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meda newsEach week, the MEDA staff sifts through several sources for news that is useful to our members, and that highlights the work of our members. MEDA members receive the news before it is posted to this page.

Headlines not only include good news about economic growth in Michigan, but also valuable reports, examples of the creative use of an economic development tool for a project, federal-level program updates, or economic outlooks and trends. MEDA Members in the News articles list the name of a MEDA member and tell about the work that they are doing to grow their community. The Economic Development Around the Word component is meant to give perspectives and ideas based on what is going on in other states or countries.

9/26/22

MDOT Partners with Electreon to Develop Larger Wireless In-road EV Charging System

U-M to Create $5.3M Advanced Mobility Supply Chain Transformation Center

Economic Development Resources
The State of Site Selection 2022

Pattern Book Homes for 21st Century Michigan

Missing Middle Housing Grant Program

USDA Awards $2.1 Million in Funding to Michigan for Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

9/23/22

MEDA Blog Post: Green Space Investments Spur Placemaking Economic Development

9/19/22

MI Future Mobility Plan Announced at Detroit Auto Show

MEDA Member News and Views
$11 Million Commercial-residential Development Coming to Downtown Grand Blanc - Featuring: Wendy Jean-Buhrer, City Manager, City of Grand Blanc, and Tyler Rossmaessler, Executive Director, Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance

Cornerstone Alliance - Berrien County Receive $2.6 Million through RAP Program - Featuring: Rob Cleveland, President and CEO, Cornerstone Alliance and Dan Fette, Director of Community Development, Berrien County

Economic Development Resources
National Economic Resilience Data Explorer (NERDE)

Revolving Loan Fund Learning Center

Neighborhood Enhancement Program (NEP) Round 8 Window is Now OPEN

Economic Development Around the World
A Data-sharing Approach for Greater Supply Chain Visibility

9/13/22

Olivia Blomstrom Recevies Second Birgit M. Klohs Fellowship Award

9/12/22

Economic Development Resources
U.S. Department of Commerce Invests Approximately $52.2 Million to Catalyze the Mobility Sector in Michigan Through American Rescue Plan Challenge

The Gilbert Family Foundation Launches $10M Venture 313 Program

How the U.S. Commercial Service’s International Partner Search Can Help your Company Export Internationally

Headlines
MDARD Rural Infrastructure Survey - Please Complete by September 23rd

Potential $375M Investment, 170 New Jobs Coming to Saginaw’s Hemlock Semiconductor

Michigan Grants Nearly $84M in Pandemic Aid to Community Projects Across the State

MEDA Member News and Views
The Right Place Debuts Tech Strategy for Greater Grand Rapids Region - Featuring: Randy Thelen, President and CEO, The Right Place, Inc.

8/26/22

Dana Plans $54.2 Million EV Battery Cooling Plant in Auburn Hills

Talent First Launches Rebrand, Talent Solutions Series 

MEDA Member News and Views
Michigan Invests $5M to Turn 3 Properties Into 'Build-ready' Mega Sites - Featuring: Bob Trezise, President and Chief Executive Officer, Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP)​​​​​​​

Economic Development Resources
Southwest Michigan Buyer-Supplier Meet & Match

Governor Whitmer Announces $2.8 million in Grants for Workforce Training to Get Michiganders Back to Work in Good-Paying Jobs

USDA Rural Development Innovation Center - Grant & Loan Funding Opportunities

Economic Development Around the World
Retrofitting Office Space to Attract Life Sciences Companies

Is Your Manufacturing Network an Anchor or a Sail?

8/26/22

Senator Ken Horn Receives Michigan Economic Developers Association's 2022 MEDA Medalist of the Year Award

Nicole Black Receives Michigan Economic Developers Association's 2022 Robert Sieghart Award for Enthusiasm for the Economic Development Profession

Luz Meza Receives Michigan Economic Developers Association's Emerging Star Award

Fred Zorn Received Michigan Economic Developers Association's 2022 President's Award

8/22/22

Going PRO Talent Fund Changes in Store for 2023 | WGRT

State and Federal Lawmakers Accelerate Northern Michigan Rail

Economic Development Resources
SSBCI 2.0 Funding Available for Small Businesses, High-Tech Startups

What to Know About the CHIPS Act

Whitmer Announces Investment in Downriver Small Businesses to Grow Regional Economy

Economic Development Around the World
Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin Join Whitmer's Lake Michigan EV Charging Circuit

Moody's Analytics - A Volatile First Half - What’s Next?

MEDA Member News and Views
$5.9M Housing Project Planned for Downtown Battle Creek

8/15/22

$4.5M to Redevelop Jackson’s Southside Coming from City 

Ford Motor Company and DTE Energy Announce the Largest Renewable Energy Purchase from a Utility in U.S. History

Five Site Selection Recommendations for Mega Projects

Economic Development Resources
Internet for All: Michigan Local Coordination Workshop

Economic Development Around the World
EV Industry Driving Massive U.S. Site Selection Projects Valued at $60 Billion

As Remote Work Sticks, Cities Seek New Ways to Lure People Downtown

8/8/22

Michigan #1 State for Energy-Sector Job Growth

How this Michigan County Maps a Plan for Better Broadband

Economic Development Resources
Governor Whitmer Announces Grants up to $200k for Innovative Farming Solutions Designed to Address Challenges Facing Rural Michigan

