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2022 Holiday Networking Event

2022 Holiday Networking EventThis free event will be held on Friday, December 9th from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Cadillac Lodge in Detroit.

About the Event

2022 was a great year for MEDA. Let's celebrate with this unique opportunity to grow your network while supporting small businesses at the Downtown Detroit Markets.

Economic developers and their partners in community development, talent development, environmental, housing, etc. are invited to this casual afternoon of meeting and mingling.

Cost

Free to all. 

Date and Time

Friday, December 9th, 2022
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Location

Cadillac Lodge
Campus Martius Park
Detroit, MI

Cancellation Policy

While this is a free event, your 24-hour notice of cancellation is appreciated for our planning. Email Cassandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration

Educational Webinar: Site Selection - Strengthen Your Rural Strategy and General Best Practices

22 Site Selection Webinar GraphicPlease join us on Tuesday, December 6th from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. for a Zoom Webinar.

Session

This webinar provides a plethora of information and insights on site selection best practices. The Montrose Groups’ Rural Corporate Site Selection Guide is a framework for a successful approach to growing or expanding high-wage job creation and capital investment in rural areas. It includes substantial research on over 300 local and state economic development incentive programs.

For projects of all sizes, having the right information on hand, a direct and strong RFP, the right team, and proper tours can make a difference in landing a successful project or having a site eliminated very early on. Nicole Whitehead will share perspectives from practices around the state that will teach you what to add – and possibly remove – from your interactions with companies and site selectors.

Jamie Beier GrantDirector of Economic Development Planning, The Montrose Group, LLC

Nicole Whitehead, Site Development Director, Global Attraction and Development, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Thank You Sponsors

GIS WebTech

GIS WebTechGIS WebTech provides the most advanced technology solutions available for economic development and site selection. The company’s technology helps economic development organizations attract, retain, and expand businesses within their communities and helps corporate site selectors identify and analyze ideal locations. GIS WebTech is the fastest-growing provider in the market, and serves economic development organizations of all sizes, from small, rural communities to large states. GIS WebTech’s solutions are built natively on the Esri ArcGIS platform, the world’s most powerful mapping software, and include the most accurate demographic and workforce data available. For more information, please see www.giswebtech.com. Contact Ron Bertasi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Cost

MEDA Members: $25
You must be logged in to receive the member discount. If you do not know your user ID and password, contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Webinar Subscribers: $0 via subscriber discount code
Staff of organizations that are webinar subscribers can register for webinars for free using their organization's subscriber discount code. To become a Webinar Subscriber or to view a current list of subscribing organizations, click here. If you do not know your organization's subscriber discount code, contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Non-Members/Non-Subscribers: $40
You simply register without logging in or applying a code. If you are interested in the discounts mentioned above, see Join MEDA contact us at 517-241-0011 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Recertification Credits

This event has been approved for (.5) 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.

Registration

  1. Payment is required at registration. If you use a subscriber discount code to pay, be sure to complete the registration process (which ends with a thank you page).
  2. You will receive a confirmation email after registering with the Zoom link. We will also send the link again about 2 days before the webinar.
  3. Please register by Monday, December 5th at noon.
  4. We will open dial-in 15 minutes before the start of the webinar.

Cancellation Policy: You must notify This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of your cancellation 24 hours in advance of the webinar on Monday, December 5th at 10:00 a.m. in order to receive a refund.

Know and Grow Networking Event for Economic Development Pros and Emerging Leaders

22 Know Grow NetworkingThis free event will be held on Monday, September 19th from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the Nuthouse in Lansing.

About the Event

Just a simple, complimentary networking event for Michigan's economic development community. 

Economic developers and their partners in community development, talent development, environmental, housing, etc. are invited to this casual afternoon of meeting and mingling.

As relationships are vital to successful economic development, Basic Course attendees, as well students that are interested in an economic development career are strongly encouraged to attend.

Cost

Free to all. 

NOTE: This event is in conjunction with Michigan's Economic Development Basic Course, so you will not need to register for this if you are already attending that training. We will remind you!

Date and Time

Monday, September 19, 2022
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.

Location

Nuthouse Sports Grill
420 E. Michigan Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933

Cancellation Policy

While this is a free event, your 24-hour notice of cancellation is appreciated for our planning. Email Cassandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration

2023 Annual Meeting Committee Sponsorship Portal

Email Template

Cassandra will update this email template (and the linked webpages) regularly so you can just copy/paste, add your own personality, and send it.

Email Template -

The Annual Meeting Committee of the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) has been hard at work planning the Association's 2023 Annual Meeting. The conference will be held August 13 – 16, 2023, at the Northern Center at Northern Michigan University in loverly Marquette.

