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Why Economic Development

Economic developers are often tasked with answering the question of exactly what it is that they do. The answer is not always simple because they use a variety of methods to meet their goals. This page provides a simple explanation to the purpose of this great profession.

buildingsWhat is Economic Development?

Economic development is attracting and growing businesses, creating and retaining jobs, and making our communities a better place to live.

Why is Economic Development Important?

Attracting and growing businesses strengthens our economy providing locally-produced goods and services. Strong businesses pay taxes that go for vital services such as schools, roads, fire, and police. Businesses also provide good jobs that put money in people’s pockets and allow for a higher quality of life.

What is the impact of economic development?

Economic development has a lasting impact on a community. Job providers purchase goods and services they need to operate, and their workers purchase goods and services they need to live. Money changes hands many times as it flows through the local economy and creates overall prosperity enjoyed by all citizens.

What are other benefits of economic development?

  • Economic development has a major impact on the places where we live, work and play. Putting vacant or abandoned buildings and land back into productive use is a major function of economic development. This helps keep businesses located in urban areas where sewer, water, and other services are already present.
  • Economic development retains and attracts talented people. Communities that provide quality jobs and great places to live and work are a magnet for folks of all ages. As a result, these places have a strong future.
  • Economic development also fosters the entrepreneurial spirit that resides in our creative and ambitious citizens. By providing access to ideas, investment and expert advice new companies can be created to help assure Michigan’s economy stays innovative and diverse.

What is an Economic Developer?

What is an Economic DeveloperEconomic developers are professionals within a community that use various tools to stimulate economic growth while maximizing the best interests of the entire community and finding mutually beneficial solutions for all parties concerned.

How do Economic Developers attract and grow businesses to strengthen our economies?

Economic developers work jointly with businesses, developers and government to promote economic growth. They are well versed in business assistance, marketing and knowledgeable regarding federal, state and local programs.

How does an Economic Developer make a difference in my Community?

Businesses are always faced with decisions of where and how to invest their limited funds to be more successful. These funds are often borrowed from banks and investors who expect a return on their investment. Communities benefit from economic development and are quite often willing to help lower a business’s initial investment costs or taxes. Economic developers understand how these private investment decisions are made and work to make sure the decision is good for both the business and the community.

What tools do Economic Developers use to create Economic Development?

There are many factors that come into play when private investment decisions are made. Economic developers use tools such as incentives to reduce business costs which results in more investment in the community and creates benefits for both the private and public sectors.  

How do Economic Developers ensure the use of incentives is in the public’s best interest and businesses are held accountable for the promises they make?

The public sector makes the decision to approve the type and use of incentives. These decisions are based upon the desire to benefit the public. Economic development incentives are a valuable tool that can provide the state and local communities with a positive return on their investment. Economic developers are experts in the use of incentives and forging agreements to between businesses and government to ensure the results are mutually beneficial to all.  

How can I find one to help me and/or my community?

The staff of the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) is happy to help connect you with an economic developer to help with your economic growth project. Also see the Michigan Economic Development Directory, full of MEDA members and partners that are ready to help you succeed in Michigan!

Additional Resources

Read the What is Economic Development, Exactly? blog by Karl Dorshimer, CEcD, EDFP, Director, Economic Development, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)

View the Promoting Economic Development and Economic Developers in Michigan PowerPoint, created by MEDA's Advocacy Committee.

Any Questions?

Further inquiries on the subject can be made to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling our main line: 517-241-0011.

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Clickner Appointed Chair of the IEDC Performance Oversight and Monitoring Committee


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Detroit Offers Room to Grow in Pitch for Amazon Headquarters

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Oakland County Breaks Single Year Record, Brings in Over $1 Billion in New Investments


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Mopar Opens $10M Center in Romulus, Expected to Create 100 Jobs


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About MEDA

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 that will enhance ability and skills in economic development.

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

Our Vision

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

Our Mission

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

Sponsor MEDA

Sponsor for WebpageSponsoring MEDA will provide maximum exposure to Michigan's economic development community for your organization and its services, thereby creating new customers and building new relationships that will enhance your business growth.