MEDA Member News and Views
BuyDetroit Marketplace Brings National Exposure to Detroit Businesses - Featuring: Keyra Cokley, Associate Director, BuyDetroit Program, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Flint NAACP to Honor El-Alamin as Community Unsung Hero - Featuring: Leon El-Alamin, founder and executive director of the M.A.D.E. Institute

Economic Development Around the World
Nominations Open for Development Counsellors International and Jorgenson 2023 Economic Development Consulting 40 Under 40 Awards

8/1/22

Gilchrist II Announces Eric Frederick Selected as Michigan High-Speed Internet Office’s First Chief Connectivity

Sites in Northville, Ann Arbor, Niles Receive Federal Historic Preservation Grants

Michigan Can Set Aside Roadways for Exclusive Use by Automated Vehicles Under New Law

MEDA Member News and Views
Legacy Building in Downtown Bay City Earns Statewide Honors for Historic Preservation - Featuring Jenifer Acosta, Acosta Real Estate and Development

Economic Development Around the World
Why Cities and Towns See a Huge Economic Opportunity in the Semiconductor Bill

Low-Cost Cities With Strong Economies Remain Attractive as Housing Market Slows

7/25/22

State Legislation Provides Long Needed Boost for Maritime Transportation in Michigan

Ford Adds Battery Capacity and Raw Material Sourcing to Boost EV Sales

Economic Development Resources
New Hub Empowers Communities to Access Federal Infrastructure Dollars

First Path Program for Turning Ideas into Businesses - Applications for Fall 2022 Cohort Due in August

Costa Rica and Dominican Republic Trade Mission - Companies Can Apply for B2B Meetings

MEDA Member News and Views
NEW MDARD Business Development Bulletin - Featuring: Jamie Zmitko-Somers, Director, Agriculture Development Division, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development

Economic Development Around the World
The Great Attrition is Making Hiring Harder. A New Way to Target the Employee Value Proposition. - New McKinsey Study

Defining Rural America: The Consequences of How We Count

7/18/22

Detroit: World's Greatest Places 2022 - TIME Magazine

Hyundai Motor America Plans Superior Township, Michigan, Safety Test and Investigation Laboratory

Economic Development Resources
New “Blight Elimination Program” Offers Transformative Grant Funding to Rural and Urban Michigan Communities

An Economic Developer's Guide to Multi-Channel Lead Generation

MEDA Member News and Views
Island Plastics Expands Flint, Michigan, Operations - Featuring: Tyler Rossmaessler, Executive Director of Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance

Getting to Know Mecosta County's New Executive Director of Development - Featuring: Kelly Wawsczyk, Executive Director, Mecosta County Development Corporation, The Right Place, Inc.

Economic Development Around the World
How the US Can Secure a Resilient Electric Vehicle Battery Supply Chain

Restore Your Economy.org's New "What We’ve Learned from Covid-19" Whitepaper​​​​​​​ 

7/11/22

Michigan Leads States in Energy-sector Job Growth, Federal Report Finds

Stellantis to Invest $24.7M in Trenton Engine Complex, Announces Q2 Sales

Economic Development Resources
Bridge Builders Microgrants 

MEDC Interactive Project Map

Economic Development Around the World
This Texas Town is Making Itself Into a Semiconductor Epicenter

States are Spending Billions on Electric Vehicles in Battle to Replace Automotive Capital Michigan

MEDA Member News and Views
Business Leaders Urge Strong Investment In Michigan’s Research Universities - Featuring: Britany Affolter-Caine, Executive Director, Michigan's University Research Corridor

Christina Frank, VP, External Affairs at Cornerstone Alliance, Top 10 Inspiring Leaders of 2022 | IE Mag

7/5/22

Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Presentation of Incentives Information to the Media

SBAM | State Senate Passes Bills to Bring Worker-Employer Relationship to Pre-2020, COVID Law

Economic Development Resources
Digital Equity Act Programs

Made in Michigan: PMBC's RangeMe Pavilion

Foods, Liquids, & Organic Waste Systems (FLOWS) Innovation Challenge

MDARD Announces One-Time Grant Opportunity to Support Michigan Seafood Processors

MEDA Member News and Views
Life Sciences Company Investing Up to $430M to Revive Former BASF Site in Muskegon Twp. - Featuring: Morgan Carroll, Director of Business Development at Greater Muskegon Economic Development

Economic Development Around the World
How the Midwest Can be a Refuge Amid Climate Change—if We Prepare

6/28/22

State Lawmakers Advance Key Housing Bill Package to Help Resolve Supply Shortage

The Evolution of the Megasite

Economic Development Resources
8(a) Business Development Program

Caring for MI Future

MI Tri-Share Child Care Pilot Project

MEDA Member News and Views
American Recreational Products Will Invest $4 Million, Employ 59 at New Fenton Plant - Featuring: Lynn Markland, City Manager, City of Fenton

Battle Creek Chooses Optimism on Kellogg, Even as it Explores What’s Next - Featuring: Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO, Battle Creek Unlimited, Inc.

