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MEDA and Economic Development News

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.

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.


Because of the Census, Economic Development is Possible

Rural Development Hubs Report

WIN Regional Turnover Study Reports

Pontiac on Revival Track as Businesses Move In

MEDA Members in the News
Lenawee Now Names Michael Fox Jr. as First Career Education Navigator

Economic Development Around the World
BANK OF AMERICA: 10 Main Themes Will Define the Next Decade. Here are the Winners and Losers for Each.


Students Completing Career and Tech Education Up More Than 75%

CDBG Funding Round Open - Applications Due in February

12 Mistakes to Avoid in the Site Selection Process

MEDA Members in the News
Internet Retail Giant Wayfair to Invest $8.9 Million, Create 500 Jobs in Lansing Area
Northern Michigan Entrepreneurs Win Startup Funds at 'Grand Event'

Economic Development Around the World
The First Map of America’s Food Supply Chain is Mind-boggling
The Trade War and its Impact on the Site Selection Process


What Jobs are Affected by AI? Better-paid, Better-educated Workers Face the Most Exposure - A Brookings Report

Macomb Mall Bucks the Trend, Shows Improving Business

How to Write a Smart RFI

MEDA Members in the News
Downtown Private Investment Surpasses $100 Million

Economic Development Around the World
Boulder, San Jose, and... Ann Arbor? These are America's Top 12 Tech Hubs, According to Bloomberg


Report: Apprenticeships for Community College Students Can Lessen Tech Talent Shortage

Multifamily Outshines Other Assets in Opportunity Zones

Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition Winners

MEDA Members in the News
Coldwater Looks to Be Designated Michigan Main Street Community

Economic Development Around the World
State Economic Monitor from the Urban Institute


Treasury: Grants Available for Financially Distressed Cities, Villages and Townships

Forecasters Say Michigan Now Better Positioned to Avoid Major Recession

Getting Started in Angel Investing

Report: Economic Optimism High Among Michigan Small- and Mid-size Business Leaders

MEDA Members in the News
“Detroit is Open for Business”: Kevin Johnson and DEGC Continue to Power City’s Revitalization
Bay County Growth Alliance to Offer Grants to Encourage Economic Development

Economic Development Around the World
It's National Apprenticeship Week!
The New Economic Models That Determine City Success


Michigan Future Business Index Survey - Please Share With Your Client Companies!

Can We Build Our Way to Affordability?

University of Michigan Detroit Center for Innovation Creates Hope for City, State’s Future

MEDA Members in the News
Lenawee Now Receives 5th International Excellence in Economic Development Award
New Tool Developed to Help Improve High-Speed Internet Access in Northeast Michigan

Economic Development Around the World
Shifting Neighborhoods - Gentrification and Cultural Displacement in American Cities


Nominations Open for Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards

Rebuilding Main Street in Rural America: How to Engage Support, Find Funding and Build a Stronger Community

State Approves $29 Million Mixed-use Development, The Dot, in Downtown Ferndale

MEDA Members in the News
Detroit Regional Partnership to Recruit Companies in Industry and Talent Clusters

Economic Development Around the World
Changes and Challenges in Economic Development Today - Site Selectors Guild podcast featuring Jeff Finkle, CEcD, President, IEDC
2020 State Business Tax Climate Index - Tax Foundation Report


Michigan Embarks on Renewable Energy Public, Company Information Campaign

America's Wealthy Millennials Are Flocking To...Traverse City, Michigan?!

America’s ‘Green Economy’ Is Now Worth $1.3 Trillion

MEDA Members in the News
MMI Engineered Solutions Adds Industrial Complex in Warren, Michigan

Economic Development Around the World
The Convergence of Technology + Automotive and Its Impact on Site Selection


U.S. EPA is Now Accepting Applications for FY2020 Brownfield Grants

A Startup and an Auto Company Join for Autonomous Farming Tech

MICHAuto Automobility Assessment Map

The Business Guide to AR and VR: Everything You Need to Know

Michigan is Home to Top 2 Resorts in Midwest, Condé Nast Traveler Readers Say

MEDA Members in the News
Barry County's Career Exposure Tours Coming Soon - Opening Eyes – and Minds – So Great Local Careers Can be Discovered
‘Entrepreneurial DNA’ Drives Acrisure’s Growth

Economic Development Around the World
“Future-Proofing” Buildings to Account for Autonomous Vehicles


Have You Visited the New Opportunity Zones Website Yet?

