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ReThink West Michigan calls on ex-residents

November 16, 2018
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Two organizations are hosting an event designed to bring former residents back into the region’s talent pool.

Hello West Michigan and The Right Place will host the seventh-annual ReThink West Michigan party from 5:30-8 p.m. on Nov. 21 at six West Michigan locations.

ReThink West Michigan is a casual networking event with free drinks, appetizers and prizes.

Recruiters from 44 West Michigan organizations with job openings will be at the various locations, along with community ambassadors and local school district representatives who can answer questions about West Michigan offerings.

Back to Michigan

New this year, the ReThink Michigan program is being co-promoted under Back to Michigan, whose goal aligns with the $2.5-million Choose Michigan campaign under the state's Marshall Plan. The campaign is aimed at attracting recent graduates and young professionals from other parts of the Midwest to Michigan.

Back to Michigan curates Thanksgiving eve and post-Thanksgiving recruiting events in the Ann Arbor, Great Lakes Bay, Houghton, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Traverse City and West Michigan areas, including the ReThink West Michigan event founded in 2012.

ReThink West Michigan event locations

Eve at The B.O.B., 20 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Walldorff Brewpub & Bistro, 105 E. State St., Hastings

Saugatuck Brewing Company, 2948 Blue Star Hwy., Douglas

The Block (above Unruly Brewing), 360 W. Western Ave., Muskegon

Lakes 23 Restaurant and Pub, Watersedge Golf Course, 1100 Ramshorn Dr., Fremont

Ludington Bay Brewing Company, 515 S. James St., Ludington

Registration

Those who wish to attend can register online.

More information is available by contacting Cindy Brown at (616) 818-9080 or brownc at hellowestmichigan dot com.

Organizations at the event

Grand Rapids

Amway
Express Employment Professionals of Grand Rapids
Haworth
Lake Michigan Credit Union
Meijer
Mercy Health
Northwestern Mutual
Ranir
Shape Corp.
SpartanNash
Spectrum Health
Suburban Inns
Steelcase
West Michigan Works!
X-Rite

Hastings

Flexfab
Hastings Hot Line Tools & Equipment
Hastings Mutual Insurance Company
Spectrum Health
Trumble Insurance Agency
Viking
West Michigan Works!

Douglas

Haworth
Herman Miller
LG Chem Michigan
Meijer
Padnos
Plascore
Spectrum Health
West Michigan Works!
Woodward

Muskegon

Arconic Whitehall
Core Realty Partners
Hackley Community Care
Hemisphere Design Works
Meijer
Mercy Health
Muskegon County
Spectrum Health
Scherdel
West Michigan Works!
Wesco

Fremont

Consumers Energy
Gerber Federal Credit Union
Gerber-Nestle Nutrition Research & Development
Gerber Products
Meijer
Newaygo County Regional Education Service Agency
The Original Print Shop

Ludington

Change Parts
FloraCraft
House of Flavors
Occidental Chemical Corporation
Spectrum Health
UAJC Whitehall Industries
West Michigan Works!
Western Land Services

Hello West Michigan

Established in 2007, Hello West Michigan is a nonprofit that promotes the region as a place “where business thrives and people want to live and work.”

It seeks to increase member employers’ success in their efforts to recruit top talent, as well as collaborate with organizations to help new residents and those interested in relocating to “find their fit in West Michigan.”

The Right Place

The Right Place, founded in 1985, is a regional economic development nonprofit supported through investments from the private and public sectors.

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