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2022 Annual Meeting Agenda

Finding the right solution to ongoing challenges sometimes involves getting your creative juices flowing by combining ideas with proven solutions or trying something completely new. This year’s Annual Meeting will address challenges and present ways that the economic development community is, or could be, addressing them.

You’ll hear feedback on generating local economic development activity that can spark your community’s creative vibe, learn about opportunities for creative collaboration with our nearest international neighbors in Canada, gauge how other states are addressing the site development dilemma, and much more!

Join us in Detroit for MEDA’s 2022 Annual Meeting for a fresh look and perspective on economic development strategy. Experience places that were developed because of minds with unique visions. Share ideas with new friends and catch up with partners.

Together, we can achieve prosperity for Michigan as we’ve never seen before!

Monday, August 22nd

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Early Arrivals Reception at Warner Norcross + Judd’s Detroit Office
Join MEDA’s Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and staff for this light-hearted networking reception.
Free to attendees - Guest Fee: $35

Tuesday, August 23rd

2:00 to 5:30 p.m. Conference Registration
Conference registration is not only for checking in, but also for picking up your materials, paying if you have not, asking any questions that you have, and networking with fellow attendees as they arrive.

2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Concurrent Tours

>> Bedrock “Creative Spaces” Tour
When you’re just driving around Detroit, you don’t get to see some of the hidden gems that are inside the buildings. Bedrock has transformed many Detroit properties into spaces that you cannot find anywhere else. Put on your walking shoes and go through Campus Martius Park, visit Rock Security Command Center, enjoy the view from the Madison Building, and much more all while hearing about the creative process that went into these unique projects.
$25/person for attendees and guests

>> Equitable & Inclusive Economic Development Solutions through the Lens of Detroit's Strategic Neighborhood Initiative Tour
Tour Detroit's historic Avenue of Fashion, Live6 and Fitzgerald neighborhood(s) as we highlight District 2 specific outcomes from Detroit's city-wide Strategic Neighborhood Initiative including commercial corridor improvements, locally owned business redevelopment projects, affordable housing rehabs and community inspired greenspaces.
$25/person for attendees and guests

6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception at the Belle Isle Aquarium
The recently renovated Belle Isle Aquarium houses aquatic species from the Great Lakes and waters all around the world. Enjoy the unique offerings of nature while you connect with old friends, make new ones, and get excited about the conference at our Opening Reception.
Free to attendees - Guest Fee: $50

Wednesday, August 24th

8:00 a.m. Registration Opens

8:15 a.m. Attendee Welcome
Maureen Donohue Krauss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Partnership
Kevin Johnson, President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan

8:30 a.m. Creative Ways to Generate Economic Development Activity in Your Community
Large events can benefit not only the community they are held in but also surrounding communities, entire regions, and even the state as a whole. What goes into planning these events? How can you leverage attendance for economic development?
Moderator: Dave Lorenz, Vice President, Travel Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Panelists: Rod Alberts, Executive Director, Detroit Auto Dealers Association and the North American International Auto Show
Dan Casey, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County
Mark Hollis, Chief Operating Officer, Rock Ventures LLC
Kat Paye, Executive Director, National Cherry Festival

10:00 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 a.m. TEDTalks: Creative Ways to Generate Economic Development Activity in Your Community
Communities throughout Michigan create events that not only enliven the residents within but bring attendees from surrounding communities. Learn about some creative events and how they came together. What was the economic impact, how was it measured, and how can you leverage special event attendance for economic development?
Gwen Auwerda, Executive Director, Tulip Time
Letty Azar, Vice President of Community and Government Affairs, Penske Corporation

Karen Delhey, Executive Director, The Guild of Artists & Artisans
Todd Fenton, Deputy City Manager, City of Royal Oak
Amber Taylor, Executive Director, Back to the Bricks
Tracey Tucker, Economic Enhancement Director, Flint Township
Mari Vaydik, Vice President, Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association

11:30 p.m. Lunch and Membership Meeting

12:30 p.m. Creative Solutions for Economic Development Challenges
Of the challenges faced when working to attract business to our state, housing, utility rates, workforce/talent, and incentives are commonly noted. Speakers will go in-depth on approaches and then answer your questions about the creative solutions.
Moderator: Gabe Rodriguez-Garriga, Vice President for Strategy, Business Leaders for Michigan
Panelists: Jill Ferrari, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Renovare
Quentin Messer Jr., Chief Executive & Economic Competitiveness Officer - Chair, Michigan Strategic Fund, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Nicole Sherard-Freeman, Group Executive of Jobs, Economy & Detroit at Work at City of Detroit
Tony Tomczak, Vice President, Electric Sales and Marketing, DTE Energy

