2018 Annual Meeting Agenda
The automotive industry is creating new trends in the way we drive. The agriculture industry is innovating in the way they produce, package, and deliver food. Stores and downtowns are attracting people by creating an experience rather than just a place to shop. These, and other industries, need a talented workforce that is prepared to take them into tomorrow.
This year’s Annual Meeting is not only about the future, it’s about transitions that are already happening or are right around the corner. “Prospective Twenty-Eighteen” will give you a clear vision of what Michigan’s economy will look like in the very near future so that you can prepare your community to be an open door for the new businesses that will follow the trends.
Aside from a unique educational experience, MEDA’s 2018 Annual Meeting will be filled with opportunities to enjoy the wonderful atmosphere in Frankenmuth, Michigan, as well as spend time building relationships with members of the economic development community from around the state.
We’ll see you there!
Wednesday, August 22nd
12:30 – 4:30 p.m. Golf Meetup at Timbers Golf Club (Optional)
2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Registration at the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center
Conference registration is not only for checking in, it’s for picking up your materials, paying if you have not, asking any questions that you have, and networking with fellow attendees as they arrive.
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Opening Reception at the Bavarian Inn Lodge and Conference Center
Kick off the 2018 Annual Meeting with an opening reception at the Bavarian Inn. We will be visited by a face of "Little Bavaria", Judy Zehnder Keller, for a bright welcome to the town of Frankenmuth. Connect with old friends, make new ones, and get excited about the conference!
Enjoy lively entertainment at our Opening Reception by Da Frankenmuda Fratz'n, a Bavarian Style Dancing group that was "Born and bred in Frankenmuth, Michigan."
6:30 p.m. Dinner Meetups (Optional)
Get out of the hotel and into Michigan’s "Little Bavaria” for dinner. The Annual Meeting Committee has selected some locations that promise a wonderful experience on both Wednesday and Thursday nights. Committee will be at each location to welcome you and your colleagues.
Tonight’s Locations: Bavarian Inn Restaurant, Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie, Tiffany’s Food & Spirits
Thursday, August 23rd
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
8:40 a.m. Prospective Economic Development
The best economic developers are forward-thinking and keep their back pocket full of ideas and knowledge as to what may be approaching for the economy, markets and business. Listen to the thoughts of one whose job it is to guide investment portfolios through economic, market and political cycles. See what ideas could be useful to you to engage with in your work.
John Augustine, CFA, Chief Investment Officer, Huntington Private Bank
9:30 a.m. Networking Break
9:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 1
>> Preparing Your Community for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
By now, you have heard a lot of information about the big picture for autonomous vehicles, but you also need to know how to prepare your community so you can create an open road for them. Hear from the experts in this field how to tackle this issue from all angles, including parking needs, land use, lane width, and zoning.
Kevin Bopp, Vice President of Parking and Mobility, Bedrock Detroit
Valerie Sathe Brugeman, Senior Project Manager, Transportation Systems Analysis Group and Industry, Labor, and Economics Group, Center for Automotive Research
>> The Growing Possibilities in the Agriculture Industry
Michigan is the second most diverse agricultural State in the country, growing over 300 different products from corn and wheat to blueberries and squash. Focusing efforts to leverage this diverse array of product in our food and agriculture value chain will provide growth opportunities for jobs and investment in both rural and urban areas of Michigan. Learn more about the strategies and partnerships that are being developed to build support for the companies and communities looking to accelerate the growth of their food and agriculture sectors.
Peter C. Anastor, Director, Agriculture Development Division, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Terri Barker, Economic and Community Development Analyst, MDARD
Joseph McCulloch, Economic and Community Development, MDARD
>> In-Store Shopping: Not Dead – Just Changing
In the world of online shopping, consumers have new choices beyond what was available when the suburban mall and big box stores were king! Discuss how impacted communities and private developers are successfully managing acres of vacant retail, dark stores, and other white elephants in today’s real estate marketplace.
