Alumni News: M.U.P alum earns Conboy Award from Michigan Economic Developers Association
Perrin Emanuel (M.U.P.’80), President, HP Devco, Inc. was awarded this year’s Conboy Award at the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Annual Conference. The event was held August 21 – 23, 2013 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids.
In a press release by MEDA, it was noted that:
"Perrin serves as an excellent role model for the importance of the economic development profession. He took the reins at Highland Park in 1989. It was a community that was transitioning from the loss of an enormous taxpayer and he led them forward, building a viable business community. While working hard with his partners at HP Devco, Inc., to attract more than 50 major businesses to the community and over $350 million in residential, industrial and commercial development to the area, Perrin has found time to teach and mentor others in the profession. He served on the MEDA Board of Directors from 2007 to 2010, serving as President in 2009. He has contributed to other organizations to advance the economic development profession: Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, Reggie McKenzie Foundation Advisory Council and the City of Southfield Building Authority. There is a lot to learn from the example that Mr. Emanuel presents to his fellow economic developers."
The Michigan Economic Developers Association has been the leader of economic development in Michigan for over 50 years and consists of members who strive to build and retain economic development in Michigan.
The Conboy Award is given to MEDA members who have made substantial, long-term contributions/commitment to MEDA, specifically focusing on the advancement of the economic development profession through support of education/training and/or by expanding the knowledge base of economic developers.