2:15 p.m. Networking Break

2:30 p.m. Creative Collaboration with Canada
A panel of experts will discuss Michigan’s strong partnership with Canada and the many opportunities to build on that strength, especially when the Gordy Howe Bridge is complete. What are the top things to know when it comes to the Michigan/Canada relationship?
Moderator: Kurt M. Brauer, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
Panelists: Britany Affolter-Caine, Executive Director, Michigan’s University Research Corridor
Paul Krepps, Senior Foreign Direct Investment Consultant – Canada, India & U.S., Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Others TBD

3:45 p.m. Adjourn

4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Concurrent Tours

>> Self-Guided Tours
Enjoy the culture and fun of the city of Detroit and surrounding communities by going on a self-guided tour during your free time. The Committee has selected some great places for you to visit. Information will be at the registration table.

>> Detroit “Award Winning Creativity” Riverfront Bike Tour
The Detroit International Riverfront has been transformed into a year-round center of recreation and activity and was recently voted the #1 Riverwalk in the U.S. by USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice Awards. Join your fellow economic developers on a bike tour of the sights and sounds that this adventure has to offer.
$15/person for attendees and guests

5:00 to 6:15 p.m. Emerging Leaders Happy Hour at Queens Bar Detroit
New leaders continue to emerge in economic development. We need to know each other! Please come to Queens Bar for a casual meet-up to grow your connections.

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Awards Reception at One Campus Martius
This night is for recognizing economic developers that have a rich history of contribution to the profession and a proven record of accomplishment as well as one that is showing great promise for future success. Enjoy a wonderful view of the city, including the progress of the Hudson's site. The awards presented include MEDA Medalist of the Year, Mike Conboy Professional Development, President’s, Emerging Star, and Robert Sieghart Award. See our Awards page for more information on past winners and nominations.
Free to attendees - Guest Fee: $50

8:00 p.m. Afterglow in Campus Martius Park
After celebrating extraordinary economic developers, make your way downstairs and across the way to Campus Martius Park and enjoy an afterglow hosted by the Downtown Detroit Partnership in conjunction with their 100th Anniversary Celebration for drinks, dessert, and valuable networking. Take a pic with a Grand Prix show car!

Thursday, August 25th

8:00 a.m. Registration Opens

8:30 a.m. Exploring Creative Solutions to Industrial Site Readiness in Michigan
A frank discussion on enhancing industrial site readiness strategies our communities.
Moderator: Maureen Donohue Krauss, President and Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Regional Partnership
Panelists: Terri L. Fitzpatrick, Executive Vice President and Chief Real Estate and Global Attraction Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Justin Robinson, Vice President, Business Attraction, Detroit Regional Partnership
Phil Rudolph Jr., Vice President of Business Development, Rudolph Libbe Companies

10:00 a.m. Networking Break

10:15 a.m. Creative Ways to Prepare for the Future of Mobility
As the automotive industry transitions from internal combustion engines to electric vehicles, the things to consider for staying on top of the transition are growing. The workforce, availability of raw materials, capabilities of suppliers, planes, scooters, and green hydrogen are just some of the concerns and opportunities among communities, businesses, and economic developers. Get feedback from industry experts on what is taking place around the state and country and the possibilities for making the transition as smooth as possible
Moderator: Glenn Stevens, Director, MICHAUTO, Detroit Regional Chamber
Panelists: Komal Doshi, Director of Mobility Programs, Ann Arbor SPARK
Kristin Dziczek, Policy Advisor for ICE to EV Transition, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Kevin Mull, Business Development - Mobility Solutions, Robert Bosch LLC

Bernard Swiecki, Director, Automotive Communities Partnership, and Director-Research, Center for Automotive Research

11:25 a.m. Short Break

11:30 a.m. Site Consultant Panel - Creative Solutions for Building Michigan’s Competitiveness
Every state has been impacted by massive challenges over the last couple of years and some are mending faster than others. Site consultants can be our window to the current state of economic development around the country. These site consultants will provide their take on what Michigan needs to do to remain competitive.
Moderator: Susan Proctor, Strategic Initiatives Director, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Panelists: Lindsey Cannon, Director, Quest Site Solutions
Larry Gigerich, Executive Managing Director, Ginovus
Bradley Migdal, Executive Managing Director, Cushman and Wakefield

12:45 p.m. General Adjournment

** Bonus Session **

1:00 p.m. Creative Funding Solutions for Your EDO
After learning about the creative solutions for growing your community, stick around and meet with fellow practitioners for ideas on funding your EDO.
Clint Nessmith, Chief Executive Officer, Resource Development Group (RDG)

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