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Member Benefits

Connect, Collaborate and Compete

The GLEDC allows members to connect, collaborate and ultimately, compete more effectively for new investment for their community, thereby lifting the prosperity of the entire region.

provides members the tools and resources to works to  to increase each state’s and each province’s competitive advantage for investment and thereby preserve and strengthen the economic prosperity of the entire region.

Acquire Knowledge

Gain valuable knowledge of industry best practices, emerging economic trends in the Great lakes, regional development activities, legislative issues and more through exclusive content, events, social media, and e-newsletters. 


Get to know your fellow economic developers and maintain and make valuable friendships at conferences, virtual meetings, local chapter roundtables and other events.  Gain new insights, ideas, knowledge and useful contacts to help you serve your community and career better. 


Our events feature exciting speakers and outstanding programs and serves as a forum for an exchange of ideas on current issues affecting economic development across the Great Lakes. GLEDC events are also a time to recognize the achievements and contributions of our members through recognition and awards.


We are committed to helping members enhance their leadership position in the community. GLEDC has established alliances with state, provincial, regional and national organizations to deliver professional development programs.

Gain Visibility 

Market your community through the Invest Great Lakes marketing initiative, online membership directory and annual publication, Great Lakes Biz.

Career Growth

Advance your career with  access to our members-only listing of available career opportunities at Career Connections.

Save Money

Receive discounts on GLEDC events and services along with those offered by our service provider partners such as the members-only discount on the industry-exclusive Site Selector Consultant Database