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Holland to host next year's economic developers' conference

BY MiBiz Staff Friday, August 26, 2016 12:51pm

HOLLAND — At this time next year, economic developers from around Michigan will gather in Holland.

The Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) today announced that its annual conference will be held in Holland for the first time ever, according to a statement released by Lakeshore Advantage, a Zeeland-based regional economic development organization.

Previously, the lakeshore city had not been considered for the conference due to a lack of hotel room inventory, but new options such as the recently-completed Courtyard By Marriott on 8th Street have made it possible.

“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 Lakeshore Advantage president Jennifer Owens in a statement. “This is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate how we work together to achieve economic success, particularly as the fastest growing county in Michigan.”

Owens will serve as the committee chair for next year’s MEDA gathering.

The three-day conference will take place Aug. 15-17, 2017. It wasn’t immediately clear where in Holland the event will take place.

The conference is expected to draw approximately 200 people, according to the statement.

Past MEDA conferences have taken place in Detroit and at the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls.

“When we choose our annual MEDA meeting host city, we look for an area where forward-thinking economic development practices are working,” said MEDA executive director John Avery in a statement. “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.”

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