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Kent County Appoints Birgit Klohs To Airport Board
Kent County Appoints Birgit Klohs To Airport Board


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (Jan. 24, 2013) – Kent County Board of Commissioners today announced the appointment of Birgit Klohs as the newest citizen member of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board. A seven-member panel is appointed by the Kent County Board of Commission to govern policy at the airport.  The Gerald R. Ford International Airport Board is comprised of three Kent County commissioners, three citizen members and one citizen member from a county other than Kent in the West Michigan combined statistical area, with each member serving staggered three-year terms.

“We are pleased to welcome Birgit to the Airport Board,” said Jim Saalfeld, vice chair of the Kent County Board of Commissioners and chair of the Legislative & Human Resources Committee that reviewed applications and recommended Klohs for the position. “Her professional background in providing national and international customers with location and expansion assistance to West Michigan will be value added to the new energy at the airport.”

Klohs currently serves as the President & 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.  Over the last 4 years, The Right Place, Inc. has spurred the creation of 8,654 new jobs with a total investment of $635,373,183 in West Michigan.

“I’m very excited about this opportunity to serve on the board and look forward to building on the successful work the Ford Airport has undertaken in the past few years,” said Klohs.

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.  She has served on multiple boards including Heart of West Michigan United Way, Economic Club of Grand Rapids, and Western Michigan University Board of Trustees. Klohs currently is a member of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Spectrum Health Systems Board of Directors, Macatawa Bank Board of Directors, and Grand Action Executive Committee.

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