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Capitol Day

Michigan CapitolThis event will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, via Zoom.

Capitol Day is MEDA's annual legislative conference, which includes sessions on the latest legislative issues related to economic development at the local, state, and federal levels.

Capitol Day attendees are encouraged to invite their legislators to talk about the topics presented during the day or to talk about issues specific to their community. Legislators are welcome to attend complimentarily.

In order to develop the conference around the most important legislative issues of the time, MEDA's Advocacy Committee, a volunteer group of MEDA members, plans the agenda.

Invite Your Legislators

Legislators are welcome to attend complimentarily, but we ask that they RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. One staff person can be sent in place of the legislator. Staff receives the MEDA member rate if they attend with the legislator.

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Thank you ITC - A Fortis Company for sponsoring this event. ITC Holdings Corp. is the largest independent electricity transmission company in the U.S. – owner, and operator of high-voltage power transmission systems in seven states, with an eighth in development. ITC’s investments in power transmission infrastructure lower electricity costs, improve service reliability and safety, and increase economic activity and tax revenues for customers, stakeholders, and communities.


As MEDA’s annual legislative conference, Capitol Day is the event for learning about the latest legislative initiatives at the local, state, and federal levels that could impact economic development. This year, there is so much to consider given the dramatic impact that the pandemic had on our great state. Not only will we look at initiatives but will also consider changes at the State level because of those impacts as well as how health initiatives impact economic development.

8:15 a.m. Zoom Meeting Opens

8:30 a.m. State of the State Legislature
Hear from a senior editor at one of Michigan’s premier business news sources as to what he sees taking place at the Capitol that has emerged from the challenges brought forth in 2020 and what we might see in the year ahead.
Chad Livengood, Senior Editor, Politics and Policy, Crain’s Detroit Business

9:00 a.m. Networking Break

9:20 a.m. Post-Pandemic Economic Development Policy
Four MEDA 2020 Legislative Economic Development Champions from opposite sides of the aisle will discuss what they would like to see for economic growth as COVID-19 loses its hindering influence on Michigan. They will also touch on current and proposed policies and how they could impact economic development.
Moderator: Justin Horvath, CEcD, President and CEO, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
Panelist: State Representative Ben Frederick
State Representative Abdullah Hammoud
State Representative Steve Marino

10:20 a.m. Networking Break

10:40 a.m. Michigan Launch Initiative Discussion
The Michigan Launch Initiative (MLI) is a public/private non-profit entity that provides a collaborative platform for academia, industry, and governmental agencies to provide low earth orbit (LEO) and hypersonic launch technology for commercial and defense applications. The MLI’s priority is to organize industry partners to establish and operate satellite launch facilities and a command center in Michigan. The panel will focus on recent developments, economic opportunities for the entire state, and challenges and barriers to success.
Moderator: Kurt Brauer, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
Panelists: Gavin Brown, Executive Director, Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association
State Representative Joe Tate

11:40 a.m. Membership Meeting

11:50 a.m. Lunch

12:50 p.m. MEDC Update
The team at the MEDC worked hard to support businesses and communities during the challenges in 2020. What is the latest and how will it impact their budget, staff, and program offerings? What does the CEO foresee for 2021?
Amanda Bright McClanahan, Chief Operating Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

1:20 p.m. Networking Break

1:35 p.m. Meet the Economic Development Leaders for Michigan
The Economic Development Leaders for Michigan (EDLM) is a coalition of 12 leading regional economic development organizations throughout the state. Learn about the initiatives that they are advocating for in the coming year, such as Good Jobs for Michigan, and how you can partner with them.
Moderator: James McBryde, President & CEO, Middle Michigan Development Corporation
Panelists: JoAnn Crary, President, Saginaw Future Inc.
Kevin Johnson, President & CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Maureen Krauss, President & CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership

2:35 p.m. Networking Break 

2:50 p.m. Health and Economic Development
The recovery of our state depends upon several factors including vaccine distribution and continued monitoring. Learn about the current status of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as implications for businesses and the workforce due to the pandemic.
Natasha Bagdasarian, MD, MPH, Senior Public Health Physician, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

3:20 p.m. Adjourn


MEDA Members $90*/Non-Members $160**

*MEDA Members, if you joined in the last 12 months, you may still have a New Member Coupon that you can use to attend this program for free. Ask This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

**If not a member of MEDA, ask This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. how you can attend this program for free by joining MEDA.

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.

This event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

Co-Promotional Partners

Thank you Montrose Group, LLC, for partnering with MEDA to promote this event!


Once you register through MEDA, you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link. You must pre-register using that Zoom link in order to get the link to attend. This is done so we can provide breakout rooms during networking breaks.

Cancellations must be received in writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 24 hours in advance of the start time in order to receive a full refund. Those who do not cancel and do not attend will be charged the full price of registration.

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