Invest in the Economic Future of Greater Grand Rapids

Why Invest in The Right Place?

The Right Place’s mission is to drive sustainable economic growth and shared prosperity for all in the Greater Grand Rapids region. We do this by focusing on three strategic pillars:

  • People: Amplifying education and workforce development providers.
  • Place: Partnering with public entities to enhance the region’s vibrancy through placemaking and community development.
  • Prosperity: We drive economic growth by serving as the convener of the region’s business community.

For nearly 40 years, The Right Place has provided the strategic leadership necessary to advance the Greater Grand Rapids economy, generating over $6.1 billion in capital investment and over 50,000 jobs. This progress would not be possible without strong sustained support of our investors, partners, and community.

As we look onward towards our vision to become the growth leader in the Midwest, we must continue to build on our successes and tackle the challenges impacting the overall competitiveness of our region. Achieving this vision requires the support of the region’s business and community partners. We invite you to join us as we continue to drive growth, innovation and prosperity for all by becoming an investor.

View our Investor Directory

All investors are eligible to be part of The Right Place Investor Directory. This searchable online directory, used by both new and existing businesses in the area, provides a company overview, contact information, and a link back to your company website.

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Investor Benefits

As an investor in The Right Place, you are directly impacting our region’s future economic growth. You also have the opportunity to position your brand prominently among Greater Grand Rapids’ top businesses and community leaders in addition to the benefits listed below.

Exclusive Events and Networking Opportunities

Exclusive Investor Events

Receive invitations for you and your team to attend exclusive investor-only breakfast events hosted twice annually. These investor exchanges include opportunities to network with other industry leaders as well as an update from RPI staff and partners on a relevant economic development topic.

Signature Event Sponsorships

Investors receive early notification of opportunities to sponsor The Right Place’s signature events before they are announced publicly. Examples of events include Tech Week Grand Rapids (~13,000 attendees), Supply Chain Management Conference (~300 attendees), and Developer Day (~200 attendees). View an overview of our 2024 events here.

Private Presentations

Members of The Right Place team are available to speak at our investor’s events, staff meetings, and leadership retreats on a variety of economic and business development topics.

Business Intelligence

Project Announcements

Receive advanced notification of major economic development project announcements and other strategic initiatives in the region.

Economic Minute – Monthly President & CEO Communications

Stay up to date with The Right Place’s latest work in Greater Grand Rapids through the monthly Economic Minute column sent out by our President & CEO, Randy Thelen.

Research Services

Utilize our strategic initiatives and business intelligence team to source data and research for your own strategic planning purposes.

Brand Recognition

Investor Directory

All investors in The Right Place are recognized on our online Investor Directory. This searchable directory, utilized by both new and existing businesses in the region, provides a company overview, contact information, and website link.

Social Media Announcements

Your company will be acknowledged on The Right Place social media channels as a thank you for supporting our economic development work. Our channels have roughly 15,000 followers. Our most dedicated audience is on LinkedIn with an engagement rate of about 6.3% (average engagement rate for companies on LinkedIn typically sit below 2%).

Monthly eNewsletter

All new and renewing investors are recognized following their investment in the RPI Monthly eNewsletter that provides a wrap up of significant news and articles from The Right Place. This email newsletter is sent to nearly 3,000 of our contacts, including 650+ area business and community leaders.

Leadership Circle

The Right Place Leadership Circle provides a venue for businesses and community organizations to gain a deeper understanding of current economic development projects and local business trends in Greater Grand Rapids by engaging in meaningful discussions about the future of our region, building relationships with The Right Place staff, and participating in opportunities to connect with key stakeholders. Learn more about our Leadership Circle here.

Industry Councils

Engage with some of Greater Grand Rapids’ strategic growth industry leaders through The Right Place’s industry councils. Investors are eligible to apply for membership in their relevant council (investment minimums apply – follow the links below for more details).

    Ready to invest or have questions? Contact Emily

    Emily Mace

    Emily Mace

    Investor Relations Specialist

    As Investor Relations Specialist, Emily works to build and implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy for The Right Place. This includes managing the necessary administrative infrastructure and building relationships with current and future investors.

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