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MEDA Emerging Leaders Network

MEDA EL LogoThe Michigan Economic Developers Association Emerging Leaders Network is a member-driven organization that supports early-career economic developers and helps them to excel in their field by providing them with the tools and opportunities to be successful through training, mentoring and networking and outreach.

Recognizing the need for a conduit to connect young professionals in economic development, MEDAYP was established in 2013. Over time, the group began to show a stronger presence of early-career professionals rather than those fitting within a specific age range. It was also recognized that the economic development community seemed to form relationships despite age. Therefore, MEDAYP morphed into Emerging Leaders in order to meet the needs of the MEDA membership.

MEDA Members

  • Join the Emerging Leaders Group now and be the first to receive notice of training, networking events and other opportunities!
  • Make a bigger investment in your MEDA Membership by joining the Emerging Leaders Committee to plan events and engagement. TIP: Commitment is rewarding, builds your network, and increases your chances of receiving scholarships.
  • Consider yourself an established leader and want to help others? Volunteer to be a mentor!

Non-MEDA Members

  • Join the Emerging Leaders Group mailing list by contacting This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. We invite anyone with an active interest in economic development to participate. There may be an increased fee for some activities.

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MEDA Emerging Leaders Spring Program

Emerging Leaders for WebsiteThe Emerging Leaders Spring Program is a half-day program with topics that focus on the needs of early-career economic developers.

Attendees are able to learn from experienced leaders as well as build lasting relationships through networking.

Agenda and registration for the program are typically posted in February. Join MEDA's mailing list to receive automatic updates.


Get Hired for a Day

Get Hired MentorsThe MEDA Emerging Leaders Network is pleased to offer the Get Hired for a Day Program, a volunteer program that allows emerging leaders engaged in economic development the opportunity to spend time with a Mentor to learn what to expect from this rewarding career choice! WHAT'S NEW? This is now an ongoing program, so you can apply at any time. We have also added a coupon to attend a MEDA program for all participants.

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Michigan Economic
Developers Association
P.O. Box 15096
Lansing, MI 48901-5096
PH: 517-241-0011

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