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While at Shanty Creek Resort, in Bellaire, Michigan, for the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA), we sat in on the Lunch and Membership Meeting. Listeners get a flavor of the experience from the event. MEDA has been especially focused on Strategic Planning, specifically member engagement, branding, and advocacy. The rest of the segments are the give and take of their membership feedback.
Fellow broadcaster on Michigan Business Network, Andy Hayes, of Northern Lakes Economic Alliance (NLEA) was on the road again, and Chris Holman tracked him down between meetings. It has been extremely busy in 2015 for the Upper Mitten, (the northern portion of the lower peninsula of Michigan).
Chris touches base with Roger Curtis, President, Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI, and Patti Poppe, Consumers Energy's Senior Vice President of Distribution Operations, Engineering and transmission, Jackson, MI. Chris reviews 2015 at the speedway then discusses how MIS recently was named Green Generation Customer of the Year by Consumers Energy.
Amy Clickner, CEO of Lake Superior Community Partnership, wraps up Chris Holman's interviews from Shanty Creek Resort and MEDA's Annual Meeting, on economic development. She speaks with Chris about the regional growth in the upper peninsula in several sectors, including healthcare, fishing, hunting, mining, and entrepreneurship.
Jeff Williams, Co-Owner of Public Policy Associates, was a moderator for several panel discussions this year at the Michigan Economic Developers Association's (MEDA) Annual Meeting. Chris was able to track him down for a discussion.
Michigan Business Network partner, Consumers Energy, was a corporate sponsor at MEDA's annual meeting this year, and Dennis Marvin, its Community Engagement Manager, spoke with Chris about how the traditional focus of Consumers Energy has been on industrial, manufacturing and commercial companies, but there is definitely a focus on residential clients as well.
From the MEDA Annual Meeting in Bellaire, Michigan, Chris spoke with Jenifer Owens, CEO of Lake Shore Advantage, in Zeeland, Michigan. Lake Shore Advantage is an economic development agency in Ottawa county. One of the main focuses of the agency is to attract new and retain existing businesses.
From the MEDA (Michigan Economic Developers Association) Annual Meeting on Thursday, August 20, Chris caught up with fellow Michigan Business Network broadcaster, Bob Trezise, President/CEO of LEAP (Lansing Economic Area Partnership), and Committee Chair of MEDA.