Economic Development Around the World
Wallethub's 2022’s Best & Worst State Economies

6/21/22

Gov. Whitmer Awards Grants To 33 Local Governments And Nonprofits To Upgrade Housing Infrastructure Across The State

How Lansing, Michigan, Plans to Level-Up Black-Owned Businesses

$8.7M in Federal Funding to Help Rejuvenate West Michigan Railroad

Volta Launches Program To Make EV Charging More Accessible, Affordable

Economic Development Resources
Michigan Economic Dashboard

Applications Now Open for the Capital City Market Local Vendor Summit

MEDA Member News and Views
Partnership News and Views: Introducing Christopher Germain, LSCP CEO

Housing Project Planned For Downtown TC Parking Lot - Featuring: Jean Derenzy, CEO, Traverse City Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

Economic Development Around the World
Demand for Industrial Land Surges

6/13/22

Pfizer Invests $120M in Kalamazoo to Produce COVID-19 Oral Treatment

Canadian Company to Build $3M Electric Vehicle Charger Plant in Auburn Hills

Economic Development Resources
Michigan Rise Pre-Seed Fund III Makes 50th Startup Investment

Fixing 'Help Wanted' Requires Housing Solutions | Video from Mackinac Policy Conference 2022

MEDA Member News and Views
A Statewide Ecosystem for Workforce Development (Podcast) - Featuring: Ryan Hundt - CEO of the Michigan Works! Association

Economic Development Around the World
A Business Case for Dropping Parking Minimums​​​​​​​

Surviving ‘Tech Bubble 2.0’: What High-growth Companies Should Do

6/6/22

Ford to Invest $2B in SE Michigan Plants, Create 3,200 Jobs

Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan for Genesee, Lapeer, and Shiawassee Counties

Economic Development Resources
Coming June 15: Michigan’s New State Historic Preservation Tax Credit

Free Fiscally Ready Communities Webinar from the Michigan Department of Treasury

MEDA Member News and Views
Design Core Detroit Restructured, New Leadership Announced - Featuring: Olga Stella, Vice President of Strategy and Communication at the College for Creative Studies

Kinexus Group CEO Leads Southwest Michigan Coalition Aiding Ukrainians - Featuring: Todd Gustafson, Chief Executive Officer, Kinexus

6/1/22

Business Leaders for Michigan Releases Plan to Spur Economic Growth in State

The State of Industry X in Automotive - CAR Research Report

Economic Development Resources
Semiconductor Career and Apprenticeship Network (SCAN) Program

Midwest Buyers Mission - MI Supplier Showcase

MEDA Member News and Views
Going Clean? - Michigan Delivers Energy Advantages and More - Featuring: Tyler Rossmaessler, Director of Economic Development, Flint & Genesee Economic Alliance

City of Hart Awarded $10k for Art Sculpture to "Put Your Town on the Map" - Featuring: Nichole Kleiner, Economic & Community Development Director, City of Hart

Governor Whitmer Announces 184 New Jobs in Auto Manufacturing and EV Testing - Featuring: Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO, Battle Creek Unlimited, Inc.

5/23/22

Michigan Nominates Seven Highways to be Eligible for Federal EV-charger Funding

Gov. Whitmer Announces New Data Showing Record Small Business Growth

Economic Development Resources
Federal Rail Funding Opportunities

WJR Business Beat: Win $10,000 Grant Through Verizon Program

Help Change the Future for Import-challenged Manufacturers

Economic Development Around the World
Can the Automotive Industry Scale Fast Enough? - McKinsey Report

How Tax Incentives Are Being Offered Around the World

5/16/22

Gov. Whitmer Awards $3 Million to Michigan Cities to Upgrade Infrastructure, Making Communities More Attractive for Economic Investment

​​​Consumers Energy STEM Lab Aims to Connect K-12 Students to Career Pathways in STEM

Economic Development Resources
New Rail Grade Crossing Elimination Program

Google Offering Workforce Training Scholarships

USDA and EDA Launch Resource Guide to Boost Economic Development in Rural Communities

Top 10 Government Small Business Grants for Women

Economic Development Around the World
The Public Housing Process for New Housing is Broken. Here's How to Fix it. - A Brookings Report

ARPA Cash: Demolition and Capital Expenses Related to Vacant and Abandoned Buildings

MEDA Member News and Views
Legacy Building in Bay City Honored with Governor's Award for Historic Preservation - Featured: Jenifer Acosta, Principal, Acosta Real Estate and Development

Michigan Opportunity Podcast with Wafa Dinaro, Executive Director, New Economy Initiative

5/10/22

Michigan Launches Pilot Projects to Prepare Rural and Low-Income Communities for Electric Vehicle Revolution

Site Selection 2022 Prosperity Cup Announced - Michigan in Top 10

Economic Development Resources
MSHDA Releases First Statewide Housing Plan

Tools of the Trade: Michigan Helps Companies Go International

USDA Expands Access to Four Key Loan Programs - April 27th Updates

Economic Development Around the World
Recession Remedies - A Brookings Report

Our Region is Rich in Top-notch Academic Research, but We Struggle to Develop Local Businesses from It

MEDA Member News and Views
Michigan Still Has Room to Grow in Tech - Featuring: Randy Thelen, President and CEO, The Right Place, Inc.​​​​​​​

Bay City Water Works Building Inspires Dreams. Now, It Needs to Inspire Developers. - Featuring: Steven Black, Transaction and Operations Manager, RACER Trust

5/2/22

Nominate for Crain's Detroit Business 40 Under 40 Today

Former GM Warren Plant Site Redevelopment Advances with Tax Incentives

Economic Development Resources
Detroit Regional Public Purchasing Matchmaker Forms