The success of the Annual Meeting strongly depends on the backing of key partner organizations like yours that support the economic development community. MEDA - a 501(c)3 nonprofit - has levels of sponsorship designed to meet the needs of various organizations with several opportunities for recognition through printed marketing, website promotion, and most importantly, the opportunity to support vital training for Michigan’s economic development community.

I invite you to review the following web pages to learn more –

Our goal is to be able to provide tentative agenda for the conference in January of 2023 in case you need a bit more information to decide your level of support.

If you are interested in sponsoring, you can complete the commitment form or email me.

I look forward to hearing from you! Please contact me if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

Optional Add: I have copied MEDA's Director of Marketing, Communications, and Administration, Cassandra Jorae This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to help answer questions about MEDA, sponsorship, or the conference.

Potential Sponsors

Use the list linked below to help generate ideas. The list has a mixture of past sponsors over several years as well as companies that we think would make great sponsors for MEDA.

NOTE: The list is only updated during fundraising season (January - May), so if you see a company that you would like to try and you have another contact person, reach out to your contact.

How to Win a Free Registration

  • See the Excel Spreadsheet “AM Sponsorship 2020, 2021, 2022.”
  • If you confirm sponsors from outside of that list to the value of $1,000, you get a free registration.
  • OR, if you confirm a sponsor on that list and convince them to UPGRADE to the value of $1,000, you get a free registration.
    • For example, if you confirm a Friends of MEDA ($600) from 2020 to upgrade to a Silver ($1,600) or Gold Sponsor ($3,000), that will qualify.

FAQ’s About Free Registration

  • Getting sponsorship from your own company does not qualify.
  • The free registration covers registration fees only, which include education, breakfasts, lunch, and receptions.
    • It does not cover hotel, events with additional fees such as tours, guest fees, or self-pay events such as meetups.

Tips:

  • Start making your list of ideas now.
  • You can start asking for interest at any time.
  • Let me know who you plan to contact so I can update the report below for the entire Committee to check at any time.
  • Heavy outreach needs to begin occurring in January and February.
  • The biggest months for confirming sponsors are March and April.
  • The average approval time for a sponsor is 2 weeks between the initial ask, follow-ups, needing approval on their end, and getting confirmation.
  • Most sponsors are confirmed via email.
  • I can provide any follow-ups. Feel free to copy me on emails to sponsors if you want me to follow up.

Sponsorship Report

SECTION 1 - 2023 Current Sponsors

Annual Meeting Sponsors

  • Detroit Regional Partnership (Bronze)
  • Michigan Works! Association (Breakfast/Coffee)
  • Warner Norcross + Judd LLP (Opening Reception)

CURRENT TOTAL: $4,400

A name in parenthesis after a company name indicates who has committed to contacting the company.

SECTION 2 - Regular Sponsors Very Likely to Sponsor

Cassandra will begin soft outreach in December if Committee has not already expressed interest in contacting.

  • AKT Peerless $3,000
  • Agracel $600
  • Ann Arbor SPARK $3,000
  • Battle Creek Unlimited $600
  • Butzel Long $1,000
  • Colliers International $600
  • Employee Ownership Expansion Network $1,600
  • Envirologic Technologies $1,600
  • Granger Construction $1,200
  • GreenStone Farm Credit Services $600
  • InvestUP $600
  • ITC $1,600
  • Macomb County Planning and Economic Development $1,200
  • McKenna $1,600
  • MDARD $1,200
  • Michigan Gas Utilities $600
  • Middle Michigan Development Corp. $600
  • Norfolk Southern Corp. $600
  • Northern Lakes Economic Alliance $600
  • Pioneer Construction $600
  • PM Environmental $1,600
  • RACER Trust $600

ESTIMATE (BASED ON THEIR PAST CONTRIBUTION) $33,000

SECTION 3 - Past Sponsors that Have Expressed Interest

  • Bedrock (Cassandra)
  • CIB Planning (Cassandra) $1,200
  • Comcast (Cassandra) $3,000
  • Consumers Energy (Cassandra)
  • DTE Energy (Cassandra)
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Cassandra)
  • Oakland County, Economic Development and Community Affairs (Cassandra) $1,600
  • Travel Marquette (Cassandra) $3,000 - subject to application approval

ESTIMATE (BASED ON THEIR PAST CONTRIBUTION) $7,800

SECTION 4 - Potential New Sponsors that Have Expressed Interest

  • MyMITV (Cassandra) $600

ESTIMATE (IF ALL GIVE FRIENDS) $600

SECTION 5 - Committee is Contacting

  • Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! (Ryan) $600
  • CW Planning (Justin) $600

ESTIMATE (IF ALL GIVE FRIENDS OR TYPICAL AMOUNT) $1,200

SECTION 6 - Speakers

ESTIMATE (IF ALL GIVE FRIENDS)

TOTAL ESTIMATE $45,800

OTHER IDEAS FOR GETTING TO $62,000

SECTION 7 - Sponsored in Past/Would Like to Get Back (from 2020-2022 list)

Cassandra will begin soft outreach in December if Committee has not already expressed interest in contacting.

