Economic Development and Nonprofits

Event aims to attract talent home

Rethink West Michigan is taking advantage of holiday visits with family to connect with ex-pats.

November 20, 2015
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If you left West Michigan, come back. If you are thinking about leaving, don’t.

That’s what Rethink West Michigan wants to get across on Thanksgiving eve.

The Right Place Inc., a regional nonprofit economic development organization, and Hello West Michigan, an organization that promotes the economic palpability of the region, have partnered again to host the fourth annual Rethink West Michigan event.

“This event is truly unique because it is solely for former West Michigan residents that have moved away. We’re highlighting the things people want to know about when they think about relocating: career opportunities and lifestyle in West Michigan,” said Cindy Brown, executive director of Hello West Michigan.

The free event, being held on what is traditionally considered the biggest bar night of the year, runs 5:30-8 p.m., Nov. 25, at Eve in The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW.

“If you're coming back to West Michigan for the Thanksgiving holiday, there's one event you can't miss. On Nov. 25th, 2015, several area companies and nonprofit organizations are coming together to convince you that it's time to take another look at your hometown,” reads the event’s website. “ReThink West Michigan is a casual, professional networking event. At this event, several West Michigan companies, with current career opportunities, will share some of the exciting initiatives and projects happening in the region.”

The last three Rethink West Michigan events attracted more than 330 professionals. Over the years the event has resulted in at least 30 hires, according to The Right Place.

This year’s event is being sponsored by companies and organizations such as Spectrum Health, Meijer, Steelcase, West Michigan Works! and Northwestern Mutual.

“West Michigan companies are growing at an unprecedented rate, and they won’t be successful unless they add bright, talented individuals to their teams,” said Tim Mroz, vice president of marketing and communications at The Right Place.

“We have hundreds of positions available, with a specific need in the areas of engineering and technology, and we would love to see former Michiganders come home to take these jobs.”

To register for the event, visit

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