Economic Development and Nonprofits

Nonprofit hosts Economic Outlook for West Michigan

November 20, 2014
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Birgit Klohs. Courtesy The Right Place

A regional economic development nonprofit is hosting its Economic Outlook for West Michigan next month — an event that’s expected to draw business and community leaders from across the region.

The Right Place will host its annual event in Grand Rapids on Dec. 16, from 8:30-10:30 a.m., at the JW Marriot International Ballroom.

Development topics

The event’s agenda covers various development-related topics: regional, state and national industry trends and their correlation to West Michigan; employment projections and economic forecasts for the region; and insight on current economic development conditions and activities.

Tim Mroz, a spokesperson for The Right Place, said the idea is to give members of the business community and companies an overview of events in 2014, a better idea of what’s going to happen in 2015 and how that will affect their business plans.

“The real purpose of the event is to do a recap of what happened in 2014 in terms of the overall West Michigan business climate and give the West Michigan business community a true, educated outlook on what to expect on the overall economy for 2015,” Mroz said.

More than 300 local business and community leaders are expected to attend the Economic Outlook for West Michigan. Business owners, community leaders, local government and college representatives are encouraged to attend.


The event will feature two speakers: Birgit Klohs, president and CEO, The Right Place; and George Erickcek, senior regional analyst, W.E. Upjohn Institute.

Erickcek will provide high-level economic calls for 2015 in terms of overall auto production, manufacturing levels and job growth or decline.

Klohs will give a yearly review of the progress The Right Place has made, highlight projects and discuss a theme of regionalism, according to Mroz.


Registration for the event is $85 a person until Nov. 25, before increasing to $100. 

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