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2019 Annual Meeting Activities

19 AM Brochure CoverAside from providing the latest educational content for Michigan's economic development community, the Annual Meeting will provide several opportunities for networking as well as for learning while enjoying an experience outside of the typical meeting room setting.

The activities are listed in the order that they appear on the agenda. Some of the activities on Tuesday night and Wednesday take place before conference registration opens on Wednesday, August 14th at 2:00 p.m., so this section, and our Travel Plans page, should help you plan accordingly. If you have any questions, contact Cassandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Tuesday, August 13th

6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Early Arrivals Reception at Landmark Inn

Join MEDA’s Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and Staff for this light-hearted networking reception in a 90-year-old, newly-revamped boutique hotel that you just have to see to believe.

The Early Arrivals Reception is included for registered attendees. You can bring a guest (spouse, friend, colleague) for $35.

Wednesday, August 14th

11:00 a.m. Golf Meetup at the Marquette Golf Club – Heritage Course

Golf2If you are looking for a truly enjoyable golf experience on a course that is surrounded by unforgettable scenery, as well as a chance to have a great time with your economic development partners, this meetup is for you.

The Golf Meetup is self-pay. To sign up or to ask questions, contact Lois Ellis, 906-360-4653 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. This is an 18-hole scramble with 4-person teams. You can register a team or Lois can place you on a team. The cost to play is $47/person and includes a cart.

12:15 – 3:15 p.m. PotlatchDeltic Lumber Mill Tour

Even the most basic of our natural resources, trees, need the best of talent and logistics to be produced and distributed to meet customer demand. PotlatchDeltic not only uses technology in manufacturing, but also works to sustain the valuable timberlands that are under their care in seven states. During the Gwinn Lumber Mill tour, you will learn about their history, their talent, and see their highly technical scanning, sorting, and sawing processes.

This tour is limited to 32 attendees. Attendees must wear flat bottom shoes, full-length pants, all accessories must be tucked in, and hair up or tucked in.

12:20 – 3:45 p.m. Tilden Mine Tour
There is a waiting list for the Tilden Mine Tour. Contact Cassandra at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. so be added to the list.

Visit the only operating iron ore mine in the Upper Peninsula. Learn about the historical process of extracting these natural resources, which are shipped on the Great Lakes, turned into steel, and put into Ford trucks; all done right in Michigan! Hear the history, view the plant, and overlook the open pit mine for a truly unique experience.

This tour is limited to 32 attendees. Cleveland-Cliffs requires that all participants adhere to a strict dress code. Closed toe, flat soled shoes must be worn. No high heels or sandals are permitted. Long pant to the top of shoes must be worn. No dresses, skirts, shorts, or capris are permitted. Shirts or blouses with sleeves must be worn. The shoulders must be covered. Anyone not appropriately dressed will not be permitted to take the guided tour of the mine.

The above tours are $15 per person for attendees or guests.

5:00 – 6:30 p.m. Opening Reception at Ore Dock Brewing Company

Ore Dock Brewing Company upper community room 2016 8Located in the heart of downtown Marquette is the Ore Dock Brewing Company, a “Superior Sourced” craft beer maker, whose building still displays Marquette’s historical architecture. In addition, the location serves as a community meeting space and gives artists a chance to share their work. Connect with old friends, make new ones, and get excited about the conference at our Opening Reception.

The Opening Reception is included for registered attendees. You can bring a guest (spouse, friend, colleague) for $50.

Thursday, August 15th

2:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Walking Tour of Downtown Marquette

Take your education outside and learn about the intriguing history of Downtown Marquette. Join the DDA Director for an informational and historic tour of Marquette’s vibrant downtown, including renovations, staple businesses, and new projects that add to this already boosting atmosphere.

This is a FREE tour in which you self-transport to a designated location to start the tour at 2:45. Instructions will be given closer to the event.

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Awards Reception at the Marquette Regional History Center

This night is for recognizing economic developers that have a rich history of contribution to the profession and a proven track record of success.

The Marquette Regional History Center will be the perfect setting for our awards ceremony. The awards presented include MEDA Medalist of the Year, Mike Conboy Professional Development, Robert Sieghart, and President's Award. See this page for details on how to nominate a deserving individual.

The Awards Reception is included for registered attendees. You can bring a guest (spouse, friend, colleague) for $50.

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