Grand Sourcing Summit 2.0 Forms

Economic Development Around the World
Select Committee to US Commerce Dept: Improve Timeliness of Releasing Economic Data

MEDA Member News and Views
Lenawee Now Welcomes Daejin Advanced Materials USA to Adrian - Featuring: Jim Van Doren, Executive Director, Lenawee Now
Top 50 Economic Developers in the Nation by Consultant Connect - Featuring: Jack Johns, Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development AND Christina Frank, Cornerstone Alliance

4/25/22

Optimizing Market Share in the EV Industry

5 Practical Zoning Hacks for Missing Middle Housing

Economic Development Resources
Resilient Lakeshore Heritage Grant Program Opens June 1st

Small-Business Loan Requirements Checklist

Economic Development Around the World
FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Announces the Rural Partners Network to Empower Rural Communities to Access Federal Resources

JP Morgan's Trends in Venture Capital Report

MEDA Member News and Views
Consumers Energy Foundation, CEDAM Select the City of Hart as a Finalist for the Put Your Town on the Map Competition - Featuring: Nichole Kleiner, Economic and Community Development Director, City of Hart

Systems Control Gets UPMW Funds - Featuring: Lois Ellis, Executive Director, Dickinson Area Economic Development Alliance

4/18/22

Lake Superior Community Partnership Names New CEO, Christopher Germain

State Prepares for Hundreds of Millions in Broadband Infrastructure Funding

Economic Development Resources
2022 IEDC Economic Development Week Toolkit

Clayton & McKervey's Expanding to the U.S. E-Book

Economic Development Around the World

Tight Labor Markets and Wage Growth in the Current Economy​​​​​​​

MEDA Member News and Views

The Hotel Hayes Building in Downtown Jackson Sells to New Developers - Featuring Scott Fleming, CEcD, CEO, Jackson Anchor Initiative

Michigan’s Fastest-growing County Remains Committed to Preserving Farmland - Featuring Becky Huttenga, Agriculture and Economic Resources Coordinator, Ottawa County

4/11/22

Why Michigan is Pumping $50 Million into a Private Potash Operation​​​​​​​

Economic Development Resources
EDA Releases New Tools for Helping Economic Developers to Make Informed Development Decisions

Wayne State and Global Detroit Launch International Startup Program

MI New Favorite Snack Competition Coming to Port Huron - New and Emerging Small Snack Food Businesses Can Apply by August 1

Economic Development Around the World
Rural Rising: Economic Development Strategies for America’s Heartland

Paths to New Prosperity in Industrial Regions of the West

How Economic Developers in NC Increased Childcare Options for their Counties

MEDA Member News and Views
Kinexus Group Named Among Nation’s ‘Best Nonprofits to Work For’ - Featuring Todd Gustafson, Chief Executive Officer, Kinexus

Farmington Earns Certification as ‘Redevelopment Ready Community’ - Featuring Kevin Christiansen, AICP, PCP, Economic and Community Development Director​​​​​​​, City of Farmington

4/4/22

Gov. Whitmer Announces $4 Million Investment to Prepare Michigan’s Young Adults for Meaningful Career and Educational Opportunities

Economic Development Resources
Housing Development Loan Program Expands to Include Qualified Developers

PMBC 2022 Tri-State Small Business Virtual Training and Matchmaking Summit

Economic Development Around the World
Two Really Big Ideas That Could Fix the Disastrous U.S. Housing System

Is It Time for a National Zoning Atlas?

MEDA Member News and Views
Listen: The Build Up Featuring DEGC CEO Kevin Johnson (podcast)

3/28/22

MSF Approves $14M in Brownfield Incentives for Spectrum Health; Amends Programs to Open Accessibility

LG Energy Solution Commits to a $1.7 Billion Lithium-Ion Battery Production Facility in Holland, MI

Economic Development Resources
PMBC Meet the MiDiCo Buyers Event - Supplier Applications Due April 8th

KKR Small Business Builders Grant Program

Economic Development Around the World
TechNet Closing the Skills Gap Full Report

E-commerce Powers the Rise of Multistory Industrial Projects

MEDA Members in the News
Leveraging News Media to Tell Your Region’s Economic Story - Featuring: Craig Clark, Owner, Clark Communications

New Legislation Aims to Allow for Former Industrial/brownfield Sites to be Revitalized - Featuring: Tyler Rossmaessler, Executive Director of the Flint and Genesee Economic Alliance

3/21/22

MDARD Director Gary McDowell Selects Sarah Lucas as Deputy of the Newly Created Office of Rural Development

Schools, Manufacturers in this Michigan County are Building the Next Generation of Skilled Trades Workers

Economic Development Resources
Brownfield Program Changes to Make ‘Transformative’ Tool More Accessible

PMBC Northern Michigan Food and Beverage Processing Webinar

Economic Development Around the World
36th Annual Survey of Corporate Executives Commentary: Small to Mid-Size Companies Focus on Costs​​​​​​​

MEDA Member News and Views
Big Moves in St. Clair County - Featuring: Dan Casey, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County

The Right Place Assists Roll & Hill with Wyoming Expansion - Featuring: Brent Case, Vice President of Business Attraction for The Right Place, Inc.

