Michigan Economic Developers Association

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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 and 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 about 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 Program

medayp spring education eventThank you to everyone who attended our 2017 Spring Program on April 11th in Lansing!

Thank you to the sponsors: Signature Associates and SME

Thank you to the Committee who helped put the program together.

Finally, thank you to all of the speakers that took the time to share your knowledge with the MEDA's Emerging Leaders Network!

Get Hired for a Day

Get Hired MentorsThe MEDA Emerging Leaders Network is pleased to offer the Get Hired for a Day Program, a volunteer program that allows emerging leaders engaged in economic development the opportunity to spend time with a Mentor to learn what to expect from this rewarding career choice! WHAT'S NEW? This is now an ongoing program, so you can apply at any time. We have also added a coupon to attend a MEDA program for all participants.

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