How CFOs Should Address Trade Questions — ASA

Special Report: Intellectual Property Law

MEDA Members in the News
Three New Lansing Startups "Hatched" Through LEAP

Economic Development Around the World
Housing Costs Hitting These Cities Hard - LinkedIn Editor's Pick


Barry County Becomes a Blue Zone

Talk About Pure Michigan: Outdoor Pursuits Generate $10B, Report Says

How Can Non-capital Cities Compete? - fDi Magazine Podcast

Cheboygan’s Big Boom

MEDA Members in the News
Economic Development is a "Team Sport"

Economic Development Around the World
Building a Strong Public Engagement Framework


It Seems NE Michigan is Booming

Duggan Unveils $250 Million Bond Plan to Rid Detroit of Blight in 5 Years

Michigan’s Manufacturing Prowess Recognized by Two National Publications

MEDA Members in the New
The University Corporate Research Park launches VanCamp Incubator + Research Labs

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Top U.S. Counties for Talent Attraction - Free Report
People Analytics Helps Define the Search for Skilled Labor


Michigan Joins Coalition Promoting Outdoor Recreatio

Feds Award $7.5M to Michigan for Self-driving Car Testing

Plan, or Participate in, a Manufacturing Day Event

MEDA Members in the News
$240,000 Initial State Site Readiness Fund Will Help Lansing Region Proactively Attract Business

Economic Development Around the World
Report: 374,000 New Homes Needed to Alleviate Housing Shortfalls


Applications for Michigan Rural Development Grants from MDARD Being Accepted Now

MEDC Helps To Bring 45 Sites Across Michigan Closer to “Shovel Ready” Status, Including 3 in Shiawassee County

MEDA Members in the News
Luna Pier and Southfield: How Two Communities Are Reinventing Themselves to Foster Economic Development
University Research Corridor Remains Tops in U.S. in Number of Medical, Biological Science Degrees Awarded

Economic Development Around the World
How to Make Sure Robots Help Us, Not Replace Us


That Pure Michigan You Love? Thank the MEDC

FY 2019 HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant Program

Going Pro In Construction: How to Find Skilled Trades Training

MEDA Members in the News
Bay Future, Inc. Awarded $100,000 for Economic Development Activities in Bay County, MI!
Silverdome Development Seals Deal: 2019 is a Big Year for Big Properties


SEMCOG Releases New Report: Local Governments Provide $120 million to Improve Road Infrastructure

Defining Key Siting Criteria Will Lead to a Perfect Location Match

Local Jobs for Michigan’s Graduates Program Receives State and National Recognition

MEDA Members in the News
Barry Matherly Appointed to United States Investment Advisory Council

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How High Are Infrastructure Costs? Analyzing Interstate Construction Spending - A Brookings Report


MEDC's Pure Michigan Business Connect's International Trade Team

Fifth-Third Bank to Raise its Minimum Wage

Listen to the Hand - Leading voices from around the state of Michigan weigh in on the connections between regional culture, higher education and talent attraction

MEDA Members in the News
LEAP Helps Village of Dansville Acquire MSHDA Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grant

Economic Development Around the World
More Than a Dozen States Follow CA Deal with Automakers


Flint Buick City in the Running for New Mahindra Automotive Plant, 2,000 Jobs

Supporting Job Seekers Facing Multiple Barriers to Work - A WIN Report

12 of America's Most Charming Lake Towns According to Orbitz - 2 Michigan Places Listed!

MEDA Blog Post
Strong Community is Built on Volunteerism by Amy Clickner, CEcD, CFRM, Chief Executive Officer, Lake Superior Community Partnership 

MEDA Members in the News
Great Lakes Fusion Expanding in Shiawassee County, Adding 40 Jobs

Economic Development Around the World
Nominal Wage Tracker from the Economic Policy Institute


Vicksburg Paper Mill Development Get $30M Transformational Brownfield

Helix Steel Technology Offers Innovative Infrastructure Solution

40 Big Tech Predictions for 2019 - Free Business Insider Intelligence Report


Regional Career Outlooks Through 2026 - Reports from the Michigan Bureau of Labor Marketing Information and Strategic Initiatives

Why Michigan Could Become a Startup Powerhouse

MEDA Members in the News
American Chemical Solutions to Open Manufacturing Plant in Muskegon
Detroit Regional Partnership Targets Issues That Keep Companies Away
Meridian Township Green Lights Development to Create a Downtown Okemos

