture capitalists and we discuss GROW's expansion into Grand Haven and Muskegon.