MMA Legislative Day 2024

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Get “hands-on” lobbying experience, connect with key policymakers and learn about MMA’s efforts to develop a pro-manufacturing economy during MMA’s annual Capitol event.

From pre-registration to the evening reception, MMA Legislative Day is all about networking. Save the date and plan to join us Tuesday, April 30, 2024 in Lansing for this exclusive opportunity to connect with industry advocates, legislative leaders and regulatory officials.


Date & Location
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024
  • Event
  • Heritage Hall • Michigan State
    Capitol Building, Lansing
  • Reception
  • MMA Headquarters, Lansing
    Registration for MMA Legislative Day,
    including Reception
  • $175/person for MMA Industry & Associate Members
  • $275/person for MMA Insurance and Future members
    Registration for Reception only
  • $100/person for MMA Industry & Associate Members
  • $200/person for MMA Insurance and Future members

Program Lineup

8:30 a.m.    

at Heritage Hall

9:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:10 a.m.

Government Affairs Updates
Mike Johnston • MMA
Caroline Liethen • MMA
Dave Worthams • MMA

10:15 a.m.

Advocacy in Action
House Legislative Meetings

11:50 a.m.

Networking Lunch
at Heritage Hall

12:35 p.m.

Guest Speaker
Julia Dale • Unemployment Insurance Agency

1:00 p.m.

Workforce Solutions Update
Tanya Blehm • Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association
Bill Rayl • MMA

1:30 p.m.

Advocacy in Action
Senate Legislative Meetings

3:45 p.m.

Legislative Panel
Speaker of the House Joe Tate
Senate Republican Leader Aric Nesbitt

5:00 p.m.

2024 MMA Legislative Reception
MMA Headquarters

Director Julia DaleJulia Dale, Director, Unemployment Insurance Agency

Julia Dale has more than 20 years of service to the residents of the state of Michigan in leadership and management roles throughout government. Her extensive career, education and training give her the tools to focus on helping all Michiganders and provide exceptional customer service to residents and businesses. Dale previously served as director at the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. She holds a law degree and previously worked as an Assistant Attorney General and Section Head of the Department of Attorney General's Business and Charities Section.

Speaker Joe TateSpeaker of the House Joe Tate

Speaker Joe Tate is serving his third term, representing the 10th House District, a diverse community that covers Detroit’s northeast side and the communities of the Village of Grosse Pointe Shores, Grosse Pointe Woods, Grosse Pointe Farms, Grosse Pointe city, Grosse Pointe Park and part of Harper Woods. After an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps, he earned both an MBA and a master’s in environmental policy and planning from the University of Michigan. Before joining the Legislature, Tate helped small businesses grow their capacity as a program manager for the Detroit Economic Growth Corp.

Senator Aric NesbittSenate Republican Leader Aric Nesbitt

Senator Aric Nesbitt (R-Porter Twp.) grew up on a six-generation family farm in West Michigan. He went on to earn an economics degree from Hillsdale College, later earning a master’s in international business. He served three terms in the Michigan House of Representatives before being elected to the Michigan Senate. He represents the 20th Senate District, which includes portions of Berrien, Van Buren, Allegan and Kent counties and currently serves as Senate Republican Leader.

Tanya BlehmTanya Blehm, Manager, Great Lakes Bay Manufacturers Association

Tanya Blehm, a proud Michigander and Northwood University alumna, brings 35 years of diverse expertise to the table. With a strong foundation in customer service, she has honed her skills in building lasting relationships. Tanya’s commitment extends to the non-profit sector, where she has championed various causes with passion and dedication. In the realm of exporting, Tanya navigated complex global markets with finesse, while her tenure in the furniture industry showcases her eye for design and quality. A seasoned professional, Tanya Blehm embodies excellence in every endeavor she undertakes.

2024 Sponsors

Enbridge MetLife Blue Cross Blue Shield Caterpillar Heritage-Crystal Clean Kellanova Consumers Energy Highland Copper Company

2024 Sponsorship

Support manufacturing growth and innovation with sponsorship and engagement opportunities available throughout the year. Develop a comprehensive plan to build your brand, solidify your image and increase your engagement with Michigan manufacturers. Work with MMA’s team to build a package with multiple event sponsorship, thought leadership and advertising opportunities available. Contact MMA’s Ashley Wakefield to build your 2024 strategy.

Contact for Sponsorship

Ashley Wakefield

Ashley Wakefield
Director of Membership, Marketing & Events
Call 517-487-8523

Contact for Registration

Elizabeth Maciejewski

Elizabeth Maciejewski
Membership & Events Coordinator
Call 517-487-8542