MEDA Blog Post
Help MEDA Reach 500 Members - by Justin Horvath, 2019 MEDA Board President

Economic Development Around the World
The Global Energy Map is Changing Faster Than You Think


More Affordable Housing to be Built Across Michigan with $55M in Federal Funding

Dakkota Integrated Systems to Bring $55 Million Plant, 625 Jobs to Detroit to Supply FCA

Rising Health Insurance Costs and Talent Acquisition Are Top Concerns of Business Owners According to Latest Michigan Future Business Index

MEDA Members in the News
Ottawa County Launches Brownfield Incentive Program

Economic Development Around the World
Top Locations for Sustainable Development


Howes: Soo Locks, Freighters Help Fuel Industrial Heartland - Learn about the local, state, and international impact of the Locks at our Annual Meeting session, "Bigger Than it Locks."

Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) Grant Program - Applications Being Accepted through August 30th.

The Definitive and Final Ranking of All 50 States

MEDA Members in the News
LEAP Updates Organizational Structure, Welcomes New Staff in Support of Strategic Vision

Economic Development Around the World
Ford's Investment In Detroit Results In Worldwide Attention, Admiration


Start Garden Sets Goals to Boost Assistance for Minority-owned Tech Startups

JPMorgan Chase Ups Investment in Detroit’s ‘Economic Recovery’ to $200M by 2022

Altimetrik Corp. in Southfield Opens Collaboration Hub in Downtown Detroit

MEDA Members in the News
Buck Love: Moran Iron Works Gets Grant to Expand Shipbuilding Program

Economic Development Around the World
What’s Your U.S. Manufacturing and Tariff Strategy?


Detroit, Lansing Among 10 U.S. Cities to Join $12 Million Initiative to Boost Residents' Economic Mobility

Ford Launches $250,000 Community Challenge to Improve Mobility Around Michigan Central Station

FCC Task Force Will Help Connect Farms and Ranche

MEDA Members in the News
Connect with KB | Glen Stevens, Executive Director of MICHauto

MEDA Blog Post
Understanding the Entrepreneurial Mindset by Marsha Madle, President, Madle Consulting Services, LLC

Economic Development Around the World
Study: Automaker-supplier Relationships Remain Largely the Same Year-over-year


U.S. Economic Development Prioritizes Applications for Projects Located in Opportunity Zones

GM to Invest $150 Million to Boost Truck Output in Flint

School Districts Receive $3M Grant for Youth Trades Certification Programs

MEDA Members in the News
TraverseConnect to Expand its Mission

Economic Development Around the World
The Circular Economy Could Create an Enormous Jobs Boom


From TED to LEO: Whitmer Reorganizes Workforce, Economic Development Department

Former Inmates Are Getting Jobs As Employers Ignore Stigma In Bright Economy

MEDA Members in the News
Upper Peninsula Aims to Lead with Emerging Cybersecurity and Information Technology Markets
Redevelopment of Battle Creek’s Historic Record Box Building Gets State Support

Economic Development Around the World
The US Economy is About to Break a Record. These 11 Charts Show Why.


Grow Detroit by Supporting Local, Midsize Business, Report Urges

MSU, WMU Tailor New Workforce Training Programs to Fit Employers’ Needs

DTE, Consumers Energy Commit to Spend $15 Billion on Michigan Suppliers Over 5 Years

MEDA Members in the News
Hannah Sanderson: Foundation's Support Helps NLEA Provide Internship Opportunities

MEDA Blog Post
Five Reasons a Mentor is Important to your Economic Development Career

Economic Development Around the World
The Midwest Added 28,000 Renewable Energy Jobs in 2018
There’s a New Use for America’s Dying Malls: Co-working


Michigan Launches $3M Campaign to Meet Gap in Skilled Trades Jobs by 2026

Revolutionize Your Workforce Podcast: Role of Economic Development in the Workforce Ecosystem

USDA Announces $23 Million in Grants Available to Local and Regional Food Systems

MEDA Members in the News
Michigan Ag Commission Awards $400,000 in Grants

Economic Development Around the World
What’s Driving the Automotive Electronics Market, Industry Growth?


