MEDA Emerging Leaders Spring Training
This yearly event will be held on Thursday, April 21, 2022, at the MML office in Lansing.
This special half-day is created by emerging leaders in economic development for their peers. Sessions will let you to better understand core areas of economic development down to the terminology used by the well-versed.
In order to develop the best conference, a volunteer committee of MEDA members meets regularly to plan this event and other programs and services for emerging leaders in economic development. Click here to learn more about the Emerging Leaders Committee.
Thank You Sponsors
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***Please note that while the content of this program is geared toward emerging leaders, anyone that feels a need for this training can attend.***
8:30 a.m. Registration Opens
9:00 a.m. Fundamental Economic Development Incentives
Some economic development services and programs have been around for a long time and are still vital in growing businesses as well as improving communities. What are the most important things that you need to know about them to make the best use of them in your work?
Josh Hundt, Executive Vice President, Chief Business Development Officer, Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)
Michele Wildman, Senior Vice President, Community Development, MEDC
9:40 a.m. Break
9:50 a.m. Your Role in Talent Acquisition and Retention
Get fresh insight on the economic developer’s role in talent attraction in today’s environment.
Jennifer Llewellyn, Manager, Oakland County Workforce Development and Director, Oakland County Michigan Works!
10:30 a.m. Break
10:40 a.m. Harnessing Talent Programs
Talent programs around the state work to match companies with available workers. Learn about a few unique programs including a state internship program, a new program targeted towards the food and agriculture industry, and more. Also, hear feedback about how you can most efficiently use the programs to help your local companies find qualified workers.
Moderator: Jennifer Llewellyn, Manager, Oakland County Workforce Development and Director, Oakland County Michigan Works!
Panelists: Ashley Batteen, Recruitment, Professional Development, and DEI Officer, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development
Ben Ernst, Program Manager, Michigan STEM Forward, Ann Arbor SPARK
Michele Economou Ureste, MPA, Executive Director, Workforce Intelligence Network (WIN) / SEMCA
11:20 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m. Federal Legislation Update
Over the last couple of years, federal programs and services has been vital in helping business in our state. Hear the latest about the Build Back Better and American Rescue Plan Act as well as how funding is being utilized in our state.
Mike Krombeen, Partner, Midwest Strategy Group
12:10 p.m. Break/Grab Your Lunch
12:20 p.m. Your Role in Site Readiness
Site readiness has been an important topic of discussion in Michigan economic development groups recently. Do you, as an emerging leader, fully understand site readiness as well as your role in the process?
Luke Bonner, CEO, Bonner Advisory Group
Will Butler, Senior Business Development Manager, Detroit Regional Partnership
Nicole Whitehead, Business Operations Director, MEDC
1:30 p.m. Adjourn
You Can Sponsor This Event
Emerging Leaders Spring Training Sponsorship Package ($500)
- (1) Complimentary Registration
- Electronic Mailing List of Attendees
- Introduce Speakers (optional)
- Logo on Event Emails
- Logo on Event Handouts
- Logo on Event Rotating Banner on MEDA Homepage
- Logo on Program Webpage with Description, and Contact Information
- Opportunity to Address the Audience
- Social Media Promotion
- Sponsorship Screen Display with Logo and Contact Information
Early Rates - MEDA Members: $65*/Non-Members: $75**
Regular Rates - MEDA Members $80*/Non-Members $90** (Starts on April 14)
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.