Perrin T. Emanuel, M.U.P. '80, has been appointed president of the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Board of Directors for 2009.
Perrin Emanuel is a native of the city of Highland Park and was an honors graduate of the Highland Park School District, class of 1974. He holds a bachelors degree in general studies and a masters degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan. He is currently the president of HP Devco, Inc., the nonprofit economic development agency servicing the city of Highland Park. He has been instrumental in generating more than $300 million in new residential, commercial, industrial, and public infrastructure redevelopment in Highland Park since 1989. Emanuel has more than 25 years of professional experience in economic development and has worked for such organizations as New Detroit, Inc., Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, City of Ann Arbor, City of Ypsilanti, Wayne County Economic Development Corporation, and the Detroit Minority Business Development Agency. Current boards and affiliations include being a MEDA board member, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency board member, Highland Park Boys and Girls Club vice president and board member, a member of the City of Highland Park School Superintendent's Advisory Council and the Reggie McKenzie Foundation Advisory Council, and a City of Southfield Building Authority commissioner.
Emanuel has been a valued member of MEDA for many years. During his time, he has served on the MEDA Board of Directors as secretary and vice president, as well as serving on the Education Committee, two years on the Annual Meeting Committee, and on the former Land Use Task Force. Emanuel's commitment to the economic development profession is a great example for all MEDA members.
The Michigan Economic Developers Association has been the leader of economic development in Michigan for almost 50 years. Consisting of members who strive to build and retain business in Michigan, MEDA makes it possible for professionals to do their job more effectively and efficiently. For more information regarding Michigan Economic Developers Association, please call the MEDA office at (517) 241-0011 or visit medaweb.org.