Lawmakers, Advocates Push for Revival of State’s Historic Preservation Tax Credit

Honesty is the Best Policy When Pitching VCs

Crowdfunding Partnership Spurs Placemaking Projects

MEDA Members in the News
The Right Place Assists Cyber Security Company With Expansion

Economic Development Around the World
Opportunity Zones Can Uplift Communities and Investors Alike
Shifting Into an Era of Repair: US Infrastructure Spending Trends - A Brookings Report


Michigan Corporate Relations Network Strengthens University and Industry Collaboration with Launch of Online Portal

Community Facilities Technical Assistance and Training Grant - Applications Due June 10t

Creative Chamber Pilot Program

MEDA Members in the News
New Rehab District Will Help $6.2 Million Doherty Renovations

Economic Development Around the World
Parson Unveils Plan to Grow MO Auto Industry
Why Amazon is Gobbling Up Failed Malls


3 Key Lessons from Encouraging Communities to Generate Change

Giffels Webster Secures $1.4 Million Grant for White Lake Township

MEDA Members in the News
Growth is in the Forecast for Bay City Economy
The Right Place receives Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development
Three Reasons Rail Lines are Important for Michigan’s Economy

MEDA Blog Post
Closer Look at Industry Sector Leads to New Program

Economic Development Around the World
Seven Tips to Keep a Job and Stay Competitive with Robots in a Brave New Age of Automation


Economic Development Hub to Open on Detroit's Livernois-McNichols Corridor

FCA to Let Detroiters Apply for New Assembly Plant Jobs First

West Michigan Town is No. 1 'Small City to Start a Business' in US

Treasury Issues Second Set of Highly Anticipated Opportunity Zones Guidance

MEDA Members in the News
Downtown Businesses Tap Into Community Support, Funding

Economic Development Around the World
The 10 U.S. Jobs Disappearing the Fastest


New Mi Bank Aims to Bank on Midsize Businesses

Who is Generation Z, the Next Workforce Pool?

Bringing Jobs to Michigan, U.P.

Michigan Economic Development Corp. Launches 2 Marketing Campaigns in Conjunction with 20-year Anniversary

MEDA Members in the News
InvestUP CEO Shares Vision for Economic Development
State Representative Ben Frederick Discusses Economic Development With Justin Horvath, President, Michigan Economic Developers Association (YouTube Video)

Economic Development Around the World
Bitcoin Tax Experiment Off to Slow Start in OH


Aptiv in Troy Releases nuScenes Autonomous Vehicle Data to Public to Further Research

Report: Technology Employment Expands in Michigan, Overall Direct Economic Impact of $37.4B

2019 Commercial Real Estate Industry Outlook

MEDA Members in the News
The Great Transformation: From Analog to Digital, Detroit Regional Partnership Leads New Business
Vicky Rad Appointed New County Director of Planning and Economic Development
MEDC Joins LEAP and Insurance Industry Leaders to Announce a New Statewide Economic Development Initiative

Economic Development Around the World
States Seeking to Influence ‘Opportunity Zone’ Investment


The Flint and Genesee Chamber of Commerce is Seeking Branding Development Consultant Services


Gov. Whitmer Appoints 11 New Members to MEDC Board

State Launches $1.5 Million Grant Program to Help Prepare Properties for Business Attraction - Applications Due May 1st

Members in Rural Michigan: Applications for USDA ReConnect Grant Program Due May 31st - Funding to Improve Broadband Connection

Report: Global Trade Supports More Than 1.1M Michigan Jobs

MEDA Blog Post
The Opportunity in Opportunity Zones

MEDA Members in the News
2018 Top Livingston County Successes
Giant Gains: Port Huron Becoming Strong Destination for Young Grads, Talent

Economic Development Around the World
States Improved Tax Incentive Evaluations in 2018


Building Shared Prosperity: How Communities Can Create Good Jobs for All - A Brand New Upjohn Report

2019 Michigan is Automobility Report - A Brand New MichAuto Report

Cost of Turnover Tool - A New Aspen Institute Publication for Companies to Justify Upskilling and Employee Retention

MEDA Members in the News
Osprey Technologies Receives Business Distinction

Kinexus Group Announces Van Buren County’s First Economic Development Organization, Market Van Buren

Economic Development Around the World
Distribution of R&D Performance by State


Training Future Workers at Summer Manufacturing Camps - Grants Available

Ford to Expand Production at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Will Add 900 Jobs in Michigan

Michigan Tech Formalizes Commitment to Grand Traverse Region

Nominate a Main Street

MEDA Members in the News
Hoyden Creative Principals Certified as Brand Strategists

Economic Development Around the World
7 Habits of Highly Effective Small Towns


Latest Pure Michigan Advertising Charge Puts U.P. on Display - Come to MEDA's 2019 Annual Meeting and see it for yourself!

