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MEDA Emerging Leaders Spring Training

Emerging Leaders for WebsiteThis yearly event will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019, at the Michigan Municipal League's Lansing Offices.

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.

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8:30 a.m. Registration Opens

9:00 a.m. Connecting with Elected Officials
Connecting with elected officials can be a major driver for your career and a benefit to your community. Learning their perspective early can help you develop best practices that fit your style and are mutually beneficial. Get tips on how to work with your various elected officials to get the job done.
Senator Ken Horn, 32nd District

9:40 a.m. Networking Break

9:50 a.m. Manners Still Matter: Etiquette Training
We were all familiar with “mind your manners” as children, but we learn as adults that simple acts and gestures can have an impact on how potentially strong connections might gauge our capabilities during networking events or professional dinners. Get plenty of advice on how to interact and build relationships as well as how to retain those relationships after dessert.
Cindy Brown, Vice President, Talent Development, The Right Place, Inc.

10:30 a.m. Networking Break

10:40 a.m. Learning the Developer’s Lingo
As an economic developer, you’re going to work with real estate developers and it’s going to seem like they speak a completely different langue at first. Knowing what they mean can enhance a conversation and move a project along.
Paul Hoge, Senior Vice President, Principal, Signature Associates
Doug Manix, President, Kirco/Manix Construction

11:20 a.m. Networking Break

11:30 a.m. Massaging Your Message; Quickly!
You have a well-deserved opportunity to present to your organization’s leadership team. Knowing it will take hours to prepare, how do you best use that time for a clear and high-impact message that is strong enough to fill a full appointment and still rock a reduced timeslot? Learn more on this approach and how to increase success by relating these opportunities to your organization’s business and brand strategies.
Sarah Stanley, CEO, Hoyden Creative

12:10 p.m. Networking Lunch

12:40 p.m. Communicating with the Public
Getting the stakeholders in our communities on board with our projects is essential, but it doesn’t always come easy, even when the project seems like a win/win. How do you communicate value to them? How do you deal with the naysayers? While there is not a “cure all” for this struggle, there are some tips and tricks that can help you to overcome these barriers in your work.
Kara Sokol, Director of Communications, City of Ferndale
Jordan Twardy, Community and Economic Development Director, City of Ferndale

1:20 p.m. Adjourn


Early Registration: MEDA Members $55/Non-Members $65

Regular Registration (starts at midnight one week before the program): MEDA Members $70/Non-Members $80

If you joined MEDA in the last 12 months, you may still have an unused New Member Coupon that would cover the cost of this entire training. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check!

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.


**Please note that while the content of this program is geared toward emerging leaders, anyone that feels a need for this training can attend.

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