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Birgit M. Klohs Fellowship

Birgit Klohs 1005 cropped 002MEDA announced the Birgit M. Klohs Fellowship at its 60th Anniversary Annual Meeting. Click here to read the press release.

About the Fellowship

The goal of the fellowship will be to increase women and minority participation in economic development in a way that supports MEDA’s membership, its committees, and the organization as a whole, by increasing opportunities for the education needed to build each recipient’s skills and abilities in economic development.

The first awardee is expected to be announced at MEDA’s 2021 Annual Meeting, which is scheduled to be in Grand Rapids.

About Birgit M. Klohs

Birgit Klohs, President & CEO, The Right Place, Inc., first joined MEDA in 1977 when she worked for the Berrien County Economic Development Corporation and was one of MEDA’s first three female members. Birgit recently announced her retirement, which will take place on January 31, 2021, after 33 years of leadership at The Right Place, Inc., the premier economic development entity in West Michigan. An August 6 press release from The Right Place, Inc., says “During her 33 years with The Right Place, Inc. the organization collaborated with state and local leaders and business executives to create more than $5 billion in economic investment in the region and generate more than 46,000 jobs.”

Giving to the Fellowship

Funds for the endowment are being managed by the Capitol Region Community Foundation.

To donate using a credit card, visit this page.

Donations also may be made by mailing a check to:

Capital Region Community Foundation
330 Marshall St., Suite 300
Lansing, MI 48912

In the memo line, donors should write “MEDA Endowment Fund”.

For gifts of stock and other securities, donors should contact our CFO, Kristin Rogers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Applying the Fellowship

Application information will be posted here when it is available.


Contact MEDA at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

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Developers Association
P.O. Box 15096
Lansing, MI 48901-5096
PH: 517-241-0011

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