New Life Ahead for Kahn-Designed Former Ford Mills in Wayne County

MEDA Members in the News
Plus One Program Recognizes Marquette County Businesses

Economic Development Around the World
These Opportunity Zone Investors Want to Support Local Businesse


For Food Manufacturers, the Right Economic Development Partner Is Critical

Are Your Local Ag Companies on the MIAgExport Directory?

Marquette DDA Expands Downtown Façade Grant Program through MEDC Grant

MEDA Members in the News
Downtowns Find They Have a Cool Factor
Historic Building in Benton Harbor Expected to be Redeveloped
Troy Chamber President to Leave for Position at Michigan Venture Capital Association


A New Tool from the Department of Commerce for Understanding Export Regulations

MDEQ Dramatically Increases Funding and Extends Deadline for Recycling Infrastructure Grants

Aspen Economic Strategy Group Presents Policies to Increase Work, Wages, and Skills

MEDA Members in the News
Alliance Says Bay County Plays an Important Role in Regional Growth
Cornerstone Alliance Recruits Developer for Major Project in Downtown BH
Detroit Economic Growth Corp. Bolsters Team With Promotion, New Hire

Economic Development Around the World
8 Things Your Town Can Do to Add More Housing (Without Spending a Dime)


Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan to Invest Up to $20M in Startups

Report: Capital Available for Small Businesses in Detroit, Hamtramck, Highland Park, More Work to Be Done

What Are the Most Innovative Economic Developers Thinking About In 2019?

MEDA Members in the News
Laying the Foundation for Growth, Falcon Industries Opens New Headquarters

Economic Development Around the World
The Brownfield Success Stories Map Puts Real Stories of Redevelopment Success Under Every Project Pin


New State Transportation Economic Development Grant Targets Villages and Cities with populations Less Than 10,000

Whitmer Taps Charter School Leader Doug Ross for Senior Adviser Role

Sometimes Businesses Need a Little Capital to Move Ahead. Small Business Action Team Can Help.

MEDA Members in the News
Macomb County Tops Country for Manufacturing Job GrowthSpotlight: Success Stories from the Underground Incubator

Economic Development Around the World
US Government Lays Out Strategy to Speed up Rural Broadband Deployment


Talent Needed for Michigan to Lead Auto's Future

West Michigan Developer Targets Opportunity Zones for Solar Projects

Gov. Whitmer Delights Manufacturers With Declaration of Career & Tech Ed Month

Lansing’s Michigan Land Bank Fast Track Authority to Offer Loans to Redevelop Publicly Owned Properties

MEDA Members in the News
How Three Metro Detroit Communities Are Turning Commercial Districts into New Downtowns

Economic Development Around the World
One Line of Your Zoning Code Can Make a World of Difference


Manistee DDA Seeking RFI's From Individuals/Groups/Organizations to Provide Economic Development Services in the DDA District


Bipartisan Bills: Michigan Lawmakers Take Fresh Aim at 'Dark Store' Taxes

Download the Center for Michigan's Truth Tour Report

Nominate a Champion of the New Economy by February 11th

MEDA Members in the News
Ready for Redevelopment: Meridian Township Receives Community Certification

Economic Development Around the World
Why Old Buildings Are the Key to Transforming a City


Family-owned Manufacturers Confront the "Succession Crisis"

Albion Receives $2 Million Grant for Infrastructure Improvements

Google Bringing Autonomous Vehicle Unit to Michigan, 100 Jobs Will be Created

NEW MEDA Blog Post!
New MEDA President Encourages Engagement to Build Even Stronger Association

Economic Development Around the World
State Economic Development Directors Bring Varied Backgrounds to Roll


State Selects Pilot projects for Michigan Mobility Challenge

2019 Regional Workforce Development RankingsMichigan #1 for East North Central in Site Selection Magazine Ranking

MEDA Members in the News
Hotels are Booming in Southeast Oakland County

Opportunity Zones

Economic Development Around the World
Breakdown of Biggest VC Raises in Midwestern States in 2018


Small Communities Get Helping Hand to Eliminate Blight

Macomb County to Highlight Tech and Talent at NAIAS

MEDA Members in the News
Economic Development Arm Detroit Regional Partnership Launches