3/14/22

Historic Opportunities: Modernizing Michigan, Strengthening Our Economy

Economic Development Resources
Gov. Whitmer Announces $8M Investment to Support Construction Careers for More Than 640 Unemployed and Other Historically Underserved Michiganders

Small-Scale Housing Rental Program for Rural Areas

Economic Development Around the World
Coastal Cities Have Dominated Tech Work. A New Analysis of Pandemic Trends Suggests New Possibilities.​​​​​​​

MEDA Member News and Views
2022 Michigan Heritage Awardees Announced - Featuring: Ara Topouzian, Executive Director, Michigan Venture Capital Association

Historic Fisher Body 21 in Detroit to be Redeveloped into Affordable Housing for $134M - Featuring: Kevin Johnson, President and CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

LEAP and PNC Foundation Launch Elevate, Groundbreaking Black Entrepreneurship Program - Featuring: Bob Trezise, President and CEO, LEAP

3/7/22

Governor Whitmer & Lt. Governor Gilchrist Announce Planning Project to Connect Michiganders to High-Speed Internet

No ZIP Code Left Behind: How Michigan's New Office of Rural Development Might Impact Northern Michigan

Economic Development Resources
Apply for Business Resources (ABR) through the Growing MI Business Grant Program

PMBC MEDX Applications Due March 18 - Help Business Connect with Defense Organizations

Economic Development Around the World
Manufacturers Are Embracing DIY Supply Chain

Save $200 on Site Selection Consultant Database

MEDA Member News and Views
Local Leaders Ready Themselves to Put ARPA Dollars to Work in the Bay County Region - Featuring: Trevor Keyes, EDFP, President and CEO, Bay Future, Inc.

Business Attraction or Retention? - Featuring: Matt McCauley, Chief Executive Officer, Networks Northwest

2/28/22

Bloomberg: Michigan Has the No. 1 US Economy, Has Grown the Most in its History

MTEC SmartZone Successful in Obtaining Rural Development Fund Grant

Economic Development Resources
Michigan STEM Forward Summer Internship Fair

Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council Partners to Improve Working Capital

Updates to the Michigan Brownfield Act and Phase I Environmental Site Assessment ASTM E1527 Standard

Economic Development Around the World
How the Biden Energy Plan Will Impact U.S. Business

Economic Development Research Partners Survey: Real Estate in 2022

MEDA Member News and Views
The Right Place Debuts Community Development Division - Featuring: Tim Mroz, Senior Vice President of Community Development; Travis Alden, Senior Director of Community Development; Randy Thelen, President and CEO, The Right Place, Inc.

Gov. Whitmer Announces Approval of Multiple Projects Creating Over 390 Good-Paying Jobs and Economic Opportunities - Featuring: JoAnn Crary, President, Saginaw Future, Inc.; Maureen Donohue Krauss, President and CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership

$2M Awarded to 11 Businesses in Battle Creek through the Washington Heights Entrepreneurial Fund - Featuring: Joe Sobieralski, President and CEO, Battle Creek Unlimited

2/22/22

Local Government ARPA Investment Tracker

Detroit's Central Station to House "Innovation District" with City, State, Ford Partnership

Economic Development Resources
Michigan's Talent Pool is Attracting Businesses Whitepaper

Michigan Afflicted Business Relief Program

Economic Development Around the World
Lordstown, Ohio Gives Michigan Hint of How EV Battery Plant Changes Economy

The Changing Geography of U.S. Talent

MEDA Member News and Views
Governor Whitmer Expands Access to Child Care, Adding Seven New Programs - Featured: Lisa McComb, Executive Director of Otsego County Economic Alliance

New Community Transformation Fund Invests in First Company - Featured: Birgit Klohs, Founder/Executive Chair, New Community Transformation Fund

2/14/22

Grand Rapids Named Best Place to Raise a Family by Rocket Homes 

5 Economic Proposals in Whitmer's Budget Blueprint

Economic Development Resources
Society for Human Resource Management HR Registered Apprenticeship Program (HR RAP) - Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more! 

The BOSS Network and Sage's Invest in Progress Grant

Economic Development Around the World
Improving Quality of Life—Not Just Business—is the Best Path to Midwestern Rejuvenation - A Brookings Report

New Short-term Internship Program to Help Students, Businesses

MEDA Member News and Views
MDARD Team Visits Indoor Ag Program - Featuring: Mary Myers, Director of Business Development, Lake Superior Community Partnership

U.P. Downtowns Transformed into Revitalized Destinations - Featuring: Marty Fittante, Chief Executive Officer, InvestUP

2/7/22

First U.S. Public Wireless EV Charging Road System Set for Michigan Central Station

Lansing Unveils Plans for 2,025-person Music and Arts Venue 'The Ovation'

Economic Development Resources
CONNEX(TM) Michigan - Free Until April 30 - Supply Chain Network for Manufacturers

2022 Michigan Investment Organizations

Economic Development Around the World
2022 Global Expansion: Michigan Focus - Feb. 10th - Registration Open to Michigan International Attraction Community

Locations That Promote Employee Health and Well-Being Coming to the Forefront

MEDA Members in the News
Elizabeth Masserang Appointed to Oakland County's Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors - Featuring: Elizabeth Masserang, Regional Manager of Brownfield & Economic Incentive Services at PM Environmental, Inc.

