Your Partner in Growing Your Community

2023 Annual Meeting "Inside and Out"

A solid foundation for a vibrant Michigan economy - inside and out!

23 AM GraphicThis event will be held from Sunday, August 13th to Wednesday, August 16th, 2023, at The Northern Center at Northern Michigan University in lovely Marquette.

MEDA's biggest education and networking event of the year is its Annual Meeting. This conference includes educational sessions covering the most important economic development topics and issues of the time as well as several networking opportunities. Join us in Marquette for education and networking with your partners in growing your community!

Agenda, Activities, and Speakers



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Packages and Benefits

Commitment Form

Audience Profile - MEDA members and other Annual Meeting attendees typically include professionals in the following areas:
Brownfield Redevelopment - Business Finance - Chambers of Commerce - Community Development - Consulting - Downtown Development - Environmental Consulting - Higher Education - Municipalities - Planning - Private and Public Economic Development Organizations - Real Estate Development - State Agencies - Utilities and Infrastructure - Workforce Development - Others interested in economic development

Thank You Sponsors

Annual Meeting Sponsor Spotlight

Location, Hotel Reservations, and Travel Plans

Location and Hotel Reservations

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Thank You Committee

Annual Meeting Committee


MEDA is proud to accept nominations for awards that honor hard-working economic developers. Award nominations can be submitted at any time, but to be considered for the 2023 Annual Meeting, the form must be submitted to MEDA by June 30th. 7/19/23 UPDATE: The award winners have been selected by the MEDA Board. Nominators and recipients will be invited to present and accept the awards. Nominators whose nominees were not selected will also be notified shortly.

To learn about the qualifications, access the nomination forms, and view past winners, visit our Awards Page.

Registration Fees

Early Rates - MEDA Members $335*/Non-Members $445 **
Regular Rates - MEDA Members $350*/Non-Members $460 ** (Starts on August 7th)
*If you joined MEDA in the last year, you may still have a New Member Coupon that you can apply toward this event. Email Cassandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check!
**If not a member of MEDA, you can get a coupon for $TBD if you join and pay for attendance before the conference. Email Cassandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested. You can learn more about membership on our Join MEDA page.

Optional Fees
Cleveland-Cliffs’ Tilden Mine Tour: $25/person - Limited to 35. THIS TOUR IS FULL!
PotlatchDeltic Lumber Mill Tour: $25/person - Limited to 25.
Brew Around Marquette Tour: $25/person - Limited to 30. THIS TOUR IS FULL!
Lake Superior Waterfront Biking Tour: $25/person - Limited to 10. THIS TOUR IS FULL!
Trivia Night: $35/person - You can register yourself and up to 4 teammates. Don't have a team? Don't worry! We'll pair you up onsite.

Guest (spouse, children, etc.) Fees
Early Arrivals Reception: $35 THIS RECEPTION IS FULL!
Opening Reception: $50
Awards Reception: $50
Cleveland-Cliffs’ Tilden Mine Tour: $25/person THIS TOUR IS FULL!
PotlatchDeltic Lumber Mill Tour: $25/person
Brew Around Marquette Tour: $25/person THIS TOUR IS FULL!
Lake Superior Waterfront Biking Tour: $25/person THIS TOUR IS FULL!
Trivia Night: $35/person

Free But Limited Activity:
The Small Business Difference Downtown Walking Tour: $0/person - Limited to 20. THIS TOUR IS FULL!

Certification Qualifications

This event qualifies for continuing education credits for Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council (NDC). Use the form on this page to claim your credit.

This event has been recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be received in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before August 7th to receive a full refund. Cancellations between August 7th and 12th will have a $75 processing fee. There will be no refunds after the conference has started on August 13th. Those who do not cancel and do not attend will be charged the full price of registration.


If you have any questions, visit our Contact MEDA page.


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Contact Us

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