Sponsoring MEDA also shows your support for the strength of Michigan's economy as the opportunities support professional development that helps economic developers to be more efficient and effective in their work.

If you do business with any of the following, please consider MEDA Sponsorship:

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

How to Sponsor

If you and your company have decided that you would like to sponsor, please call MEDA at 517-241-0011 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank You Sponsors

2018 Sponsors

2017 Sponsors

A Benefit for All

With any sponsorship package that you select, your name remains on our website for two years via the two pages above.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Corporate Sponsorship

Corporate packages support the Association’s goals throughout the year and provide exclusive benefits.


Recognition and Benefits

  • Logo on Each Page of MEDA Website
  • Logo on Event Handouts for All Events
  • Sponsorship Sign at All Events as Corporate Sponsor
  • Sponsorship of Annual Meeting
    • Annual Meeting Website
    • Electronic Mailing List of Attendees
    • Exhibit Table
    • Event Emails
    • Main Brochure
    • Onsite Brochure
    • Social Media Promotion
    • Sponsorship Sign

SELECT ($6,000)

Additional Benefits

  • 3 Individual Memberships

ELITE ($13,000)

Additional Benefits

  • 5 Individual Memberships
  • 5 Complimentary Registrations to All Educational Programs*
  • 2 Economic Development Basic Course Scholarships

Additional Recognition

  • Listing on all MEDA Membership Newsletters
  • Listing on all Job Postings
  • Listing on all Help A MEDA Member Requests

Additional Annual Meeting Sponsor Benefits

  • Opportunity to Address Audience

*Excludes MEDA-hosted courses for nationally-recognized certification, such as IEDC and NDC certification courses.

Annual Meeting Sponsorship

Enjoy the opportunity to meet, greet, and generate new business, by sponsoring our premier event, which brings our members together for 3 days to learn, brainstorm, and network. A variety of economic development topics are covered, and nationally recognized experts are featured to give participants the latest information.

*If you would like to sponsor specific portion - such as a session - please contact us.


All 2019 Annual Meeting Sponsors Get Basic Level Benefits



  • Annual Meeting Website Listing
  • Emails – 4 to 5 emails sent to over 4,000 contacts
  • Main Brochure – Mailed to over 6,000 contacts
  • Name Badges – Identifier as sponsor on name badge for all company employees
  • Onsite Brochure – Provided to all conference attendees and speakers
  • Social Media Promotion – Post Recognizing Contribution
  • Sponsorship Sign – Displayed prominently throughout conference – in all rooms and during receptions – as rotating desktop background

ENHANCED LEVELS (Includes Exhibit Booth)

Ehananced Levels Include Basic Level and Additional Benefits/Recognition

GOLD ($3,000)

Additional Benefits

  • 1 Complimentary Registration
  • 1 Complimentary Membership

Additional Recognition

  • Opportunity to Address Audience
  • Opportunity to Distribute Materials*
  • Electronic Mailing List of Attendees
  • Exhibit Table

*Distributed materials and their placement must be approved by MEDA staff prior to the conference.

SILVER ($1,600)

Additional Benefits

  • 1 Complimentary Registration

Additional Recognition

  • Electronic Mailing List of Attendees
  • Exhibit Table


Other Opporunities Include Basic Level and Additional Benefits/Recognition

LUNCH ($2,000) – 1 spot

Additional Benefits

  • 1 Complimentary Registration

Additional Recognition

  • Electronic Mailing List of Attendees
  • Exclusive Placement of Company Flyer and/or Giveaway on Tables

OPENING RECEPTION ($2,000) – 1 spot

Additional Benefits

  • 1 Complimentary Registration

Additional Recognition

  • Electronic Mailing List of Attendees
  • Welcome Attendees

CONFERENCE BAG ($1,200) – 1 spot

Additional Benefits

  • 1 Complimentary Registration

Additional Recognition

  • Logo on Bags Provided to All Attendees

BRONZE ($1,200)

Additional Benefits

  • 1 Complimentary Registration

Additional Recognition

  • Electronic Mailing List of Attendees


Additional Benefits

  • 1 Complimentary Registration

Additional Recognition

  • Breakfast/Coffee Clearly Labeled, Thanking Your Company

TOUR ($800)

Additional Recognition

  • Opportunity to Address Tour Audience

Membership Program Sponsorship*

MEDA has three, day-long programs that attract economic developers from around the state. Sponsoring these events provides meaningful engagement opportunities throughout the day.

