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2024 Annual Meeting "Fresh Ingredients"

2024 Annual Meeting "Fresh Ingredients"

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 5:30 PM - Friday, August 16, 2024 12:30 PM (EDT)


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 and several networking opportunities. 

This year, we will focus on how longstanding key components in the recipe for economic development success - public support, infrastructure, jobs, people, streetscapes, site selector support – can all be enhanced by federal investment, AI, new supply chain strategies, and comprehensive community development, can refine your economic development strategy for tomorrow.

Conference Agenda

Visit this page for a detailed agenda with sessions, speakers, and activities.

Location and Hotel Reservations

Location and Hotel Reservations

Sponsor the Conference

Meet the Sponsors

Sponsorship Packages

Use this form contact Cassandra at if you are interested in sponsoring.

Thank You Committee

Annual Meeting Committee

Recertification Qualifications

This program has been approved for (1) continuing education credit for Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP) certification from Grow America (formerly the National Development Council). Use the form on this page to claim your credit.

We will apply to have this event recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations must be received in writing to on or before August 1st to receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations between August 2nd and 7th will have a $75 processing fee.
  • There will be no refunds after August 8th.
  • Those who do not cancel and do not attend will be charged the full price of registration.
  • The policy includes all paid activities including guest fees and tours.

Early Rates - MEDA Members $335*/Non-Members $445 **
Regular Rates - MEDA Members $350*/Non-Members $460 ** (Starts on August 6th)
*If you joined MEDA in the last year, you may still have a New Member Coupon that you can apply toward this event. Email Cassandra at to check!
**If not a member of MEDA, you can get a coupon for $TBD if you join and pay for attendance before the conference. Email Cassandra at if interested. You can learn more about membership on our Join MEDA page.

Optional Fees
RFI Bootcamp $55/Non-Members $70
Craft Beverage and Sweets Tour $20
Trivia Night $35

Guest (spouse, children, etc.) Fees
Early Arrivals Reception: $35
Opening Reception: $50
Awards Reception: $50
Craft Beverage and Sweets Tour $20
Trivia Night $35

Shanty Creek Resort
5780 Shanty Creek Rd.
Bellaire, MI 49615 United States
The educational portion of the conference will take place at the Lakeview Hotel and Conference Center.
Event Contact
Cassandra Jorae
(517) 241-0011
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Tuesday, August 13, 2024 5:30 PM - Friday, August 16, 2024 12:30 PM (EDT)
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