It is an honor and privilege to serve as the 2016 MEDA Board of Directors President. As a member of this professional organization for over ten years, I am grateful for this opportunity to represent all members of MEDA across the state of Michigan. I value the trust you have placed in me and will work hard to maintain that trust.
I feel very fortunate to work with such a group of outstanding individuals who make up our Board of Directors. Thank you to our 2015 President, Kara Wood, for her leadership over the past year. I would also like to thank Michelle Aniol and Jennifer Owens for their service to the Board. We welcome new Board Member Kimberly Marrone, from the City of Oak Park to the Board as a Member at Large. Finally, it’s always important to have people you can count on. I’d like to recognize John Avery and Cassandra Jorae for their hard work and dedication to the organization. Thank you for the fantastic job you do every day.
The Board of Directors will continue to focus on our most critical and important opportunity; our members. Member engagement and creating more value for MEDA members is a top priority for the Board. Your participation in MEDA is critical and essential to the overall success of our organization. We are looking forward to developing new programs and listening to you, our members. I cannot stress enough how important it is to be engaged in order to identify opportunities in our profession. We need to challenge ourselves and our approaches to Economic Development. I encourage you to have open dialogue with Board members. Your input and support are needed for the overall continued success of MEDA.
Day in and day out, we are all working to bring the Michigan economy back from the economic decline for which we all experienced. By supporting business growth and development, encouraging entrepreneurship and innovation, promoting foreign and domestic investment in our communities, and championing the cause of building strong communities through the nurturing of a robust economy, MEDA can play an important role in Michigan’s economic development strategy.
In addition to the other great programs we have throughout the year, our Annual Meeting will be held in Detroit from August 23-26th at the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. The planning committee is hard at work on the content and you will be seeing information come out in the next few months about out annual event. You won’t want to miss it.
Thank you and cheers to 2016!
Authored By: Stephanie Carroll, Manager, Business Development & Community Relations, City of Auburn Hills. Stephanie is MEDA Board President for 2016.