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2022 Annual Meeting Activities

Aside 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.


Early Arrivals ResizedMonday, August 22nd

5:00 to 6:30 p.m. Early Arrivals Reception at Warner Norcross + Judd's Detroit Offices
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

dPOPInteriors 20190802 0962:30 to 5:30 p.m. 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

2:30 to 5:30 p.m. 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

Belle Aquarium 16:00 to 7:30 p.m. Opening Reception at 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

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

4:00 to 6:00 p.m. 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 - Limited to 30

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.

HudsonsSite Construction 20220404 0096:30 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.
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!


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