MEDA 2018 Emerging Leaders Spring Program
April 26, 2018 ♦ Lansing, Michigan
MEDA invites you to attend our Emerging Leaders Spring Program. This event will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at the Michigan Municipal League (MML) Offices in Lansing, Michigan.

About MEDA's Emerging Leaders Spring Program
This special half-day is created by emerging leaders in economic development for their peers. Sessions will let you to better understand core areas of economic development down to the terminology used by the well-versed. This year, there is a strong focus on learning from experience!

8:30 a.m. Registration Opens

9:00 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. Sponsorship Address: SME

9:05 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. Our Economic Development Experience
Company representatives will talk about their experience working with the economic development community. What did they like, what would they change, and what would they have not been able to do without at economic developer (or team) on their side?
Matthew J. Farrell, CEO/Co-Founder, CORE Partners
Joe Neal, President
and Owner, 2SP
Others TBD

9:50 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. Networking Break

10:05 a.m. – 10:10 a.m. Sponsorship Address: Antero Group

10:10 a.m. – 10:55 a.m. Engaging Your Board in Strategic Planning
Creating, modifying, implementing, and tracking the success of, a strategic plan is a team effort between an economic development agency, its board of directors, and other stakeholders. Those individuals may have other ideas for what is best, as well as day jobs of their own. What are some effective strategies for getting your board to play a role in the process throughout the year?
Rob Cleveland, CEcD, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Alliance

10:55 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Networking Break

11:10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Learning from Established Leaders
A group of respected economic developers from communities around Michigan will share their experiences, how the landscape has changed, what they foresee, and their suggestions for preparing for your career for success.
Nik Banda, Deputy City Manager/Community & Economic Development Director, City of Rochester
Panelists: Justin Horvath, CEcD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership

Malinda Jensen, Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs, Detroit Economic Growth Corp.
Don Schurr, Retired Gratiot County Economic Developer

12:00 p.m. – 12:15 p.m. Time to Get Lunch (Provided)

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Economic Development Ethics
Gaining familiarity with economic development ethics policies is substantial for a healthy career. Learn what is expected regarding professional conduct in the profession.
Tim Robinson, CEcD, EDFP, Director of Operations, Lenawee Now

1:00 p.m. Adjourn

Thank You Sponsors

Early Registration: MEDA Members $50/Non-Members $60
Regular Registration (starts at midnight one week before the program): MEDA Members $65/Non-Members $75

Cancellations must be received in writing to 24 hours prior to the event in order to receive a refund. Attendees who do not attend or cancel will be charged the full registration fee.

Recertification Credits
This event has been approved for (1) continuing education credit for Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from the National Development Council (NDC). Use the form on this page to claim your credit.

**Please note that while the content of this program is geared toward emerging leaders, anyone that feels a need for this training can attend.
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Corporate Sponsors 
MEDA, P.O. Box 15096, Lansing, MI 48901-5096