Officials See Chance to Train Future Workforce - Featuring: Ryan Hundt, Economic Director, Michigan Works! Association

2/4/22

MEDA 2021 Annual Report

1/31/22

State Approves $824M in Incentives for GM Battery, EV Plants

DTE Energy Invests $2.2 Billion with Michigan Businesses in 2021

Economic Development Resources​​​​​​​
NEXTFactor Discovery Regional Workshops - Michigan Travel Strategic Recovery Plan 

MEDC Toolbox Training Webinar Series Winter 2022

Economic Development Around the World
USDA Launches Pilot Program to Deploy Renewable Energy Infrastructure to People in Rural Towns​​​​​​​

MEDA Member News and Views
The Blue Economy: The Past, Present, and a Potential Future - Featuring: Sam Bailey, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance

$2 Million in Funding to Support Small Businesses in Lake Huron Region - Featuring: Trevor M. Keyes, President & CEO of Bay Future, Inc.

1/24/22

Further Investment Needed to Improve Michigan’s National Economic Ranking, According to Business Roundtable Analysis

Gov. Whitmer Creates Michigan Infrastructure Office

Economic Development Program Resources and Updates
Discover Manufacturing Scholarship
MSU Foundation’s Diversity in Entrepreneurship Program Continues to Soar

MEDA Members in the News
How the Ongoing Pandemic Has Impacted Employment in the Ann Arbor Region
Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership Accredited by the International Economic Development Council

1/20/22

Nick Posavetz Elected to Three-Year Term on Michigan Economic Developers Association Board of Directors

Nora Balgoyen Elected to Three-Year Term on Michigan Economic Developers Association Board of Directors

1/18/22

5 Reasons Why the Detroit Region is America's Next Tech Hub

Kivnon USA Sets Up North American Headquarters in Farmington Hills Michigan

“Standard Allowance” Finding Greatly Expands Eligible Uses for American Rescue Plan Funding

MEDA Members in the News
U.P. Businesses and People Continue to Thrive

1/12/22

Samantha Seimer to Serve as Michigan Economic Developers Association Board President in 2022

Khalfani Stephens Elected to Three-Year Term on MEDA Board of Directors, Will Service as Vice President in 2022

Alan Weber to Serve as Michigan Economic Developers Association Board Treasurer in 2022

Mary Myers to Serve as Michigan Economic Developers Association Board Secretary in 2022

Gov. Whitmer Delivers on Promise to Create New Office of Rural Development to Boost Economic Opportunities for Michiganders in Rural Areas of the State

Michigan Economic Development Corporation Small Business Survey

Food Incubators, Accelerators on the Rise in West Michigan

MEDA Members in the News
Orion Township Supervisor Chris Barnett Serving as SEMCOG Chair

Economic Development Around the World
Supply Chain Woes Prompt a New Push to Revive U.S. Factories

1/4/22

MEDC Hires Familiar Face as COO

New Michigan Tax Change Could be Boon for Business Owners

Turning the Great Resignation Into Great Attraction

Chip Shortage is Still Complicated Going Into 2022

MEDA Members in the News
Detroit Region Aerotropolis Annual Report Shows Strong Growth

Economic Development Around the World
The Great Pandemic Migration

12/29/21

New Economic Development Relief Fund for Hotels and Restaurants Impacted by COVID19

Work Opportunity Tax Credit

Detroit Hires New Chief of Mobility Innovation

MEDA Members in the News
Michigan Needs to Improve Short Game, but Long Game is Everything in the End

Economic Development Around the World
What Makes a Successful Innovation District in Today's Economy?

12/20/21

Michigan Lawmakers OK $1B for Economic Incentives to Attract Big Business Investments

Michigan Future Business Index Survey Results

Detroit Center for Innovation to be Built in Ilitch-owned District Detroit

MEDA Members in the News
Busy Legislative Season Brings Opportunities for Economic Development

Economic Development Around the World
Assessing the State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy

12/13/21

MiBiz on WOOD-TV8: Major Utilities Propose Economic Development Rates to Attract Major Projects

New Statewide Coalition Announces Work On Cohesive Strategy To Help Michigan Win And Create Jobs

STEM Internships in Michigan Pay Off for Students, Companies

MEDA Members in the News
The Michigan Opportunity Podcast - Featuring Olga Stella, Executive Director – Design Core Detroit & VP of Strategy and Communications – College of Creative Studies

Free Resource
Get a Free Copy of Investing in Rural Prosperity Guide from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

12/6/21

First Impressions Tourism (FIT) Program Accepting Applications - Get an Assessment of Your Community

USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Energy for America Program

MSHDA - Neighborhood Housing Initiatives Division (NHID) Team Survey (2021)

MEDA Members in the News
Flint Industrial Park Gets Tax Break for Planned $14M Expansion, Renovation​​​​​​​

Economic Development Around the World
Workforce Development Programs Are in Overdrive - Programs Being Used Around the U.S.

11/29/21

The Infrastructure Bill Has Passed! Now What?