Scott Aikens, Ph.D., Vice Chairman, Robert B. Aikens & Associates, LLC
10:45 a.m. Networking Break
11:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 2
>> Traffic and Public Safety with Connected and Autonomous Vehicles
The thought of sharing the roads with vehicles that are not being steered by a person is a bit unsettling for some. What about walking across the street or navigating harsh weather? What are some messages you can share to comfort the citizens of your community while your local roadways are being prepared? Learn how the State and communities are advancing to position Michigan as the leader of mobility in the country; a place that is safe as well as attractive for new companies to test their equipment and run their company.
John Abraham, Ph.D., PE, PTOE, Director of Traffic and Operations, Macomb County Department of Roads
Kirk T. Steudle, P.E., Director, Michigan Department of Transportation
>> How High Will We Go?
The marijuana industry is constantly changing, challenging local governments and developers to stay informed and up to date on policy and process. What are the economic arguments for and against? With the changing legislative landscape, experts share their experiences in and outside of Michigan.
Jeff Mayes, Director, Economic Development, Consumers Energy
Jennifer Rigterink, Legislative Associate, Michigan Municipal League
Paul Weisberger, Vice President, Oasis Wellness Center, and General Counsel, Wild Bill's Tobacco
>> New Age, New Experiences
Attracting today’s consumers requires new tools and methods. Learn what the next generations are seeking, how experience is built into the program, and how communities are attracting them for a weekend or a lifetime.
Moderator: Sheila Stamiris, Executive Director, City of Frankenmuth Downtown Development Authority and Economic Development Corporation
Panelists: Jamie Furbush, President/CEO, Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau
Jonathan Jarosz, Executive Director, Heart of the Lakes
Susan Pollay, Executive Director, Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority
12:00 p.m. Lunch, Membership Meeting, and Invited Gubernatorial Candidates
The Annual Meeting Committee will invite the top gubernatorial candidates back to address the audience for a second time this year.
2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions 3
>> How the State of Michigan is Driving the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Industry
The State is working to make sure Michigan remains a top leader in the automotive industry as vehicle and transportation technologies continue to change. Not only are they partnering to provide testing grounds, but they are facilitating partnerships and growth for entities that want to do business in this field. What are they learning, what other programs does the State have to support the industry, and how can you help?
Craig Hoff, Dean, College of Engineering, Kettering University
Michele Mueller, Sr. Project Manager Connected and Automated Vehicles, Michigan Department of Transportation
Trevor Pawl, Group Vice President, PlanetM, Pure Michigan Business Connect and MEDC International Trade
>> Food Industry Trends in Your Community
The agricultural sector is experiencing a continuous shift in the way people want their food. Low carb, gluten-free, non-GMO, and much more, must be considered to meet the demand of the current market. Learn about the current trends in agri-business and the food industry and how they are impacting local economies.
Jim Byrum, President, Michigan Agri-Business Association
Mike Fassezke, President, Flour Milling Division, Star of the West Milling Company
Mark S. Flegenheimer, President and CEO, Michigan Sugar Company
>> The Moving World of Distribution and Logistics
Transportation systems are in the top five most important factors in locating and expanding businesses. Learn about the changes in multi-modal transportation that are moving people, parts, and products faster and more efficiently than ever before.
Jen Bryan, Senior Manager, FedEx Ground
Jeff Nagel, Airport Manager, MBS International Airport
Mike Stickel, Vice President of Business Development, Lake State Railway
William Webber, Owner, Sargent Docks and Terminal
3:00 p.m. Concurrent Tours
>> Nexteer Tour
Now that you have learned about what is being done to prepare for connected and autonomous vehicles, learn what a Michigan-based parts supplier is developing to meet the need. Nexteer is a leader in intuitive motion control, including automated vehicle technologies. Tour the factory to see, and learn about, the advanced steering technology systems that will drive us into the future. You will be required to submit your shoe size for this tour so you can be fitted for special safety shoes. Safety glasses will be provided. Attendance is limited, so sign up today.
>> Bronner’s Fulfillment Center Tour
With the growth of online purchases, companies are expanding inventory in fulfillment centers like never before and in more places than ever before. Visit the fulfillment center of one of the more unique stores in the world - Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland - and see how they stock, ship, receive, decorate, personalize, and paint a plethora of items per year. Aside from learning about technologies and strategies for successful order fulfillment, you get to experience the joy of Christmas in August! Attendance is limited, so sign up today.
