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MEDA Emerging Leaders Spring Program

Emerging Leaders for WebsiteThis yearly event will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Michigan Municipal League's Lansing Offices.

This special half-day is created by emerging leaders in economic development for their peers. Sessions will let you to better understand core areas of economic development down to the terminology used by the well-versed.

In order to develop the best conference, a volunteer committee of MEDA members meets regularly to plan this event and other programs and services for emerging leaders in economic development. Click here to learn more about the Emerging Leaders Committee.

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If you would like to support the development of successful economic developers early in their career, see this page for more details!


This year's Program focuses on learning from experience as well as professional development. Get constructive feedback from businesses about their experiences working the economic developers. Become more confident about engaging your board and stakeholders. Take home tips on success from experienced economic developers and learn how to avoid potentially unethical situations. Sign up and be ready to take notes!

8:30 a.m. Registration Opens

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Sponsorship Address - SME

9:05 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Our Economic Development Experience
Company representatives will talk about their experience working with the economic development community. What did they like, what would they change, and what would they have not been able to do without at economic developer (or team) on their side?
Moderator: Stephanie Carroll, Manager, Business Development & Community Relations, City of Auburn Hills
Panelists: Matthew J. Farrell, CEO/Co-Founder, CORE Partners
John Grettenberger, Jr., CEO, LorAnn Oils Inc.
Joe Neal, President and Owner, 2SP

9:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Networking Break

10:05 a.m.  10:10 a.m. Sponsorship Address - Antero Group

10:10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Engaging Your Board in Strategic Planning
Creating, modifying, implementing, and tracking the success of, a strategic plan is a team effort between an economic development agency, its board of directors, and other stakeholders. Those individuals may have other ideas for what is best, as well as day jobs of their own. What are some effective strategies for getting your board to play a role in the process throughout the year?
Rob Cleveland, CEcD, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Alliance

10:55 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Networking Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learning from Established Leaders
A group of respected economic developers from communities around Michigan will share their experiences, how the landscape has changed, what they foresee, and their suggestions for preparing for your career for success.
Moderator: Nik Banda, Deputy City Manager/Community & Economic Development Director, City of Rochester
Panelists: Justin Horvath, CEcD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
Malinda Jensen, Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
Don Schurr, Retired Gratiot County Economic Developer

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Time to Get Lunch

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Economic Development Ethics
Gaining familiarity with economic development ethics policies is substantial for a healthy career. Learn what is expected regarding professional conduct in the profession.
Tim Robinson, CEcD, EDFP, Director of Operations, Lenawee Now

1:00 p.m. Adjourn


Early Registration: MEDA Members $50/Non-Members $60

Regular Registration (starts at midnight one week before the program): MEDA Members $65/Non-Members $75

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.


**Please note that while the content of this program is geared toward emerging leaders, anyone that feels a need for this training can attend.

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