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Klohs named Economic Club of Grand Rapids "Business Person of the Year"

The Right Place

The Economic Club of Grand Rapids has been naming a Business Person of the Year for nearly three decades. The first recipient of the award honoring leaders contributing to, and supportive of, the West Michigan business community dates back to Richard DeVos in 1988.

This week, for the first time, a women has been bestowed the honor. Since 1987, Birgit Klohs has guided regional nonprofit economic development organization,The Right Place.

Over those years as President and CEO, The Right Place has set in motion a strategic plan for growing and retaining business in West Michigan. During her time leading the organization, The Right Place says it has “created over 44,000 new and retained jobs and spurred over $4.7 billion in new investment.”

Her leadership and vision recognized this week by the Economic Club of Grand Rapids naming Klohs its 2017 Business Person of the Year.

Klohs joining names like DeVos, Van Andel, Cook, Meijer, Secchia, Pew, Padnos and Frey just to name a few.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.