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MEDA 2021 Capitol Day: MDHHS Sr. Public Health Physician to Speak on COVID Vaccine Progress, Workforce Impacts

Michigan Business Network
February 25, 2021 8:00 AM

Michigan Economic Developers Association
Virtual Capitol Day - March 9, 2021
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About Capitol Day
The Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) invites you to attend our annual legislative conference, Capitol Day. This event will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, via Zoom. Capitol Day includes sessions on the latest legislative issues related to economic development at the local, state, and federal level.
As MEDA’s annual legislative conference, Capitol Day is the event for learning about the latest legislative initiatives at the local, state, and federal level that could impact economic development. This year, there is so much to consider given the dramatic impact that the pandemic had on our great state. Not only will we look at initiatives but will also consider changes at the State level because of those impacts as well as how health initiatives impact economic development.

Conference Website
For full information on the conference, including agenda, location, etc., visit www.medaweb.org/capitolday. Also, connect with us on FacebookLinkedIn, and Twitter.
8:15 a.m. Zoom Meeting Opens
8:30 a.m. State of the State Legislature
Hear from a senior editor and podcast host at one of Michigan's premiere business news sources as to what he sees taking place at the Capitol that has emerged from the challenges brought forth in 2020 and what we might see in the year ahead.
Chad Livengood, Senior Editor, Politics, Policy, and Detroit Rising, Crain’s Detroit Business
9:00 a.m. Networking Break
9:20 a.m. Post-Pandemic Economic Development Policy
Four MEDA 2020 Legislative Economic Development Champions from opposite sides of the aisle will discuss what they would like to see for economic growth as COVID-19 loses its hindering influence on Michigan. They will also touch on current and proposed policies and how they could impact economic development.
Moderator: Justin Horvath, CEcD, President and CEO, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership
Panelist: Majority Floor Leader and State Representative Ben Frederick
State Representative Abdullah Hammoud, MPH, MBA
State Representative Steve Marino
10:20 a.m. Networking Break
10:40 a.m. Michigan Launch Initiative Discussion
The Michigan Launch Initiative (MLI) is a public/private non-profit entity that provides a collaborative platform for academia, industry, and governmental agencies to provide low earth orbit (LEO) and hypersonic launch technology for commercial and defense applications. The MLI’s priority is to organize industry partners to establish and operate satellite launch facilities and a command center in Michigan. The panel will focus on recent developments, economic opportunities for the entire state, and challenges and barriers to success.
Moderator: Kurt Brauer, Partner, Warner Norcross + Judd LLP
Panelists: Gavin Brown, Executive Director, Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association
State Representative Joe Tate
11:40 a.m. Membership Meeting
11:50 a.m. Lunch
12:50 p.m. MEDC Update
The team at the MEDC worked hard to support businesses and communities during the challenges in 2020. What is the latest and how will it impact their budget, staff, and program offerings? What does the CEO foresee for 2021?
Mark Burton, CEO, Michigan Economic Development Corporation
1:20 p.m. Networking Break
1:35 p.m. Meet the Economic Development Leaders for Michigan
The Economic Development Leaders for Michigan (EDLM) is a coalition of 12 leading regional economic development organizations throughout the state. Learn about the initiatives that they are advocating for in the coming year, such as Good Jobs for Michigan, and how you can partner with them.
Moderator: James McBryde, President & CEO, Middle Michigan Development Corporation
Panelists: JoAnn Crary, President, Saginaw Future Inc.
Kevin Johnson, President & CEO, Detroit Economic Growth Corporation
Maureen Krauss, President & CEO, Detroit Regional Partnership
3:00 p.m. Networking Break 
3:15 p.m. Health and Economic Development
The recovery of our state depends upon several factors including vaccine distribution and continued monitoring. Learn about the current status of the COVID-19 vaccine, as well as implications for businesses and the workforce due to the pandemic.
Natasha Bagdasarian, MD, MPH, Senior Public Health Physician, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
3:45 p.m. Adjourn
Corporate Sponsors 
Capitol Day Sponsors
Thank You Sponsors
Thank you ITC, A Fortis Company for sponsoring this event.
Recertification Credits
This program 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.
This event is recognized by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) as a professional development event that counts toward the recertification of Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).
Cost, Invite Your Legislators, Cancellation Policy, and Registration
Attendee Fees
MEDA Members: $90
Non-Members: $160*
*If not a member of MEDA, ask cjorae@medaweb.org how you can attend this program for free by joining MEDA.
Invite Your Legislators
Legislators are welcome to attend complimentary, but we ask that they RSVP to cjorae@medaweb.org. One staff person can be sent in place of the legislator. Staff receive MEDA member rate if they attend with the legislator.
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to cjorae@medaweb.org 24 hours in advance of the start time in order to receive a full refund. Those who do not cancel and do not attend will be charged the full price of registration.
Once you register through MEDA, you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link. You must pre-register using that Zoom link in order to get the link to attend. This is done so we can provide breakout rooms during networking breaks.
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