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Make Your Travel Plans for MEDA's 2021 Annual Meeting

The links below will help you get to Grand Rapids and make plans for your free time before, during, and after the conference.

Basic Conference Schedule

Sunday, August 22nd

  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Early Arrivals Reception

Monday, August 23rd

  • 2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Conference Registration
  • Concurrent Tours - CANCELLED 8/3 - See the Enjoy Yourself section below for ideas of great things to do in Grand Rapids.
  • NEW! 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Emerging Leaders Happy Hour
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Opening Reception

Tuesday, August 24th

  • 7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. - Education and Networking
  • Concurrent Tours - CANCELLED 8/3 - See the Enjoy Yourself section below for ideas of great things to do in Grand Rapids.
  • 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Awards Reception

Wednesday, August 25th

  • 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Education and Networking
  • 1:00 p.m. - Adjournment

Enjoy Yourself

Visit the Experience Grand Rapids website for things to do, places to eat, places to shop, recreational activities, and much more!

Here are some ideas for your free time before, during, or after the conference:

Ride an Autonomous Vehicle from May Mobility for Free

As a bonus to your visit to Grand Rapids for the Annual Meeting, you can enjoy a ride on one of May Mobility’s autonomous vehicles for free.

  • There are three vehicles in the service area and this service is open to the public, so it is best if you book your ride on the app.
    • Download the following app to book a time using this page.
    • The app will direct you to the nearest pick-up.
    • The app will give you directions to your destination upon dropping you off if your destination is not on the stop.
  • Please be aware that peak times for this service include 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. therefore wait times could be longer than normal.
  • The service runs from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • The vehicle can hold up to 3 people.
  • There is an autonomous vehicle operator (AVO) on each drive.

Reserve Your Stay

Visit the Location and Hotel Reservations page to make your hotel reservation for the conference.

Driving to Grand Rapids

  • From Detroit - Approx. 2.5 hours, 160 miles
  • From Lansing - Approx. 1 hour, 68 miles
  • From Marquette - Approx. 6 hours, 400 miles
  • From Traverse City - Approx. 2.25 hours, 140 miles

Flying to Grand Rapids

 The Gerald R. Ford International Airport serves the Grand Rapids area.


If you have any questions, visit our Contact MEDA page.

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