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Capitol Day

Michigan CapitolThis event will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at the Lansing Center in Downtown 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 level.

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 receive MEDA member rate if they attend with the legislator.

Legislators on RSVP List

  • Representative Jim Haadsma - Distric 62 (staff)
  • Representative Padma Kuppa - District 41
  • Representative Tim Sneller - District 50
  • Representative Scott VanSingel - District 100
  • Senator Rosemary Bayer - District 12 (staff)
  • Senator John Bizon, M.D. - District 19 (staff)
  • Senator Ken Horn - District 32

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Agenda subject to change due to the unpredictable nature of legislative schedules.

8:30 a.m. Registration Opens

9:00 a.m. Really Off the Record
Join the longest-serving political journalist in state history as he informs and entertains on what’s happening with a Democratic Governor and a GOP Legislature, and how it will impact your life.
Tim Skubick, Senior Capitol Correspondent

10:00 a.m. Networking Break

10:10 a.m. The Really Big Picture
Congressman John Moolenaar has a big role. The leader of Michigan's 4th District not only represents a district that spans several counties in Michigan, he is also part of the House Committee on Appropriations. He will share the current activity related to economic development that could, or will, impact Michigan.
Congressman John Moolenaar, Michigan’s Fourth Congressional District

10:40 a.m. Networking Break

11:50 a.m. Coming Together to Move Michigan Forward
Three leaders who have worked with the previous administration will share their insight into how economic development initiatives will move forward with a new balance of power. What do they think Michigan needs to do to be competitive in retaining, growing, and attracting business, and what policies need to be put in place to make that happen?
Moderator: Dennis Muchmore, Government Relations and Regulatory Advisor Leader, Government Relations and Regulatory Practice Group, Honigman Business Law Firm
PanelistsRepresentative Sara Cambensy, 109th District
Representative Darrin Camilleri, 23rd District
Representative Ben Frederick, 85th District

11:50 a.m. Lunch and Membership Meeting

12:50 p.m. Keys to Successful Opportunity Zones
Opportunity Zones are a federal benefit to those investing in designated low income census tracts. The benefit allows tax payers to deposit their capital gains in Opportunity Funds that will then provide equity financing to projects located in Zones. The key to success is how local organizations work together to identify potential projects and market them to Opportunity Funds. Learn how the Zones work, what qualifies, combinable incentives, tips for maximum utilization, and more.
Gary Heidel, Chief Housing Investment Officer, Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA)
Lori Mullins, Director of Community Development Incentives, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)

1:40 p.m. Networking Break

1:50 p.m. Creating Communities that Can Attract and Retain Talent
Michigan Future’s new report “A path to good-paying careers for all Michiganders: Creating places across Michigan where people want to live and work,” outlines why a welcoming environment, strong regional partnerships, infrastructure, and other placemaking components, are more likely to attract companies than having low business taxes. Hear a synopsis of the findings as well as policy shifts that need to take place to create more desirable locations.
Lou Glazer, President, Michigan Future, Inc.

2:40 p.m. Networking Break

2:50 p.m. What We Need to Succeed
They say the more things change, the more they stay the same. Does that still hold in these unpredictable times? Regional CEO’s from across the state will discuss what they need from their legislators, constituents, and partners as they continue to face the struggles of negative perception in conjunction with the challenges of a changing administration. In short, what do they need to be successful?
Marty Fittante, CEO, InvestUP
Birgit M. Klohs, President & CEO, The Right Place, Inc.
Barry I. Matherly, CEcD, FM, HLM, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership

3:50 p.m. Adjournment


Early Registration: MEDA Members $110/Non-Members $180

If you joined in the last 12 months, you might still have an unused New Member Coupon! Ask This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Regular Registration (starts at midnight one week before the program): MEDA Members $125/Non-Members $195

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!


There are a limited number of "run of house" (type can be requested, but it not guaranteed) rooms available for $135.95++/night. For a guarantee of that rate, reserve before January 29, 2019. To reserve, call 800-333-3333 or visit www.radisson.com/lansingmi and use code 2MEDA9.

Recertification Credits

This program 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.

We have applied with the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) so Capitol Day can be recognized as a professional development event that counts towards the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcDs).


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Developers Association
P.O. Box 15096
Lansing, MI 48901-5096
PH: 517-241-0011

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