Birgit M. Klohs Fellowship
MEDA 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”.
Applying the Fellowship
Application information will be posted here when it is available.