LANSING — The Right Place Program of Grand Rapids and Muskegon Area First were two of the 15 economic development agencies to become the latest corporate partners of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
Both The Right Place Program and Muskegon Area First formalized their relationship with the MEDC by signing a corporate-partners agreement in late June. The agreement outlines mutual goals for carrying out economic development throughout the state.
These goals include:
- Advancing economic development projects for new and existing businesses.
- Proving information to businesses in support of creating and retaining jobs.
- Encouraging exports of products and services.
- Keeping each other informed of significant activities that affect economic development in the state.
“We have created the Corporate Partnership Agreement to recognize the important role other organizations have in Michigan’s continued economic vitality,” said Doug Rothwell, MEDC CEO and president.
In return, the partners receive increased access to information that affects development in their area, discounted rates from the MEDC for training and events, and access to MEDC speakers and promotional materials.
So far, 38 economic development agencies, chambers of commerce and utilities have joined the MEDC program.
“The Corporate Partnership Agreement formalizes the positive, productive relationship we have enjoyed with the MEDC since its inception,” said Brigit Klohs, president of The Right Place Program.
“We look forward to our continued partnership as we work together to help ensure greater Grand Rapids’ continued economic success,” she added.
Battle Creek Unlimited, the Newaygo County Economic Development Office and Consumers Energy also became MEDC partners last month.