MEDA’s 2017 Annual Conference

What’s Working in Economic Development? Traditional Economic Development dictates responsibilities for bringing together all the right components of business and government for successful implementation of projects that result in jobs and investment for Maryland. But outside the standard retention, expansion, and attraction methods are significant factors that come into play and contribute to successful results. The conference will focus on a few of these innovative evolutionary ideas that impact What’s Working in Economic Development.  To sponsor or learn more please visit www.medamd.com.

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Community Investment Tax Credits

The MEDA Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce that the Foundation has received an award of $15,000 in Community Investment Tax Credits from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.  As the result of an annual competitive process, the Community Investment Tax Credit program awards 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations allocations of Maryland tax credits to nonprofits for use as incentives to attract contributions from businesses and individuals to benefit local projects and services.  The Foundation will be utilizing donor contributions to support its on-going programs and enhance its ability to provide technical assistance and professional development. How it Works: Businesses and individuals that donate $500 or more to The MEDA Foundation can earn Maryland tax credits equal to 50% of the contribution.  These tax credits are in addition to allowable deductions on both Federal and Maryland tax returns as a result of the charitable contribution. Donors must use the tax credits against Maryland taxes owed for the year in which the contribution is made. Tax credits may not be used retroactively for taxes from a prior year. Individuals and businesses contemplating a donation to the Foundation are encouraged to consult with their accountants or tax professionals for information about their specific tax …

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Rural Economic Development Session

The MEDA Foundation, Inc. presents the Mid & Upper Shore Rural Economic Development Session in partnership with Cecil, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester Counties. Elected and appointed officials and government staff are invited to join us for this one-day session that will include presentations by public and private sector economic development leaders. The dialogue will provide an opportunity to explore compelling topics centered on the importance of investing in economic development in your counties and communities. Speaker highlights will include Mike Gill, Secretary of Maryland Department of Commerce and Ken Holt, Secretary of Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development. staff. For questions about this event please contact Pam Ruff at pamr@medamd.com or call 410-347-1246. **The Rural Session is only open to elected and appointed officials and government staff**

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MEDA Summer Conference focuses on Workforce

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) held their Summer Conference in Baltimore at the World Trade Center. Building a Resilient Maryland Workforce was the focus. Developing talent and skill-set as technology continues to develop and jobs become more advanced are a few of the challenges that were addressed. Secretary Kelly Schulz of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation (DLLR) was the opening keynote speaker. She highlighted DLLR’s vision for fostering economic growth, through job training programs and apprenticeships.  Todd Metcalfe, senior economist from RESI, Towson University presented data that included Maryland’s occupation forecast over the next two years.  Construction and healthcare related jobs are projected for the highest growth followed by professional, scientific and technical jobs. To view RESI’s PowerPoint please visit http://www.slideshare.net/medamd. Robert Caret, chancellor of the University System of Maryland, presented ways the university system is developing talent. He also shared initiatives to address workforce issues and collaboration efforts with industry. Two panel discussions were held focusing on the preparation of workforce and the ever changing workplace dynamics and how employers are navigating these changes. Resources, partnerships and programs related to workforce were shared. Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Michael Gill also spoke to the …

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55th Annual MEDA Conference Held at Hyatt

The 55th Annual Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina May 1-3, 2016.  Nearly 300 people were in attendance for the annual gathering.  The theme for the conference was The Economic Dynamics of Live, Work and Play. The conference focused on the requirements for planning and executing the right mixture of quality-of-life amenities’ for attraction, employees, residents and visitors. Pamela Ruff, executive director of MEDA said, “Every community possesses recreational, cultural and entertainment assets that offer a lifestyle that appeals to employers, employees and residents. Our conference emphasized best practices for partnerships and practices that highlight those assets” The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development hosted a Revitalization Tour of downtown Cambridge. Panel experts included Brett Summers, NOVO Properties; John Renner, Cross Street Partners and Stanley Keyser, Keyser Development Corporation. They shared information on their Cambridge Projects and insights on what incentives work best to bring in private investment. The presenters focused on identifying and constructing the key elements crucial to creating a dynamic and vibrant community. Keynote speakers included Peter Kageyama, author of the book, For the love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and …

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Economic Development Day

On February 16, 2016, Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) members came together in Annapolis to celebrate the 2nd Annual Economic Development Day. Over 60 economic developers attended and were able to connect with legislators and share information about Economic Development projects throughout the state of Maryland. Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Ben Wu and Managing Director of Marketing & Communications at Maryland Department of Commerce, Alison Mayer presented a strategic plan prepared by the Maryland Economic Development Commission. MEDA Executive Director said, “It was a particularly special day as MEDA was presented with a House Resolution by the House Delegates. The Resolution was in recognition and celebration of MEDA’s 55th Anniversary. We were proud to accept this distinction on behalf of all of the members who have made their life’s work bringing jobs and investment to our state.” To learn more about MEDA please visit www.medamd.com.

