2021 Annual Meeting
Michigan is a resilient state, and its business community has wasted no time turning the challenges brought forth in 2020 into new pathways for rebuilding the economy.
Economic developers were instrumental in providing resources to businesses through the tough times and will continue to lead businesses, communities, and the workforce through the new landscape.
Through increased equity initiatives, continued work in advancing our broadband infrastructure, adaptations of the supply chain, and much more, the economic development community in Michigan is already building up our resilience for anything that may come in the future.
MEDA's biggest education and networking event of the year is its Annual Meeting. This conference includes educational sessions covering the most important economic development topics and issues of the time as well as several networking opportunities. Join us in Grand Rapids for education and networking with your partners in growing your community!
NEW! COVID Safety Precautions - Mask Requirement
Due to the recent circumstances of the Delta Variant and the CDC reporting a "high" risk of COVID-19 infection in Kent County, MI, masks will be required at MEDA's Annual Meeting. Masks will be required during all sessions and events, with the exception of when eating and drinking, for all attendees and speakers.
We had hoped this would not be necessary as we gather at the 2021 Annual Meeting, but we wanted to "err on the side of caution."
Click here to read our COVID Safety Precautions page.
Agenda, Activities, and Speakers
Location, Hotel Reservations, and Travel Plans
Thank You Sponsors
Thank You Committee
MEDA is proud to accept nominations for awards that honor hard-working economic developers. Award nominations can be submitted at any time, but to be considered for the 2021 Annual Meeting, the form must be submitted to MEDA by June 30.
- MEDA Medalist of the Year
- Emerging Star Award
- Mike Conboy Professional Development Award
- Robert Sieghart Award for Enthusiasm for the Economic Development Profession
To learn about the qualifications, access the nomination forms, and view past winners, visit our Awards Page.
Early Rates - MEDA Members $315*/Non-Members $425**
Regular Rates - MEDA Members $330*/Non-Members $440** (Starts on August 16th)
Guest (spouse, children, etc.) Fees
Early Arrivals Reception: $35
Opening Reception: $50
Awards Reception: $50
This event qualifies for continuing education credits for Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council (NDC). Use the form on this page to claim your credit.
This event has been recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).
If you have any questions, visit our Contact MEDA page.