Economic Development Around the World
Most Economists Expect Fed Will Hold Rates Steady at Least Until June


Whitmer Directive Gives State Contract Preference to Businesses in Disadvantaged Areas

Steps to Help Companies Respond to Tariffs and Trade Uncertainty

18 of the Biggest Policies and Problems Legislatures Will Confront in 2019

80 Michigan Communities are Blocking Recreational Marijuana Businesses

MEDA Members in the News
Kinexus Provides Further Details on $1.9M Going Pro Talent Fund Grants in SWM
MiBiz Crystal Ball 2019: What's Inside

Economic Development Around the World
Millennials Spark Seismic Shift in Site Selection


Crain's Michigan Business Reports for 2018

Hello West Michigan Announces New Executive Director

Meet the 65 Mobility Startups Coming to the 2019 North American International Auto Show

MEDA Members in the News
Michigan Works! Southeast Receives $2.3+ Million to Help Area Businesses

Economic Development Around the World
Will Norway's Electric Vehicle Boom Outlast its Incentives?


Talent Crunch Boosts Benefits

10 Things to Remember About 2018

Lansing Commitment Will Generate More Than $119 Million of Holiday Cheer Throughout Upper Peninsula

MEDA Members in the News
ZEISS to Build New State-of-the-Art Facility in the Detroit Metro Area

Economic Development Around the World
National Opportunity Zones Ranking Report


WMU Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment

Trump to Steer More Money to Opportunity Zones

771 Organizations Partner to Apply for More than $80 Million in Marshall Plan for Talent Innovation Grant Funds

MEDA Members in the News
Global Engineering Company Investing $1.7 Million, Creating Jobs in Farmington Hills

Economic Development Around the World
A Tale of Six TIFs


Stephanie Carroll Re-Elected for a Three-Year Term on MEDA Board of Directors


Kimberly Marrone Elected for a Second Three-Year Term on MEDA Board of Directors


Soo Locks Upgrade Would Bring Local, National Impacts

Understanding, and Capitalizing On, Opportunity Zones

Evaluating a Workforce Pipeline During Times of Low Unemployment

Talent Tips by Amy Clickner, CEcD, CFRM, Chief Executive Officer, Lake Superior Community Partnership

MEDA Members in the News
Park District Clears Major Hurdle, Receives State Tax Credit

Economic Development Around the World
Eight Former Economic Development Directors Tell Lawmakers Not to Change Job Creation Board
When Towns Lose a Factory, What Comes Next?


Justin Horvath Elected to Three-Year Term on MEDA Board of Directors, Starting in 2019


Hutchins Center Fiscal Impact Measure
The Hutchins Center Fiscal Impact Measure shows how much fiscal policy adds to or subtracts from overall economic growth.

How Does Your State Rank In Energy Efficiency?
A summary of the International Energy Agency's Energy Efficient Report with a link to the report.

Countering the Geography of Discontent: Strategies for Left-Behind Places
A Brookings Report

2019 EPA Environmental Justice Small Grants Solicitation Now Open!
These EJSG grants fund one-year project timelines and EPA anticipates awarding approximately 50 grants of up to $30,000 each, with 5 awards going to local projects in each EPA region.

Economic Development Around the World
A Suburban Model For Incremental Transit Improvement


Submit Michigan projects to Conway Data for Site Selection Magazine's 2018 Governor's Cup Contest ASAP: https://conway.com/analytics/conway-projects-guidelines.


Report: Auto Industry Must Find Additional Revenue Streams to Prosper

General Motors Closing Two Plants in Metro Detroit; Thousands of Jobs to Be Cut

Economic Development Around the World
The Surprising Impact of E-Commerce on Urban Real Estate Markets


Ottawa County Among Top Counties for Growth in Michigan

Report: Michigan Job Growth Expected to be Highest Since WWII

Marquette Broke Development Records in 2017

MEDA Members in the News
Negaunee Set to Move Forward With Economic Development Plan

Economic Development Around the World
Tulsa is Paying People More Than $10,000 Just to Move There


It's National Apprenticeship Week! Here Are Some Resources to Share

Share BACK TO MICHIGAN Events With Professionals Returning Home for the Holidays

Loan Pool Created to Stimulate Gogebic County Economy

Major Employment Trends Through 2026 by Amy Clickner, CEcD, CFRM, Chief Executive Officer, Lake Superior Community Partnership

