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Birgit Klohs

President and CEO, The Right Place

birgit kholsBirgit Klohs is President and CEO of The Right Place, Inc., a position she has held since 1987. The Right Place, Inc. is the regional economic development organization for the retention, expansion and attraction of businesses in the West Michigan Area. Klohs, a native of Germany, came to The Right Place, Inc. from Grand Valley State University (GVSU), where she served as Assistant Director of the Office for Economic Expansion. Her economic development career began in 1977 as an Industrial Consultant with the Economic Development Corporation of Berrien County, Michigan.

During her 25 year career at The Right Place she has organized numerous trade missions to Europe, the Far East and Israel. She is also a frequent speaker at national and international economic development conferences and seminars, having lectured in France, Great Britain, Germany, Sweden, China, Australia and Israel.

Klohs is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where she earned her B.A. degree in Corporate Finance. She is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma; and completed the professional economic development finance program through the National Development Council.