MEDA Emerging Leaders Spring Training
This yearly event will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2023, at the MML office in Lansing.
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.
8:00 a.m. Registration Opens
8:30 a.m. Growing Digital and Broadband Access for Equity and Inclusion
This session will focus on how broadband access contributes to equity and inclusion. How can access be approached at a holistic level? How do we create a digital ecosystem?
Autumn Evans, Deputy Director, Digital Inclusion, City of Detroit
Allie Herkenroder, Digital Equity Director, Michigan High-Speed Internet Office
9:30 a.m. Coffee Break
9:45 a.m. Networking & Professional Etiquette
As networking is one of the most important economic development components, get advice on freshening up your networking skills and make sure you are not breaking any etiquette laws.
Cindy Brown, Employer Development Manager, Grand Valley State University
10:45 a.m. Networking Break
11:05 a.m. Growing as an Emerging Leader in Economic Development
Gain perspective from already recognized emerging leaders in economic development as to how their career started in economic development; how they became recognized, met expectations, and what you can expect as you grow in your career.
Moderator: Zach Morris, EDFP, Executive Director, Market Van Buren
Panelists: Keyra Cokley, Managing Partner, Reaching Across Communities with Economics (RACE)
Jake Eckholm, Director of Development Services, City of Muskegon
Sam Fountain, Economic and Community Development Director, Mundy Township
12:15 p.m. Break/Grab Your Lunch
12:35 p.m. The Next Two Years
Learn how economic developers, EDO’s, and communities, can position themselves in the next two years given the newly elected legislature. What can we expect?
Moderator: Rusty Merchant, Partner, McAlvey, Merchant & Associates
Barb Farrah, Lobbyist, Governmental Consultant Services, Inc.
Chris Fisher, Partner, Midwest Strategy Group
Kate Skaggs, Partner, The WinMatt Group
1:30 p.m. Adjourn
Thanking Our Sponsors
Network. Security. Community. Merit’s Mission is connecting organizations and building community. We provide networking, security, and community services to member organizations that help make our society a better place to learn, discover, work and live – while upholding the principles of an open internet.
You Can Still Sponsor This Event
Emerging Leaders Spring Training Sponsorship Package ($500)
- (1) Complimentary Registration
- Electronic Mailing List of Attendees
- Introduce Speakers (optional)
- Logo on Event Emails
- Logo on Event Handouts
- Logo on Event Rotating Banner on MEDA Homepage
- Logo on Program Webpage with Description, and Contact Information
- Opportunity to Address the Audience
- Social Media Promotion
- Sponsorship Screen Display with Logo and Contact Information
Early Rates - MEDA Members: $70*/Non-Members: $80**
Regular Rates - MEDA Members $85*/Non-Members $95** (Starts on April 13)
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.