MEDA Members in the News
Get Enthusiastic About Business Holiday Parties With Tips from MEDA's 2017 "Robert Sieghart Award for Enthusiasm for the Economic Development Profession" Winner, Doug Brown - Then Register for MEDA's Holiday Party "New Energy for the New Year"

Economic Development Around the World
Why Ecosystem-Building has Emerged as a New Approach to Economic Development


MSHDA Announces New Round of Funding for Neighborhood Enhancement Program

Employers Can Launch an Apprenticeship Program in a Day

Virginia Economic Development Guru to Head New Southeast Michigan Business Attraction Group

MEDA Members in the News
LEAP Receives Excellence in Economic Development Awards from the International Economic Development Council

Economic Development Around the World
Grappling With an Acute Labor Shortage, the Construction Industry is Being Forced to Get Creative


Help Your Local Businesses Prepare for Small Business Saturday

Meet the First Executive Director of the Michigan Infrastructure Council

Impact of Rail Regulation on Small Business

GUEST BLOGGER: Strategic Plan Still Sitting on the Shelf? by Andy Hayes, President, Northern Lakes Economic Alliance

Economic Development Around the World
Here's How America Uses It's Land


Patent Protection Access Bill Signed Into Law

PlanetM Launches New Million Dollar Startup Grant

How Do We Fix the Manufacturing Skills Gap? Lots of Ways!

REVISITING A POPULAR POST: What is Your Definition of Economic Development? by Ara Topouzian, President and CEO, Troy Chamber of Commerce

MEDA Members In the News
Benton Township Board Paves the Way for $6M Investment, 30+ Jobs at Gast Mfg.

Economic Development Around the World
Manufacturing is Making a Comeback in These 28 U.S. Cities


New Export Assistance Funds Available for Michigan’s Small Businesse

Adopting a Meta-Readiness Approach to Crisis Management

Trade War Remapping Automotive Manufacturing

REVISITING A POPULAR POST: Growing Your Talent Pool by Dan Casey, Chief Executive Officer, Economic Development Alliance of St. Clair County

MEDA Members In the News
Battle Creek Unlimited Gets $150K Grant to Draw in Drone Makers, Missile Defense Project

Economic Development Around the World
States Seek to Maintain Net Neutrality


Governor Rick Snyder Names Jeremy Hendges Interim Director of Talent and Economic Development Department of Michigan

Michigan House Approves Evaluations of Business Incentives

MEDA Members In the News
LEAP’s PROTO Accelerator Launches InsurTech Platform

MMDC Gets $100,000 Grant to Help Local Companies Gain Work with Defense Industry

Economic Development Around the World
Thinking of Exporting? My First Trade Mission with Automation Alley


New Study: Midland #2 in Nation in Growth 

Let's Detroit is What Region Needs to Retain Talent 

Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority Signs $5.7B Contract With Bridging North America, Bridge Expected to Open in 2024

MEDA Members In the News
Ypsi's East Cross Street Named One of America's "Great Places"

Economic Development Around the World
Report: Michigan Among Top 5 National Markets for Increase in Real House Prices


Seizing Opportunity in Today's Construction Technology Ecosystem

A National Report on How Opportunity Zones Are Coming Along, Maximizing Their Potential

Brothers Keep Gluten-Free Food Business in Michigan

MEDA Members In the News
Battle Creek City Commission Approves $7.9 Million Tax Abatements for Heritage Tower

Economic Development Around the World
The Flourishing Midwest - Why Some Cities are Prospering While Others Decline


Flint and Genesee Chamber Seeking RFP's for Consultant Services for Development of County-Wide Vision for Economic Vitality


James McBryde Accepts Term on MEDA Board of Directors


U.S. House Approves Authorization for Replacement Soo Lock

There's Still Time to Nominate a Rising Star in Economic Development

Improving Tax Increment Financing for Economic Development Free Report/PDF Download

New MEDA Blog Post
Redevelopment Ready Certification - Is it worth it? Kim Marrone, Economic Development and Communications Director, City of Oak Park

Economic Development Around the World
Rebuilding the Employment Security System for the Rust Belt That Created It A Brookings Report


Dispatching Business Expertise to Michigan Companies: U-M Helps UP Firm Grow Sales

SBA Announces Decrease in Surety Bond Guarantee Fees

Economic Development Around the World
Why Placemaking Is Now Place Marketing


Making the Most of Federal Funds for Regional Innovation

Meijer Market, Hotel Project Billed as 'Game-Changer' for Downtown Lansing

Skilled Trades Training Funding Earns Permanent Place in State Law

New MEDA Blog Post
Energy Opportunities in Michigan by JoAnn Crary, CEcD, President, Saginaw Future, Inc.