  • Abonmarche
  • Albert Kahn Associates
  • Antero Group
  • Clark Communications
  • Cornerstone Alliance
  • Farbman Group
  • Fourth Economy
  • Gibbs Planning Group
  • GIS WebTech
  • Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance
  • Hoyden Creative Group
  • Indiana Michigan Power
  • International Strategic Management (ISM)
  • Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)
  • LoopNet/CoStar
  • Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.
  • Member Marketplace, Inc.
  • MiBiz
  • Michigan's URC - focused on conferences with a lot of workforce development topics on the agenda
  • Midland Business Alliance
  • OHM Advisors
  • Progressive AE
  • Public Sector Consultants

SECTION 8 - 2019 Sponsors

Corporate
Consumers Energy - Section 3
DTE Energy - Section 3
Michigan Economic Development Corporation - Section 3
Mid-America Economic Development Council

Awards Reception
Upper Peninsula Collaborative Development Council

Gold
Ann Arbor SPARK - Section 2
Laborers’ International Union of North America - Local 1329
Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) - Section 7
Northern Michigan University
Travel Marquette - Section 3

Lunch
Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation

Opening Reception
Michigan Technological University

Silver
AKT Peerless Environmental and Energy Services - Section 2
Detroit Regional Partnership - Section 2
Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission/Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation
Enbridge
Envirologic Technologies, Inc. - Section 2
ITC, A Fortis Company - Section 2
Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development - Section 2
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Section 2
Northern Initiatives
Oakland County, Economic Development and Community Affairs - Section 3
PM Environmental - Section 2
Rudolph Libbe Group - Section 2
Site Selection Magazine - Section 2
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP - Section 1

Bronze
American Transmission Co.
Indiana Michigan Power - Section 7
McKenna - Section 2
U.P. Building Trades Council

Conference Bag
Michigan’s University Research Corridor - Section 7

Breakfast/Coffee
Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance
Upper Peninsula Construction Council

Tour
Lake Superior Community Partnership

Friends of MEDA
Butzel Long - Section 2
Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission
Emsi
GreenStone Farm Credit Services - Section 2
Innovate Marquette SmartZone
InvestUP - Section 2
Luce County Economic Development Corporation
Michigan Gas Utilities - Section 2
Norfolk Southern - Section 2
Pictured Rocks Cruises
RACER Trust - Section 2
Saginaw Future, Inc. - Section 2
Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership - Section 2
The Right Place, Inc. - Section 2
UPward Talent Council/Michigan Works!
Via Rail Engineering

SECTION 9 - Other Potentials

NOT LIKELY OR SAID NO ALREADY

SECTION 10 - Likely Location-Based (from 2020-2022 list)

Cassandra will try and follow up once, but not spend too much time. If someone else wants to try, you are welcome to.

  • Amway
  • Array of Engineers
  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Downtown Detroit Partnership
  • Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Gourdie Fraser
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!
  • Greater Muskegon Economic Development
  • Lakeshore Advantage
  • MSU College of Human Medicine
  • Networks Northwest
  • Perrigo

SECTION 11 - Have Said No for This Year OR Not Responding

Creative Solutions for Funding Your Economic Development Organization

22 AM Creative Solutions EDO FundingThis session will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2022, at the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit Hotel. 

Session

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Creative Funding Solutions for Your EDO
Meet with fellow practitioners to discuss ideas on funding your EDO.
Clint Nessmith, Chief Executive Officer, Resource Development Group (RDG)

Lunch provided.

Thank You Sponsors

Resource Development Group

Resource Development GroupResource Development Group (RDG) is a fundraising consulting firm specifically focused on capital campaign management for economic development programming and initiatives. In addition to capital campaign management, they conduct feasibility studies; best practice research and implementation; and board and organizational restructuring. Their client base includes chambers of commerce and economic development organizations throughout the United States. RDG is based in Columbus, Ohio, with offices in Atlanta and Statesboro, Georgia, Fort Worth, Texas, and Hendersonville, North Carolina. While their real job is to provide professional campaign counsel, their mission is to help your non-profit organization elevate! Over the past 25 + years, RDG has managed over 200 client engagements, generating over two billion dollars in operating and project revenue for our clients.

Cost

Registration: MEDA Members $40/Non-Members: $60

Free for MEDA Annual Meeting Attendees. If you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, register here.

Recertification Credits

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.

Registration

Cancellations must be received in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 24 hours prior to the event in order to receive a refund. Attendees who do not attend or cancel will be charged the full registration fee.

Corporate Sponsors

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Website Sponsor

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Contact Us

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

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