Michigan Economic Developers Association - Your Partner in Growing Your Community

MEDA Events


MEDA holds education, training, and networking events throughout the year so economic developers can get the latest on programs and services for business, community and job growth, build their skillset, take classes for professional certification, and grow their network. MEDA's members receive a discount to a majority of our events.

MEDA's annual offerings include our Annual Meeting, Capitol Day, Emerging Leaders Spring Program, Economic Development Basic Course, International Economic Development Council's (IEDC's) Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) courses, and the Spring and Fall Economic Development Toolbox programs.

Every two to three years, or based on demand, we hold the National Development Council's (NDC'S) Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification series.

As needed, we hold regional programs and webinars.

Submit A Session Idea

You can submit a session idea to MEDA at any time using this form. Review the guidelines before submitting.

MEDA Happy Hours

NEW! Happy Hour for MEDA Members

MEDA is offering free networking webinars to MEDA Members.

Job Placement

MEDA's job placement program is for both companies looking to fill a position and for professionals looking to find a job in an economic development field.

Our members are alerted of each job posting electronically. In addition, the job posting is featured in our weekly e-newsletter and in the Member Resources area of our website for the duration of time that the company requests.

The strength of MEDA's committees lies in the participation of its members. Participation is rewarding and gives members the opportunity to support the economic development industry as well as network with their peers.

Read more: MEDA Committees and Taskforces

MEDA Emerging Leaders Network

MEDA EL LogoThe Michigan Economic Developers Association Emerging Leaders Network is a member-driven organization that supports early-career economic developers and helps them to excel in their field by providing them with the tools and opportunities to be successful through training, mentoring, networking and outreach.

Recognizing the need for a conduit to connect young professionals in economic development, MEDAYP was established in 2013. Over time, the group began to show a stronger presence of early-career professionals rather than those fitting within a specific age range. It was also recognized that the economic development community seemed to form relationships despite age. Therefore, MEDAYP morphed into Emerging Leaders in order to meet the needs of the MEDA membership.

MEDA Members

  • Join the Emerging Leaders Group now and be the first to receive notice of training, networking events and other opportunities!
  • Make a bigger investment in your MEDA Membership by joining the Emerging Leaders Committee to plan events and engagement. TIP: Commitment is rewarding, builds your network, and increases your chances of receiving scholarships.
  • Consider yourself an established leader and want to help others? Volunteer to be a mentor!

Non-MEDA Members

  • Join the Emerging Leaders Group mailing list by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We invite anyone with an active interest in economic development to participate. There may be an increased fee for some activities.

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MEDA Emerging Leaders Spring Training

Emerging Leaders for WebsiteThe Emerging Leaders Spring Training is a half-day program with topics that focus on the needs of early-career economic developers.

Attendees are able to learn from experienced leaders as well as build lasting relationships through networking.

Click here for more information on the 2020 Training, which will be held on April 23.


MEDA Mentorship Connection

Logo Text Color2xThe MEDA Emerging Leaders Network is pleased to offer the MEDA Mentorship Connection program, a volunteer program that allows emerging leaders in economic development the opportunity to spend time with a mentor to learn what to expect from this rewarding career choice! This is an ongoing program, so you can participate at any time. Everyone who participates will receive a coupon to attend a MEDA program.

MEDA's Vision

Leading Michigan’s economic development through education, networking, and advocacy on economic development.

MEDA’s Mission

To undertake education, networking, and advocacy on economic development for and in support of our members, partners and stakeholders.

The Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA), founded in 1960, exists to advance economic development throughout Michigan, and increase the individual member’s effectiveness in the economic development profession. The association’s goal is to provide a variety of services and programs which will enhance ability and skills in economic development. Please see Membership Services and Programs to learn about what is provided through membership in MEDA.

Through education, legislative updates, public relations and networking, MEDA makes it possible for economic development professionals statewide to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

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Contact Us

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

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