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LEAP’s CEO Receives MEDA President’s Award

Monday, August 24, 2015   (0 Comments)
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LEAP’s CEO Receives MEDA President’s Award


LANSING, MI – Last week at the Michigan Economic Developers Association’s (MEDA) Annual Conference at Shanty Creek Resorts, LEAP’s President and CEO, Bob Trezise was awarded the prominent President’s Award for his leadership in economic development. The President’s Award is given to a member that has provided a substantial contribution to the MEDA. Bob was given the award for his work in creating and driving the theme of this year’s Annual Meeting.


“Bob is passionate about creating a positive image for economic development professionals and saw the discussion about the profession as a top priority, given the recent common criticisms of the industry. This is an opinion that he regularly shared with his colleagues and used to promote attendance and sponsorship,” said MEDA in a release.


“In the last 15 years, Bob has been instrumental in the revitalization of the urban environment and growth of the Lansing region. This President's Award recognition is for his work as a champion for economic development and his success as a top economic developer in Michigan. His passion for the profession and the development and support of young economic development professionals is profound and now represented across the State of Michigan and the nation. He has worked tirelessly on his own personal time to make the MEDA Annual Meeting an event that the entire profession can benefit from. Bob actively encourages members of the LEAP team to be involved in MEDA as members and volunteers. All who are dedicated to the work of the organization despite the time and effort required,” said Kara Wood, President of the Board of Directors for MEDA and Director of Economic Development for the City of Grand Rapids.


“I am honored to have received this President’s award from the Michigan Economic Developers Association. It was also my honor to serve as this year’s MEDA Annual Meeting Committee Chair,” said Bob Trezise. “While this prestigious award was presented to me, it is really an award recognizing all of LEAP’s leadership efforts statewide, especially those of MEDA Advocacy Committee Chair Karl Dorshimer (of LEAP) and MEDA Education Committee Chair Steve Willobee (of LEAP), and LEAP’s influential support of state economic development efforts and the efforts of MEDA. MEDA is an incredibly important organization, led by this year’s outstanding President Kara Wood, providing critical advocacy for our state’s economic development profession and efforts.”




The Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) is a coalition of area leaders committed to building a prosperous and vibrant region where business can thrive. To do this, we help entrepreneurs start new businesses, help existing businesses grow, and attract new businesses to the region. For more information about LEAP, please visit

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