The Leading Voice for Economic Developers in Michigan
MEDA Membership Services & Programs
MEDA provides educational programs to both members and non-members in a variety of areas specific to economic development. Members receive a reduced rate for attendance at all MEDA educational programs.
Education, Training and Networking Opportunities
MEDA's regular education and networking offerings include our Annual Meeting, Capitol Day, Emerging Leaders Spring Program, Economic Development Basic Course, Economic Development Methods and Strategies Book, and the Spring and Fall Economic Development Toolbox Programs. As needed, we hold regional programs, national certification courses and webinars. See our list of upcoming events for a description of the opportunities. From environmental issues marketing to technology affecting economic development, MEDA provides the answers.
Economic Development Basic Course
MEDA has partnered with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and Western Michigan University to offer the Economic Development Basic Course. This 4-day course is a comprehensive educational opportunity with focus on the critical areas of economic development. For those seeking national certification, the Economic Development Basic Course is the first requirement to become a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD). CEcD certification through the IEDC is recognized by organizations nationwide, denoting a mastery of principal skill in economic development, professional accomplishment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. The course is particularly beneficial to those with less than five years of experience, or to those looking to tie up loose ends in their economic development knowledge.
To keep members informed on what's happening in economic development and to give members a voice in the Association, MEDA has membership meetings in conjunction with our educational programs. Members are updated on the finances of the Association and on all of the activities of the various committees. On a regular basis, they are also being updated on what's happening in various state agencies.
Through on-going efforts, MEDA is increasing awareness of the role members play in economic development in the state. A Public Relations Kit is available on the Research and Information page of our website for members to aid them in working with the media.
MEDA Members receive a password for access to the "Member Exclusives" area of this website. Here, they can search the membership database, view job postings, keep up-to-date on economic development related legislation and download economic development research reports and studies.
E-News and E-Legislative Updates
Upon joining, members immediately start receiving our weekly E-Update newsletter. This newsletter provides information on State agency programs, education and networking opportunities, legislative action, and job openings as well as other news that effects the economic development community.
MEDA provides a unique opportunity to network on a regular basis with peers and experts in the field of economic development. At our Education, Training and Networking offerings, there are many opportunities to share insight into economic development with old friends and new acquaintances.
Committee and Taskforce Participation
Volunteering on a committee or taskforce is not only rewarding and good for resume and networking development, it is also a requirement for receiving scholarships and increases a members' chances of being on the Board of Directors. MEDA has active committees and forms taskforces when needed to not only address issues and provide services to our membership, but to expand members' knowledge and provide opportunities for them to build relationships.
Help a Fellow MEDA Member
Using our mass mailing system, members can request help from other economic developers on various topics and receive instant responses. Business attraction plans, facade financing and commercial rehabilitation are just some of the topics that your fellow MEDA members will be able to give you direction, guidance, application examples and advice - and there is no extra fee for this service!
Around 50 economic development position openings are advertised through MEDA every year. Job posting updates can be found in either our weekly newsletter, emailed every Monday, or in the "Member Exclusives" area of the MEDA website.
Available for anyone interested in economic development in Michigan, MEDA has Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter pages where we provide and share the latest-breaking economic development news. These sites are also a great place for members to discuss and share ideas with each other.
State Agency Networking
Through our membership meetings, legislative forum, annual meeting and other conferences, you will be able to speak with a variety of state agency staff to get up-to-the-minute information and feedback on state programs.
On an on-going basis, MEDA keeps its members aware of the latest status of key legislative initiatives impacting economic development.
MEDA’s Advocacy Committee is working to raise MEDA’s profile among the Michigan Legislature to become a resource for them as they develop laws related to economic development. MEDA Members can join the Committee, respond to surveys, participate in focus groups, volunteer to meet with their local legislators on matters important to MEDA and much more.
This conference, typically held in February, 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 and legislative staff to discuss issues specific to their community or region. MEDA Members receive a reduce rate for attendance at this program.
Delivered directly to their email in the weekly E-Update, legislative updates help members stay on top of economic development-related legislation. Articles appear in MEDA's E-Update newsletter on a regular basis, analyzing the effects of legislation on economic development. MEDA membership meetings provide updates on what is happening at the State Capitol. Legislation can also be found under the “Members Exclusives” area of the MEDA website. If members can’t find bills that you are looking for, they can simply contact the MEDA staff.
Other Programs and Services
Certified Business Park (CBP) Program
MEDA knows that location and quality in investment is an important aspect of successful economic development and business growth. To help see that quality space is available for companies looking to locate in Michigan business parks, MEDA administers the Certified Business Park program on behalf of the State. The CBP program recognizes outstanding business parks throughout Michigan based on a set of standards put in place by experienced economic development officials. Qualifying parks receive enhanced marketing opportunities and in some cases the ability to capture taxes for infrastructure improvements among other benefits. Parks are inspected regularly for compliance to see that they are meeting the established guidelines.
MEDA Members that meet the eligibility requirements are able to post properties on the CPIX web site. CPIX.net is a statewide commercial property information exchange (CIE) created by the Commercial Board of Realtors (CBOR) and provides searching and marketing capabilities to the entire commercial real estate industry. CPIX.net is the first CIE in the country to create a relationship with a state economic development group (MEDC) and has also extended the relationship to many counties and cities across Michigan. CPIX also provides marketing on a national level but the focus remains on Michigan's specific needs. Learn more by clicking the CPIX link above.
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