Metro Detroit Lenders Growing With Loans to 'Risky' Businesses

WirelessCar Establishes U.S. Headquarters in Southfield

MEDA Members in the News
The Right Place Expands Economic Development Reach to Mason, Mecosta Counties

Whitmer Announces 100 New Jobs, $1M Capital Investment from Expansion of Crest Marine in Owosso Area

Economic Development Around the World
How the Global Chip Shortage is Boosting US Manufacturing

11/22/21

Child Care as Economic Development? You Bet. $1.4B in Aid Coming to Michigan

Michigan Future Business Index Survey

MEDC/DRC Supplier Diversity in Financial Services Virtual Matchmaking Event - Applications Due November 30th​​​​​​​

MEDA Members in the News
Otisco Township Manufacturer Announces $30.4 Million Expansion, Creating 38 New Jobs

Economic Development Around the World
Videos from Connected Nation Conference - Infrastructure and Emerging Technology, Rural Broadband Conversation, and more!

11/15/21

Michigan: A Hand in the Next Generation of Semiconductor Manufacturing

Michigan Seen Among Options for Rivian Battery Plant

Toyota Pledges $6 Million for Expansion, Testing at Mobility Center in Michigan​​​​​​​

COVID Recovery
Survey: Pandemic Labor Shortage Still Haunting Businesses, but May Be Easing

Economic Development Around the World
Front Line: Infrastructure Investment Faces Hurdles

11/8/21

How to Attract Big Talent to Small Cities

International Trade and Development Internship Company Application

Coalition Urges Michigan to Invest $600M for EV Infrastructure, Workforce Training​​​​​​​

COVID Recovery
FAQ: Breaking Down the Labor Department COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing Rules 

MEDA Members in the News
Wafa Dinaro Recognized in Crain's 40 Under 40

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Investing to Produce More Skilled Workers Must be Part of Rebuilding America

11/1/21

International Economic Development Council Names New President & CEO

Michigan Strategic Fund Broadens Grant Criteria for 'Shovel-Ready' Industrial Sites after Ford's Southern Investments

A Path Toward Safe and Equitable Cities - Download Report

COVD Recovery
Employment Law 2022 - COVID Hygiene 

MEDA Members in the News
Governor Whitmer Announces Agribusiness Expansion Bringing Nearly 200 Jobs to Holland, Placemaking Projects Around the State

Economic Development Around the World
2021 Top 100 Best Places to Live in America

10/25/21

Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center Receives Maritime, Mobility Funding

Lakeshore Advantage Receives IEDC Award

DTE Renewable Energy Supplier Event

MEDA Members in the News
Macomb County Receives Major Grant, Launches "Macomb Next" Programming Aimed at Advancing Local Manufacturing

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Uptick in Rural Chargers Will Likely Make EV Drivers Happy Campers

10/18/21

Logistics Company, Auto Supplier to Create 424 Jobs Near Flint

TC Tourism, State of Michigan Partner for Daycare Pilot Program

GM to Build New Battery Facility in Warren to Support its EV Strategy

Nissan Adds $40M Safety Lab to Farmington Hills Engineering Center

MEDA Members in the News
EDA of St. Clair County Launches New Podcast

Michigan Is Automobility Report: The Home For Automotive Talent And The Industry’s Electric Future

Economic Development Around the World
How the Shift to Railways is Keeping Supply Chains on Track

US IT Job Growth Slows, but 2021 Still on Track for Record Hiring

10/11/21

How Detroit Sold Lear on Building New Plant, Creating 450 Jobs in City

Michigan’s Venture Capital Ecosystem is Thriving

COVID Recovery
For COVID Recovery, the Nation Should Take Lessons from the Heartland

MEDA Members in the News
DTE Energy Awards Grants To Spur Economic Development And Job Creation

Economic Development Around the World
Talent Wars 2021 Free DCI Report

10/4/21

Download MEDC's "Michigan: Mecca for Developers" Whitepaper

Smarter Manufacturing Ideas to be Showcased at LIFT in Detroit

MSHDA's Neighborhood Enhancement Program Accepting Applications

Whitmer Signs $70B Michigan Budget: What Survived, Thrived and Died

MEDA Members in the News
Economic Development Project of the Week - Middle Michigan

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Whitmer, Midwest Governors to Coordinate EV Charging Infrastructure and More

9/28/21

Funding Opportunities for Rural Infrastructure - Deadlines Approaching

Michigan Launches Pilot to Build a Wireless Charging Road for Electric Vehicles in Metro Detroit 

Free Michigan Department of Treasury Webinars for Businesses Starting This Week 

MEDA Members in the News
50 Names to Know in Government: Vicky (Rad) Rowinski

Economic Development Around the World
Supply Chain Disruptions: A Critical Window of Opportunity

9/20/21

$2 Million in Export Assistance Funds Available for Michigan’s Small Businesses 

A New Federal Grant Should Make Regional Leaders Rethink Their Industry Clusters (Brookings Report)

West Michigan Outdoor Recreation Pitch Competition

MEDA Members in the News
Blackmer Expands Grand Rapids, Michigan, Manufacturing Campus

Economic Development Around the World
Economic Sentiment Unchanged As Consumers Digest Mixed Economic Signals

9/13/21

Creative Ways to Use ARPA Funds

Federal Historic Preservation Funds to Support Communities Along the Great Lakes

Michigan Underscores Mobility and Electrification Leadership with Launch of “The Future Of” Podcast

MEDA Members in the News
SmartZone Selects Operators to Manage Technology Incubator Services

Economic Development Around the World
Challenges Facing the Auto Industry Post-Pandemic

8/30/21

Want to Attract Talent? Build Your Employer Brand

Keys to Successful Capital Project Delivery

2021 Ann Arbor Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report

MEDA Members in the News
Michigan Sugar Company Investing $65+ Million to Build Desugarization Facility at Bay City Factory

Economic Development Around the World
The American Alley, Part 1: A Hidden Resource

8/23/21

Carbon Fiber Bridge Developed at Lawrence Tech Could Last 100 Years

Auto Supplier Lear to Create Hundreds of Jobs at Old Cadillac Stamping Site

Michigan to Partner with Ontario on Cross-Border Mobility Technologies

MEDA Blog Post
The Wave of Potential Job Losses in Michigan that Doesn’t Need to Take Place!

