WHAT IS MEDA?
The Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created to connect people and organizations who collaborate to grow the economy in the state of Montana. We represent economic developers and the small businesses, industries, lenders, and other partners with whom they work to make things happen in our state.
Strengthen Montana's community and economic development through education, advocacy, and collaboration.
80+ organizations and entities
200+ past and present members
Millions of dollars in CARES, ARPA, and other forms of support collectively leveraged throughout the state of Montana during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Implement the priorities established by the MEDA NextGen report published in 2020 and updated in 2021 to reflect the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MEDA in its current form as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization was incorporated on September 24, 1993, but the groundwork had been laid all the way back in 1988, when the first Montana Economic Development Professional Network was formed. As this network grew in size, so did the conversations about how best to collaborate on a statewide basis.
As a result, the network was renamed to the Montana Economic Development Coalition in 1991, to the Professional Economic Developers Association of Montana in 1992, and finally to the Montana Economic Developers Association in 1993, which it has remained to this day.