Economic Development Director

Job Title
Economic Development Director
Grand Rapids,  MI
Other Location

Founded in 1985, The Right Place, Inc. (RPI) is West Michigan’s regional economic development organization. The Right Place serves both current and prospective West Michigan companies, connecting them to the resources they need to succeed. During this long history, the organization has assisted existing and new companies to create over 45,000 new jobs and over $5 billion in new investments.

We are seeking a dynamic and innovative leader in the field of economic and community development to serve as the Economic Development Director for our strategic partner, the Ludington & Scottville Area Chamber of Commerce (Chamber), serving Mason County. You will provide leadership in the development and implementation of economic development initiatives focused on People, Place, and Prosperity and in alignment with both local needs and regional strategies.

You will report to the Senior Director of Business Development at RPI, with close advisement by the Chamber’s President & CEO and Economic Development Committee local to Mason County.

You are excited about this role because:
  • You will have the opportunity to be a significant, positive catalyst in Mason County. You will be a critical stakeholder in the community, leveraging local relationships while being supported by a team of 35+ individuals at RPI. Bringing decades of experience, specialized skillsets, connections, and industry knowledge, professionals in the Talent Initiatives, Business Intelligence, Marketing & Communications, Legislative Issues, and more are part of this support team.
  • With your strong sense of commitment and teamwork, deep understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and a diverse world outlook, you will help shape and promote a collaborative, partnership-based culture of economic development for the West Michigan region, leading to new economic development projects.
  • You will oversee the economic development scope of the Chamber, including project workflows, budgets, workgroups and committees, relationship-building, and more.
  • Utilizing a problem-solver approach, you will proactively meet with Mason County companies to support growth and expansion, address business concerns, and connect with appropriate resources.
  • You will cultivate partnerships with the community, economic development allies, and nonprofit and municipal leaders to strengthen the competitiveness of Mason County within the state, national, and global economy. You will lead and support initiatives to build capacity at the local municipal level including the pursuit of grants and technical assistance.
  • You will get the chance to represent The Chamber and RPI at the local, regional, state, and national levels. You will speak directly with stakeholders, government representatives, and members of the community. You will actively contribute to professional and local associations. You will prepare and make presentations on The Chamber’s economic development efforts, Mason County, RPI, and other regional economic issues to a wide variety of groups and organizations.

We are excited about you because:
  • You hold a bachelor's degree and/or equivalent relevant experience in business development, economic development, public administration, public affairs, urban planning, communications, or marketing.
  • You are an effective communicator, and you have a track record of establishing productive working relationships and trust across many stakeholders and groups.
  • You possess a thorough knowledge of state, federal, and private funding opportunities for business development.
  • You are self-directed. You create plans, organize initiatives, and execute them independently and in collaboration with others to agreed deadlines.
  • You have proven experience managing and prioritizing real-time demands of ongoing projects, campaigns, relationships, and organizational goals.
  • You are proficient in Salesforce, or you demonstrate the ability to quickly learn the customer relationship management software.
  • You have reliable transportation for travel throughout Mason County and the region (mileage reimbursement policy in place).
  • You are willing to participate in meetings and events outside of traditional business hours.

We offer the opportunity to make a positive impact on the economic health of West Michigan and to collaborate with the best and brightest business minds. Learn more about us at

The Right Place provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.


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