MEDA Members in the News
The Secret to Marshall’s Downtown Success? A Steady Past and An Aggressive Present.
Michigan Certified Development Corporation Promotes Eric Kehler

Economic Development Around the World
This Is the Innovative Component Every City Needs


Michigan Workers' Wages Rise, but So Do Costs

Corner Kiosks for Small Businesses

Economic Development Around the World
Chinese Cross-Border Consumption Report


Michigan: Strong Partnerships, Stronger Growth

Gov. Snyder Unveils Plan to Expand Broadband Access

Maximizing the Benefits of Incentives

Economic Development Around the World
These Cities Are Finishing Strong as Amazon Narrows Down Choice for New Headquarters


US-131 Communities Partner To Encourage Tourists, Businesses To “Explore 131 North”

Help DCI Find the Brightest Rising Stars in Economic Development

Cool Spaces: Century-old School is Now an Apartment Building in Portland

Opening of New Lear Plant Fuels Flint's Rebirth

MEDA Members in the News
Local Leaders React to the $555M Dairy Operation Planned in St. Johns

Economic Development Around the World
Manufacturers Increase Efforts to Woo Workers to Rural Areas and Other Methods Being Tried Around The County to Gain or Retain Manufacturing Workers


TED's New Talent Development Liaison Team Will Help Build Business and Education Partnerships

Free Opportunity Analysis Reports and Market Tracker Data for Qualifying Ag Companies

The Recent Rebound in Prime Age Labor Force Participation - A Brookings Report

MEDA Members in the News
Spence Brothers Makes Crain's List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in 2018

Economic Development Around the World
Burleson, Texas, Responds to Skills Gap With Signing Day Event


What Employers Want From Cities

Employers Eager to Hire Try a New Policy: No Experience Necessary

Pfizer Project Shows Michigan's Life Science Sector is Alive, Growing

MEDA Members in the News
Paw Paw School Board Seats New Member

Economic Development Around the World
Are Large Global Cities Pulling Away From Their Surrounding Regions? - A Brookings Report


City of Hastings Seeking RFP's for Acquisition and Development of Downtown Lot


Financial-tech Incubator to Open in Detroit

Here's How Two Michigan Counties Are Taking Manufacturing Day Very Seriously

Applications Open for $1 Million Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition

MEDA Members in the News
Deb Stuart Wins MML's Community Builder Award - Hear Her Interview in Limelight Podcast

Economic Development Around the World
City Budgets in an Era of Increased Uncertainty - a Brookings Report


Detroit Regional Chamber and General Motors NeighborHUB Grant Program Now Accepting Applications For Five Grants Up To $30,000

Flint: Fertile Ground Where Ideas Come to Life and Promote Economic Growth

Uncertainties of Trade War Leave Local Businesses Unable to Plan

Michigan Releases Hot 50 Jobs Outlook through 2026

MEDA Members in the News
Right Place Signs Partnership with Oceana County

Economic Development Around the World
Top 10 States that are Winning the War for Talent


New Zones Created by Tax Overhaul Draw Investor Attention

Recommendations for Small Towns to Maintain Quality of Life as Populations Decline

MEDA Members in the News
Meet Tyler Rossmaesler
Northwood University Recognizes Annette Rummel in Distinguished Women Awards

Economic Development Around the World
U.S. Tariff's Among the Lowest in the World - and in the Nation's History


Check Out the Economic Development Matters Video

Top Ilitch Spokesman Leaving for MEDC Job

Data Shows Pay is Up for Northern Michigan Jobs

MEDA Members in the News
Spotify USA Inc. to Open a Regional Office in Birmingham

Economic Development Around the World
America's New Factory-Building Frenzy


USDA Rural Development Wants You to Know that They Have Grant Money for Water & Waste Disposal - Get Complete Details

Midwest Farmers Who Plan Ahead Could Turn Climate Change Into an Agricultural Advantage

Community Engagement Toolkit

MEDA Members in the News
Hatchcast by MSU Hatch on Apple Podcast

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How Subway Ads Asking Millennials to Move Helps Economic Development

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