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2023 Annual Meeting Committee Sponsorship Portal

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The Annual Meeting Committee of the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) has been hard at work planning the Association's 2023 Annual Meeting. The conference will be held August 13 – 16, 2023, at the Northern Center at Northern Michigan University in loverly Marquette.

The success of the Annual Meeting strongly depends on the backing of key partner organizations like yours that support the economic development community. MEDA - a 501(c)3 nonprofit - has levels of sponsorship designed to meet the needs of various organizations with several opportunities for recognition through printed marketing, website promotion, and most importantly, the opportunity to support vital training for Michigan’s economic development community.

I invite you to review the following web pages to learn more –

Our goal is to be able to provide tentative agenda for the conference in January of 2023 in case you need a bit more information to decide your level of support.

If you are interested in sponsoring, you can complete the commitment form or email me.

I look forward to hearing from you! Please contact me if you have any questions.


Optional Add: I have copied MEDA's Director of Marketing, Communications, and Administration, Cassandra Jorae This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., to help answer questions about MEDA, sponsorship, or the conference.

Potential Sponsors

Use the list linked below to help generate ideas. The list has a mixture of past sponsors over several years as well as companies that we think would make great sponsors for MEDA.

NOTE: The list is only updated during fundraising season (January - May), so if you see a company that you would like to try and you have another contact person, reach out to your contact.

How to Win a Free Registration

  • See the Excel Spreadsheet “AM Sponsorship 2020, 2021, 2022.”
  • If you confirm sponsors from outside of that list to the value of $1,000, you get a free registration.
  • OR, if you confirm a sponsor on that list and convince them to UPGRADE to the value of $1,000, you get a free registration.
    • For example, if you confirm a Friends of MEDA ($600) from 2020 to upgrade to a Silver ($1,600) or Gold Sponsor ($3,000), that will qualify.

FAQ’s About Free Registration

  • Getting sponsorship from your own company does not qualify.
  • The free registration covers registration fees only, which include education, breakfasts, lunch, and receptions.
    • It does not cover hotel, events with additional fees such as tours, guest fees, or self-pay events such as meetups.


  • Start making your list of ideas now.
  • You can start asking for interest at any time.
  • Let me know who you plan to contact so I can update the report below for the entire Committee to check at any time.
  • Heavy outreach needs to begin occurring in January and February.
  • The biggest months for confirming sponsors are March and April.
  • The average approval time for a sponsor is 2 weeks between the initial ask, follow-ups, needing approval on their end, and getting confirmation.
  • Most sponsors are confirmed via email.
  • I can provide any follow-ups. Feel free to copy me on emails to sponsors if you want me to follow up.

Sponsorship Report

SECTION 1 - 2023 Current Sponsors

Annual Meeting Sponsors

  • Detroit Regional Partnership (Bronze)
  • Michigan Works! Association (Breakfast/Coffee)
  • Warner Norcross + Judd LLP (Opening Reception)


A name in parenthesis after a company name indicates who has committed to contacting the company.

SECTION 2 - Regular Sponsors Very Likely to Sponsor

Cassandra will begin soft outreach in December if Committee has not already expressed interest in contacting.

  • AKT Peerless $3,000
  • Agracel $600
  • Ann Arbor SPARK $3,000
  • Battle Creek Unlimited $600
  • Butzel Long $1,000
  • Colliers International $600
  • Employee Ownership Expansion Network $1,600
  • Envirologic Technologies $1,600
  • Granger Construction $1,200
  • GreenStone Farm Credit Services $600
  • InvestUP $600
  • ITC $1,600
  • Macomb County Planning and Economic Development $1,200
  • McKenna $1,600
  • MDARD $1,200
  • Michigan Gas Utilities $600
  • Middle Michigan Development Corp. $600
  • Norfolk Southern Corp. $600
  • Northern Lakes Economic Alliance $600
  • Pioneer Construction $600
  • PM Environmental $1,600
  • RACER Trust $600


