MEDA Elects New Board Members


The membership of the Michigan Economic Developers Association has recently elected three new members to its board of directors. They are: Michelle Aniol, Downtown Development Authority administrator and economic development coordinator of the Charter Township of Lyon; Luke Bonner, vice president, business development, Ann Arbor SPARK, and Lois Ellis, vice president of economic development, Lake Superior Community Partnership. Michelle will serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors.

Aniol is Lyon Township’s first economic development professional. She will coordinate activities of the DDA/Township to promote and encourage economic development in the largest DDA District in Oakland County. She will also develop programs and policies, formulate recommendations to the DDA and township boards, and act as liaison between local government and private business in an effort to create a business-friendly environment that supports business retention, expansion or attraction.

“She continually demonstrates energy and professionalism in initiating programs for business retention and promotion in Lyon Township,” Township Supervisor Lannie Young, said. “I believe her election to the MEDA board of directors will be a valuable asset to our community as well as the entire MEDA program.”

Aniol will be the contact for business services; will serve as an advocate within the township, county and state government to assist companies through the necessary regulatory process; and assists township businesses find the talent they need to thrive.

The MEDA has been the leading voice of economic development in the state for more than 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.