The Right Place signs county partnership


The Newaygo County Economic Development Office is a nonprofit that provides "economic development services to the residents of Newaygo County." Photo via

Newaygo County businesses will receive a higher level of direct assistance with a new contract between a pair of West Michigan economic development organizations.

The Right Place in Grand Rapids, a reginonal economic developmpent nonprofit, said this month that it has signed a new three-year service contract with the Newaygo County Economic Development Office, or NCEDO, a nonprofit, to provide retention, expansion and attraction services to businesses in Newaygo County.

The contract

The Right Place and NCEDO originally partnered in 2006, and the new pact replaces an existing agreement whereby The Right Place provided business service assistance on an “as-needed basis.”

The new contract provides the NCEDO board and stakeholders with a higher level of direct assistance to major employers in the area.

The Right Place will also add a business development professional to their team to work closely with both organizations from an office located in Newaygo County.

Mary Shafer, president of the NCEDO board, said when the executive director position became vacant, the timing was right to pursue the new relationship.

“We are excited about this new arrangement,” said Shafer. “The Right Place can provide a depth of services and expertise we just cannot touch, and we are looking forward to this collaboration.”


Birgit Klohs, president and CEO of The Right Place, said to compete in a global marketplace, the region must work together and increase collaboration among communities.

“We are already witnessing the value of this collaborative approach in other neighboring counties, and we look forward to building on those achievements in Newaygo County,” Klohs said.

Richard Breon, president and CEO of Spectrum Health and board chair for The Right Place, said West Michigan will continue to grow and prosper by working together as a region.

Breon said The Right Place’s efforts to promote regional collaboration and partnerships will be "critical to the long-term economic success of West Michigan."


The Newaygo County Economic Development Office is based in Newaygo.

During the past 12 years, the nonprofit has helped bring in $359 million in private and corporate investments to the county.

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