SECTION 3 - Past Sponsors that Have Expressed Interest

  • Bedrock (Cassandra)
  • CIB Planning (Cassandra) $1,200
  • Comcast (Cassandra) $3,000
  • Consumers Energy (Cassandra)
  • DTE Energy (Cassandra)
  • Michigan Economic Development Corporation (Cassandra)
  • Oakland County, Economic Development and Community Affairs (Cassandra) $1,600
  • Travel Marquette (Cassandra) $3,000 - subject to application approval


SECTION 4 - Potential New Sponsors that Have Expressed Interest

  • MyMITV (Cassandra) $600


SECTION 5 - Committee is Contacting

  • Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! (Ryan) $600
  • CW Planning (Justin) $600


SECTION 6 - Speakers




SECTION 7 - Sponsored in Past/Would Like to Get Back (from 2020-2022 list)

Cassandra will begin soft outreach in December if Committee has not already expressed interest in contacting.

  • Abonmarche
  • Albert Kahn Associates
  • Antero Group
  • Clark Communications
  • Cornerstone Alliance
  • Farbman Group
  • Fourth Economy
  • Gibbs Planning Group
  • GIS WebTech
  • Great Lakes Bay Regional Alliance
  • Hoyden Creative Group
  • Indiana Michigan Power
  • International Strategic Management (ISM)
  • Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)
  • LoopNet/CoStar
  • Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.
  • Member Marketplace, Inc.
  • MiBiz
  • Michigan's URC - focused on conferences with a lot of workforce development topics on the agenda
  • Midland Business Alliance
  • OHM Advisors
  • Progressive AE
  • Public Sector Consultants

SECTION 8 - 2019 Sponsors

Consumers Energy - Section 3
DTE Energy - Section 3
Michigan Economic Development Corporation - Section 3
Mid-America Economic Development Council

Awards Reception
Upper Peninsula Collaborative Development Council

Ann Arbor SPARK - Section 2
Laborers’ International Union of North America - Local 1329
Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) - Section 7
Northern Michigan University
Travel Marquette - Section 3

Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation

Opening Reception
Michigan Technological University

AKT Peerless Environmental and Energy Services - Section 2
Detroit Regional Partnership - Section 2
Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission/Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation
Envirologic Technologies, Inc. - Section 2
ITC, A Fortis Company - Section 2
Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development - Section 2
Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development - Section 2
Northern Initiatives
Oakland County, Economic Development and Community Affairs - Section 3
PM Environmental - Section 2
Rudolph Libbe Group - Section 2
Site Selection Magazine - Section 2
Warner Norcross + Judd LLP - Section 1

American Transmission Co.
Indiana Michigan Power - Section 7
McKenna - Section 2
U.P. Building Trades Council

Conference Bag
Michigan’s University Research Corridor - Section 7

Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance
Upper Peninsula Construction Council

Lake Superior Community Partnership

Friends of MEDA
Butzel Long - Section 2
Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Regional Commission
GreenStone Farm Credit Services - Section 2
Innovate Marquette SmartZone
InvestUP - Section 2
Luce County Economic Development Corporation
Michigan Gas Utilities - Section 2
Norfolk Southern - Section 2
Pictured Rocks Cruises
RACER Trust - Section 2
Saginaw Future, Inc. - Section 2
Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership - Section 2
The Right Place, Inc. - Section 2
UPward Talent Council/Michigan Works!
Via Rail Engineering

SECTION 9 - Other Potentials


SECTION 10 - Likely Location-Based (from 2020-2022 list)

Cassandra will try and follow up once, but not spend too much time. If someone else wants to try, you are welcome to.

  • Amway
  • Array of Engineers
  • Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
  • Downtown Detroit Partnership
  • Downtown Grand Rapids
  • Gourdie Fraser
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Great Lakes Bay Michigan Works!
  • Greater Muskegon Economic Development
  • Lakeshore Advantage
  • MSU College of Human Medicine
  • Networks Northwest
  • Perrigo

SECTION 11 - Have Said No for This Year OR Not Responding


Corporate Sponsors

consumers-energy DTE Logo Small

Website Sponsor


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Lansing, MI 48901-5096
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