MEDA Members in the News
HomeStretch Housing Project, Riverfront Plaza Eyed For Downtown TC

Economic Development Around the World
World Economic Forum to Establish Global Centre for Urban Transformation in Detroit

8/16/21

MSU Fund Michigan Rise Gets $6.5 Million from State for Early-stage Funding

Economic Development Website Design Project Planning Guide

MEDA Members in the News
Michigan Works! Association Announces Ryan Hundt As Chief Executive Officer

St. Joseph Automation Manufacturer Expanding, Adding 20 Jobs to Support Growth

West Michigan Reverses Chicago Exodus, Gaining Residents as State Stagnates

Economic Development Around the World
Will Massive Federal Outlays Finally Close Digital Divide?

8/9/21

53 Voices Challenges for Female Entrepreneurs

Michigan Retains #1 Spot for Automotive Manufacturing 

What's in Federal Infrastructure Bill for Michigan Roads, Bridges, Transit, EVs

MEDA Blog
How the Marketing and Business Development Funnel Drives FDI and Business Attraction

MEDA Members in the News
Three VB Companies Recognized for Creating Economic Growth

Economic Development Around the World
The Benefits of EDO-DMO Collaboration and Smart Place Branding Initiatives to Attract Talent

8/3/21

New Flint Partnership to Combine Education, Job Training Efforts of Three Organizations

$300 Discount for Site Selector Database

The Best (and Worst) Cities for Living on $15/Hour

MEDA Blog Post
How the Marketing and Business Development Funnel Drives FDI and Business Attraction

MEDA Members in the News
New Opportunities for Small and Mid-size Blue Water Manufacturers to Embrace Industry 4.0

Economic Development Around the World
House-Rich, Cash-Poor: The Worst and Best Cities in America Ranked

7/26/21

Michigan Invests in Its Talent Ecosystem

Centrepolis Accelerator Awarded a Regional Industry 4.0 Readiness Grant​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

NEW MEDA Blog Post!
How the Marketing and Business Development Funnel Drives FDI and Business Attraction 

MEDA Members in the News
Grand Rapids Offers Grants to Businesses in Neighborhoods of Focus

Royal Oak Social District Opening Brightens Business Hopes

Economic Development Around the World
How Rural Areas Can Build Their Knowledge Economy

7/19/21

Michigan Mobility Funding Platform

Entry Point Seeking Small Businesses to Feature for a Special Edition of The Cackle

Detroit Internet Exchange Granted Tax-exempt Status, Members Include Google, Amazon, and Microsoft 

MEDA Members in the News
Christmas in July Campaign Aims to Boost Small Businesses in Macomb County

Economic Development Around the World
Americans' Shift to Be Their Own Bosses is Lasting In Pandemic

7/12/21

GVSU Named a 'Best for Vets' College by National Outlet

Funding Available to Commercialize Advanced Computing Technologies

MEDA Members in the News
U-M’s Economic Growth Institute Joins Effort to Ease Disruption from Nuclear Facility Closure

Economic Development Around the World
As California and Texas Face Blackouts, Data Centers See Opportunity

What’s Driving Record Industrial Real Estate Demand

7/6/21

Policymakers Offer Proposals to Fix Three Upcoming Tax Changes

Report: Michigan’s Legal Cannabis Industry Hits $3B

NEW Blog Post!
Accelerating Our Advantage: Talent, Research & Innovation

MEDA Members in the News
SAGE Club Partners with MADE to Bring Fresh Produce to Northern Flint Community

Economic Development Around the World
Life Sciences on the Rise - North American Report

Remote Work Won’t Save the Heartland - A Brookings Report

6/28/21

Michigan Approves $2.2 Billion for Food, Housing, Government and Disaster Assistance

Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge Application Deadline July 26

Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association Launches Safe Dining Program

MEDA Members in the News
Governor Whitmer Announces 350 New Manufacturing and Logistics Jobs, Transformational Placemaking Projects in Benton Harbor, Houghton

Economic Development Around the World
2021 Gold & Silver Shovel Awards Recognize State and Local Economic Development Efforts

Top Cities Where U.S. Manufacturing Is Thriving

6/21/21

Furniture Industry Panel Discusses Supply Chain Issues, Addressing Challenges

Huntington Bank Commits $1 Billion in Detroit Region for Lending Initiative for Minorities, Underserved, Small Businesses

City of Charlevoix Establishes First Housing Conservancy

NEW MEDA Blog Post!
ARPA Treasury Guidance Begins to Rollout

MEDA Members in the News
Get Ready For This Historic Four-Story Renovation Happening in Kalamazoo

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Countries Lavish Subsidies and Perks on Semiconductor Manufacturers as a Global Chip War Heats Up

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