TPMA announced today that it has partnered with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) as its strategic consultant to lead diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) strategic planning for the organization. This is an important milestone for MEDC as it strives to be best-in-class among state economic development organizations as it relates to equity and inclusion.
“TPMA is excited to partner with MEDC to support this important initiative. We believe that true impact is made when diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives are present at the table. We are honored to be at that table with MEDC and contributing to Michigan’s competitive advantage as a welcoming business environment for all,” says Megan Wagner, Senior Director of Strategic Business Relations who is advising the partnership.
MEDC, in collaboration with more than 100 economic development partners, markets Michigan as the place to do business, assists businesses in their growth strategies, and fosters the growth of vibrant communities across the state.
Equitable, high-wage growth became a core guiding principle during the development of MEDC’s strategic plan in 2019. Through the refresh of the strategic plan in 2022, equity was reaffirmed as a priority in every aspect of MEDC programs and operations.
“As the MEDC continues to grow and evolve, so too has our commitment to equitable growth and prosperity. This has been demonstrated in our shift to a more local, regionalized approach to support businesses and communities, the growth of our DEI team, the creation of our Small Business Services and Solutions team, and more initiatives forthcoming” said MEDC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer Aileen Bovan. “TPMA was chosen in a competitive process for their extensive experience working with statewide organizations, having a proven track record in economic development, and a clear understanding of what the MEDC is hoping to accomplish. We look forward to the results of their work.”
Planning is already underway and will include robust research, an intensive organizational review, and a DEI roadmap for the future. For more information, contact Steven Gause, Director of Strategy and Growth Initiatives, at firstname.lastname@example.org.