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Capitol Day

Michigan CapitolThis event will be held on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, at the Lansing Center in Downtown Lansing.

Capitol Day is MEDA's annual legislative conference, which includes sessions on the latest legislative issues related to economic development as well as State and Federal agency updates on economic development initiatives and laws.

Capitol Day attendees are encouraged to invite their legislators to talk about the topics presented during the day or to talk about issues specific to their community. Legislators are welcome to attend complimentarily.

In order to develop the conference around the most important legislative issues of the time, MEDA's Advocacy Committee, a volunteer group of MEDA members, plans the agenda.

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8:30 a.m. Registration Opens

9:00 a.m. Gubernatorial Candidate’s Vision for Michigan’s Future
This former legislator and prosecutor is ready to fight for the top spot in Michigan. Hear her plans for the state.
Gretchen Whitmer, Former Michigan Senate Minority Leader, Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate

9:35 a.m. MEDC Update
By the time Jeff takes the stage at Capitol Day, he will have been at the helm for six months. What has he learned? What are the changes that are going to take place in 2018?
Jeff Mason, Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

10:05 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 a.m. Gubernatorial Candidate’s Vision for Michigan’s Future
Michigan’s current Attorney General has thrown his hat in the ring for the gubernatorial race. What are his plans for Michigan’s win?
Attorney General Bill Schuette, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate

10:50 a.m. Gubernatorial Candidate’s Vision for Michigan’s Future
After being Lieutenant Governor for two terms, Brian is ready to take the top seat. Learn about his vision for our state.
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate

11:25 a.m. MDEQ Update
With a mission of promoting wise management of Michigan's air, land, and water resources to support a sustainable environment, healthy communities, and vibrant economy, the MDEQ is a strong economic development partner. What are their major initiatives for economic development in 2018?
Carrie Geyer, P.E., Brownfield Redevelopment Program Manager, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

12:00 p.m. Lunch and Membership Meeting

1:00 p.m. Gubernatorial Candidate’s Vision for Michigan’s Future
This two-term State Senator and engineer has his eye on being our Governor. Gauge his blueprint for Michigan.
Senator Patrick Colbeck, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate

1:35 p.m. Focus Group Summary
MEDA met with economic developers around the state to glean feedback on how the perceptions of various stakeholders effect their work as well as economic development as a whole. The focus group moderator, Sue Lackey, will share what she learned during the process as well as talk about MEDA’s future plans to help economic developers be prepared to counter varying opinions of the profession and its practices.
Sue Lackey

2:10 p.m. Networking Break

2:25 p.m. MSHDA Update
Making Michigan a better home is their top priority, so engaging in community economic development activity naturally falls under their umbrella. Hear the latest activities from MSHDA that will have an impact on economic development in the near future.
Earl Poleski, Executive Director, Michigan State Housing Development Authority

3:00 p.m. MDOT Update
Transportation never stops being a major issue for Michigan; whether it be new automotive technology, workforce, or infrastructure. Get the latest outlook from the State’s transportation leader.
Kirk T. Steudle, P.E., Director, Michigan Department of Transportation

3:35 p.m. Gubernatorial Candidate’s Vision for Michigan’s Future
After leading a major public health initiative in Detroit, Abdul is ready to lead our state. What would he prescribe for the health of Michigan as a whole?
Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Former Health Commissioner for the City of Detroit, Democrat Gubernatorial Candidate

4:05 p.m. Adjournment

Legislators Attending

The following members of Michigan's legislature and RSVP'd for this program. We appreciate their support!

  • Representative Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, M.Ed - District 8
  • Representative Stephanie Chang - District 6
  • Representative Erika Geiss - District 12
  • Representative Patrick Green - District 28
  • Representative Tim Kelly - District 94
  • Representative Leslie Love - District 10
  • Representative Peter J. Lucido - District 36
  • Representative Terry Sabo - District 92
  • Representative Scott VanSingel - District 100
  • Representative Hank Vaupel (staff) - District 47
  • Senator Ian Conyers - District 4
  • Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood - District 6


Early Registration: MEDA Members $105/Non-Members $175

Regular Registration (starts at midnight one week before program): MEDA Members $120/Non-Members $190

Legislators are welcome to attend complimentarily, but we ask that they RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. One staff person can be sent in place of the legislator. Staff receive MEDA member rate if they attend with the legislator.

NEW for this event: Board of Directors or City Council members can attend at the membership rate. We have modified the registration form so they can indicate their status and receive the reduced rate.

Recertification Credits

This event has been approved for (1) continuing education credit 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 is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts towards the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).


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