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Rural Economic Development Session

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) hosted the first Lower Eastern Shore Rural Economic Development Session on Nov. 19 and 20 at Salisbury University. The sessions included presentations by public and private sector economic leaders who stressed the importance of investing in economic development in Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore counties and communities. “No matter where we are in Maryland, there are opportunities for economic development to transform lives and enrich communities,” said Pam Ruff, executive director of MEDA. “This session focused on the impact that it makes on the lower Eastern Shore in particular.” The event was sponsored by PNC Bank and Salisbury University. Secretary R. Michael Gill of the Maryland Department of Commerce and Secretary Kenneth Holt of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development served as keynote speakers. Dorchester County Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe served on a panel with Allsion Mayer, managing director of the Maryland Department of Commerce and Mindie Burgoyne, senior business development representative for the for the Lower Shore Region for the Maryland Department of Commerce. Jayson Knott, senior director of the Maryland Department of Commerce moderated the panel on business attraction, retention and marketing. Other topics discussed during the session include infrastructure …

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Economic Developers Join for Conference

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) recently held its 2015 Summer Conference:  Marketing and Business Attraction at the World Trade Center in Baltimore. Economic Developers from across the state joined to learn about product differentiation, best ways to position your product, and how to identify the value of your product in a competitive market. Dorchester County Economic Development Director and MEDA President Keasha Haythe presided over the conference. Sponsored by the Maryland Port Administration, the morning opened with a presentation on business attraction given by Joseph Greco, Sr., director of Intermodal Trade Development for the Port of Baltimore. Next, Sandy Sponaugle, owner of Platinum PR, moderated a panel on Product Differentiation. Ammanuel Moore, economic development manager for Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE), moderated a panel on Techniques and Strategies.  Haythe sat on the panel and gave examples of leading marketing strategies used in Dorchester County. “Commonly mistaken for other similarly named areas like Dorchester County in South Carolina, we needed to differentiate ourselves and distinguish the differences through our physical attributes. Our branding “water moves us” identifies the county’s greatest asset while using real business faces to add authenticity,” said Haythe. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake welcomed the attendees and thanked …

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DCED Director Voted Association President

Dorchester County Economic Development (DCED) Director Keasha Haythe, CEcD, was elected President of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) on Monday April 27, 2015, at the organization’s 54th annual conference held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge.  Haythe, a 13-year industry veteran, certified economic development professional, and MEDA board member since 2009, takes on a key board position. “I am honored and humbled to be chosen by my peers in the economic development profession to serve as president of this outstanding organization,” Haythe said of her selection, adding, “I look forward to working with my colleagues in business, industry, and government to promote policies and programs that strengthen our state’s business climate.” Haythe was appointed director of DCED in June 2008.  In the past seven years, she has pursued an aggressive agenda designed to capitalize on Dorchester County’s core economic assets and develop collaborative partnerships to support high-level initiatives such as the Dorchester Regional Technology Park and the Eastern Shore Innovation Center (ESIC) incubator.  During Haythe’s tenure, Dorchester County has completed Phase I of the technology park and announced Phase II of the park, which includes the construction of the ESIC facility. “The MEDA Board of Directors are …

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An Investment in the Future

This year’s Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) spring conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina on April 26 – 28, 2015.  The 2015 MEDA Annual Conference will bring together thoughtful and accomplished leaders for a provocative discussion about how to change the narrative for economic development deliverables that impact our citizens. “Economic Development has the power to change a neighborhood, a community or even the world,” said MEDA President Lawrence Twele, CEcD.  The conference will focus on the importance of a sound economic development strategy.  It will aim to provide an understanding of economic development as a discipline through several panels, an economic outlook with Sage Policy Group, Inc. Chairman and CEO Anirban Basu, a roundtable session with members of Governor Hogan’s cabinet, and much more. You do not want to miss teen prodigy, whiz kid, and innovator Jack Andrakawho will be this year’s keynote speaker for the awards banquet. Attendees are encouraged to take this opportunity to find inspiration and new ideas that can elevate their work and their communities. To learn more about the conference or to register, please visit MEDA’s website at www.medamd.com. About: MEDA is a nonprofit organization of …

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