Birgit M. Klohs Fellowship
About Birgit M. Klohs
Birgit Klohs 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 retired 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.”
She is still active on MEDA's 2021 Annual Meeting Committee and recently became the first female Lifetime Member.
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 fellowship can be utilized for training and professional development including, but not limited to:
- Education: MEDA Programs, IEDC Programs, NDC Programs, Regional EDO Programs, MEDC/RRC Programs, MMLPrograms
- Community Projects: Planning, Board Development, Program Development, Communications, Policy, and Research
- Networking: MEDA Programs, Regional EDO Programs, Expos related to economic development
The first awardee is expected to be announced at MEDA’s 2021 Annual Meeting, which is scheduled to be in Grand Rapids.
The appropriate candidate will be a woman or minority who is looking to actively participate in economic development and needs assistance with the monetary aspect.
The highest consideration for candidates applying for the fellowship will be given to early-career economic development professionals as demonstrated through a review of the candidates' resume and professional letters of support.
The awardee will receive a monetary amount that the MEDA subcommittee deems fit in response to the awardee’s application not to exceed $2,000. The awardee will receive the monetary award via expense reimbursement once the event/training/etc. is purchased. The Fellowship subcommittee will require the awardee to send in receipts and any other documents they deem fit in order to reimburse the awardee.
Applying for the Fellowship
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”.