Special to The Daily News
IONIA — As the first step in enacting the terms of a formal contract signed in October, officials from the Ionia County Economic Alliance (ICEA) and The Right Place, Inc. recently hired Jennifer Wangler, an economic development professional and Right Place employee who will served Ionia County exclusively.
The hiring and the territory assigned to Wangler are part of the three-year contract between the two organizations.
Under the terms of that contract, The Right Place and ICEA will provide comprehensive economic development services including business retention, expansion and attraction support to Ionia County businesses.
Additionally, The Right Place will provide marketing support to promote the county’s assets. As their representative, Wangler will meet regularly with Ionia County businesses to address their concerns, connect them to local and state resource and grow a business network they can use for shared best practices and problem solving.
Wangler brings more than a decade of business and workforce development to her new role. She most recently served as a business services professional for Grand Rapids Community College for which she called on area manufacturers as part of a larger economic development team. Her responsibilities included linking those customers to tailored training programs, various funding sources and other retention services.
She holds a bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University and is pursuing a master’s in training and development from Western Michigan University.