Holland, MI chosen for next year's Michigan Economic Developers Association Annual Meeting

Posted in News on August 24, 2016

Holland, Michigan – For the first time ever, the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) will hold its annual meeting in Holland, MI, August 15-17, 2017. The announcement was made at the annual statewide gathering of economic development professionals this week in Detroit via a video and presentation given by Jennifer Owens, president of the area’s non-profit economic development organization, Lakeshore Advantage. 

“I’m thrilled to be hosting my economic development colleagues here next year, so they can experience first-hand what makes ours such a great place to work, live, learn and play,” said Jennifer Owens, who will also be the annual meeting committee chairperson. “This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how we work together to achieve economic success, particularly as the fastest growing county in Michigan.”

In the past, Holland was not considered for the annual meeting because of its limited centralized hotel room capacity to host such an event. The recent growth of the downtown Holland hotel room inventory allows for the entire MEDA group to be accommodated together for the annual meeting.

“Holland will be celebrating another first when the MEDA economic development leaders come to town and enjoy all our area has to offer,” said City of Holland Mayor Nancy DeBoer, who has agreed to be on the planning committee for the event. “I trust they will be among the first of many organizations of this size who will choose to host annual meetings, conferences and learning events in our great city because of our amenities and expanded, centralized hotel room capacity.”

MEDA's biggest education and networking event of the year is its annual meeting. This three-day conference includes educational sessions covering the most important economic development topics and issues of the time as well as several networking opportunities for the more than 200 annual attendees.

“When we choose our annual MEDA meeting host city, we look for an area where forward-thinking economic development practices are working,” said John Avery, executive director of MEDA. “I’m expecting record membership attendance next year in Holland, because of the beautiful location and the numerous examples of how partners in a region work together to create a viable, sustainable, wonderful community where businesses and residents want to be.”