5:00 – 6:30 p.m. New Member and Awards Reception at Frankenmuth Brewery
MEDA appreciates all of its members, from the brand new to the well-established. This night is for getting to know our new members as well as presenting awards to economic developers with a history of proven contributions.
6:30 p.m. Dinner Meetups/Other (Optional)
Like the previous night, the Committee is ready to meet with you for a delicious dinner and drinks that will make for a delightful experience around this one-of-a-kind town.
Locations: Prost! Wine Bar & Charcuterie, Slo' Bones BBQ Smokehaus, Zehnder's of Frankenmuth Restaurant
Friday, August 24th
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. The Future of the Economic Development Profession
If one thing is for sure, it’s that things will not stay the same forever, and economic development work is no different. Let’s keep ahead of the times and be prepared for the changes. Jeff Finkle, who is strongly connected both nationally and internationally, will share with us what he sees for our increasingly recognized and respected profession.
Jeff Finkle, CEcD, President, International Economic Development Council
9:15 a.m. Economic Development Around the Country
Getting a clear prospective – and perspective – from our friends in economic development that practice in other states has been a tradition at MEDA Annual Meetings for a number of years. Insight from these former Michiganders on the focus across state lines, and how it compares to what we do here, will not only be insightful and even eye-opening, but it will also be a good time.
Moderator: Jeff Finkle, CEcD, President, International Economic Development Council
Panelists: Maureen Donohue Krauss, Chief Economic Development Officer, Indy Chamber
Jeffrey A. Kaczmarek, Executive Director, Prince William County Department of Economic Development
Margaret O'Riley, Business Recruitment Manager, Duke Energy
10:00 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 4
>> Site Preparedness as an Economic Development Strategy
In this session, key aspects of identifying, assessing, planning, and aligning site inventory to attract economic development opportunities will be discussed. Participants will learn how to effectively use their understanding of their local sites inventory to optimize their capital expenditures for preparedness, maximize their marketing efforts, and align incentives to meet the needs of prospective users.
Courtney Dunbar, CEcD, EDFP, AICP, Industrial Program Leader, Olsson Associates
>> Industry 4.0: How the Next Industrial Revolution is Reshaping Industry and Workforce
Tech takeover. Smart factories. Intergr8. Industry 4.0. What are these? How are companies leveraging industrial changes that are reshaping how products are made? Gauge from examples how government and industry organizations are working collaboratively to equip companies for the latest industrial revolution.
Tom Kelly, Executive Director and CEO, Automation Alley
John Paul Rea, AICP, Director, Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development
>> Winning the Digital Race: New Technologies for Economic Development
Ever feel like you have been living in the digital age for a very long time, but you STILL can’t keep up? You are not alone! After this session, you will feel more comfortable with the idea of new technology, and learn some new ways to take advantage of tech trends in the world of economic development.
Dr. Alissa Sklar, Vice President of Marketing, GIS Planning Inc.
11:15 a.m. Networking Break
11:30 a.m. Concurrent Sessions 5
>> Keeping Up With Workforce Needs
Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development and Michigan Works! continuously evaluate what is coming next for Michigan’s workforce and evolves to meet the needs. What are statistics showing about upcoming needs? What unique ways are agencies around the state addressing issues?
Angie Barksdale, Chief Operating Officer, West Michigan Works!
Roger Curtis, Director, Michigan Department of Talent and Economic Development
Kristen Wenzel, Chief Operations Officer, Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!
>> Speculative Building – Is it an Option?
We are experiencing a lack of available industrial and commercial space, not just in Michigan, but nationally. Has your economic development organization considered a program to promote spec and virtual buildings? Hear from experts in this area and find out what you can do to be proactively involved.
Karl Dehn, Director, Strategic Projects, Business Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Clarence Rivette, President, The Wirt-Rivette Group
Steve Scott, Licensed Real Estate Salesperson, Northern Commercial Real Estate
12:30 p.m. Adjournment