Meet Mecosta County’s New Economic Development Director

MECOSTA COUNTY — The Mecosta County Development Corporation, in partnership with The Right Place, has hired Kelly Wawsczyk as executive director for the Mecosta County region, according to a news release.

Wawsczyk will lead community and economic development efforts in Mecosta County, meeting with business owners and local government officials throughout the county, focusing on removing barriers to growth and providing a gateway to resources for the expansion, retention and attraction of old and new businesses, the news release said.

“We are delighted to have Kelly join our team and look forward to growing MCDC’s relationship with The Right Place,” said MCDC Board Chair Michele Graham.


Former MCDC director Jim Sandy retired in May 2021, and after several weeks of talks to find a new director, the board decided to bring in an outside vendor.

Graham, who went to the search committee for the new director, said at the time that the decision resulted from an inability to find the right person for the job.

“The MCDC interviewed several people and could not find the right person,” she said. “After some time, we decided to contact The Right Place, and we believe that they are a perfect fit for the MCDC. One person cannot provide all the services offered by The Right Place.

The Right Place, Inc. is “a regional economic development organization funded by private and public sector investments, which drives regional economic development initiatives to drive economic growth, wealth creation and operational excellence by focusing on productivity, innovation and the retention, expansion and creation of quality jobs and businesses,” the company’s website states.

Wawsczyk previously served the Headway Coalition of the Newaygo County Regional Educational Services Agency by working with community sectors to provide services to promote a healthier community.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be part of The Right Place team. Great things are happening at Michigan State, and it’s an exciting time for Mecosta County to grow.” she said. “In today’s tough economic times, we need to meet employers where they are. By listening to local business leaders and collaborating with state and community resources, I hope to bring solutions and opportunities to Mecosta County, building on the success story of the Mecosta County Development Corporation.

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