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Capitol Day

Michigan Capitol BuildingThis event will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022, at the Lansing Center in Lansing.

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. One staff person can be sent in place of the legislator. Staff receives the MEDA member rate if they attend with the legislator.

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.

Agenda

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.

2021 ended on a good policy status for economic development with the introduction of programs for site and critical industry development. Capitol Day will provide a space for conversation with our legislative leaders so they can continue to support the areas of your work that are most vital toward continued recovery in your communities.

Gubernatorial candidates have been invited to share their thoughts and ideas on Michigan’s economic development landscape.

8:30 a.m. Registration Opens

9:00 a.m. MI New Economy
The plan to remake Michigan’s future by growing the middle class, supporting small businesses, and investing in our communities is moving forward. Hear the latest proposals and initiatives so you can leverage the success for your economic development strategy.
Susan Corbin, Director, Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity

9:30 a.m. Networking Break

9:40 a.m. Commerce and Tourism Committee
Discuss their initiatives, how the local economic development community can support them, and give the attendees the opportunity to share their ideas and concerns.
Moderator: Dave Lorenz, Vice President, Travel Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
Panelists: Representative Pauline Wendzel (R) Committee Chair, 79th District
Representative Sara Cambensy (D) Minority Vice Chair, 109th District

10:20 a.m. Break

10:25 a.m. Kevin Rinke (R) Gubernatorial Candidate
Discuss his thoughts on moving Michigan forward, particularly how he sees economic developers as playing a role.

10:55 a.m. Networking Break

11:05 a.m. MEDA Advocacy Subcommittee Updates

11:15 a.m. Championing Strong Economic Development Policy at the Capitol
Rusty Merchant, Partner, McAlvey, Merchant & Associates

11:45 a.m. Networking Break

12:00 p.m. MEDC Update
Discuss their strategies for 2022 to partner with local economic developers to attract and retain companies and talent.
Quentin L. Messer, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (virtual)

12:30 p.m. Lunch/Membership Meeting/Legislative Economic Development Champion Awards Ceremony 

2:00 p.m. Economic and Small Business Development Committee
Discuss their initiatives, how the local economic development community can support them, and give the attendees the opportunity to share their ideas and concerns.
Moderator: Kurt M. Brauer, Attorney/Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd
Panelists: Senator Ken Horn (R) Committee Chair, 32nd District
Senator Mallory McMorrow (D) Minority Vice Chair, 13th District

3:00 p.m. Networking Break 

3:10 p.m. James E. Craig (R) Gubernatorial Candidate
Discuss his thoughts on moving Michigan forward, particularly how he sees economic developers as playing a role.

3:40 p.m. Short Break

3:50 p.m. Adjourn

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.

2022 Legislative Economic Development Champions

The following Michigan legislators – all nominated by members of MEDA – will receive a Legislative Economic Development Champion Award, which recognizes them for championing economic development initiatives both locally and statewide.

This is the third time that MEDA has offered the Legislative Economic Development Champion Award (see past winners here) and is happy to present the award to Representatives and Senators that sponsored legislation to create new economic development tools.

2022 Recipients

Representative Joseph Bellino (R) - District 17
Representative Julie Calley (R) - District 87
Representative Ben Frederick (R) - District 85
Representative Jack O’Malley (R) - District 101
Senator Kimberly Lasata (R) - District 21
Senator Aric Nesbitt (R) - District 26
Senator Curtis VanderWall (R) - District 35
Senator Roger Victory (R) - District 30

The legislators have been notified of their selection for the award and we will update this webpage with the ones that can attend to accept their award.

Will Be Present to Accept Award

All of the legislators have very busy schedules the day of the event and are working on their ability to attend.

Currently -
Confirmed: Representative Joseph Bellino (R) - District 17
Confirmed: Senator Roger Victory (R) - District 30

Tentative: Representative Julie Calley (R) - District 87 (likely sending someone to accept on her behalf)
Tentative: Representative Ben Frederick (R) - District 85 (likely sending someone to accept on his behalf)
Tentative: Representative Jack O’Malley (R) - District 101 (likely sending someone to accept on his behalf)
Tentative: Senator Aric Nesbitt (R) - District 26 (likely sending someone to accept on his behalf)
Tentative: Senator Curtis VanderWall (R) - District 35 (likely sending someone to accept on his behalf)

Sends Regrets: Senator Kimberly Lasata (R) - District 21 (likely sending someone to accept on her behalf)

ITC FortisThanking Our Sponsors

Thank you ITC for sponsoring Capitol Day. ITC Holdings Corp. is the largest independent electricity transmission company in the United States. ITC provides transmission grid solutions to improve reliability, expand access to markets, allow new generating resources to interconnect to its systems and lower the overall cost of delivered energy. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to connect with ITC today.

Cost

Early Rates - MEDA Members $125*/Non-Members $195** 
Regular Rates - MEDA Members $140*/Non-Members $210** (Starts February 24th)

*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).

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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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