CAPITOL DAY ($1,500)

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.



These events host sessions on a variety of components for economic development success: new tools and programs, updates to existing tools and programs, best practices, marketing, unique ideas, skill-building, and leadership. The agendas are unique to each program.

Benefits and Recognition

  • 1 Complimentary Registration
  • Opportunity to Address Audience
  • Electronic Mailing List of Attendees
  • Exhibit Table
  • Event Emails
  • Main Brochure
  • Event Handouts
  • Program Webpage
  • Social Media Promotion
  • Sponsorship Sign

*Limited to 4 sponsors per event.

Emerging Leaders Spring Program Sponsorship

The 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, and networking and outreach.

Get in touch with tomorrow’s leading economic developers by supporting the Emerging Leaders Spring Program.


Recognition and Benefits

  • Opportunity to Address Audience
  • Event Emails
  • Main Brochure
  • Event Handouts
  • Program Webpage
  • Social Media Promotion
  • Sponsorship Sign

Michigan's Economic Development Basic Course Sponsorship

MEDA makes it a priority to provide certification courses for the professional development of its members. The Basic Course, which is the first step in the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation through the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), attracts 30-45 economic developers each year for comprehensive training by experienced leaders. Supporting this event will provide scholarship(s) that would otherwise not be available to economic development professionals whose organizations have limited financial resources.


Recognition and Benefits

  • Press Release to Display Your Generosity for this Cause
  • Electronic Mailing List of Attendees
  • Event Emails
  • Main Brochure
  • Event Handouts
  • Program Webpage
  • Social Media Promotion
  • Sponsorship Sign

Networking and Knowledge Exchanges Sponsorship

MEDA’s Regional Networking and Knowledge Exchange events allow plenty of time for networking as well as an educational component so attendees receive the added value of information and resources to help do their job more efficiently and effectively.

There are typically two events per year and sponsorship of the events is separate.


Recognition and Benefits

  • Opportunity to Address Audience
  • Electronic Mailing List of Attendees
  • Event Emails
  • Event Handouts
  • Program Webpage
  • Social Media Promotion
  • Sponsorship Sign

*Subject to the cost of the event.

MEDA and CBP Website Sponsorship

Visibility is key in today’s digital world. MEDA provides the opportunity for companies and organization that want to connect with the economic development community to have a long-lasting presence on our website and the Michigan Certified Business Park (CBP) program website.

2018 Q4 Website Stats
The MEDA website has received 35,732 hits from January 1, 2018 – September 31, 2018. The CBP website has produced an additional 22,539 hits from January 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018.

2017 MEDA: 51,288                2017 CBP: 10,310
2016 MEDA: 54,342                2016 CBP: 10,754

2018 Q4 Social Media Stats

Twitter Followers: 1,774
LinkedIn Connections: 1,683
Facebook Followers: 620


Recognition and Benefits

  • Your logo, linking back to your company webpage, is placed on each page of the MEDA and CBP websites for 12 months.
  • We will provide a kickoff post on our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages announcing your sponsorship.

MEDA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit.


The Michigan Economic Developers Association exists to increase members' knowledge and understanding of economic development.

Since 1960, MEDA has provided services and programs that enable our members to be more effective in attracting and retaining business that provide quality employment for communities around the state. MEDA primarily focuses on giving members opportunities to learn, advocate, and network for the benefit of Michigan's economic growth. Our efforts help economic developers make Michigan a better place to work, live and play.

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

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