Smiling man | Dorchester County EDA

Cambridge once again welcomes the Maryland Economic Development Association’s (MEDA) annual conference to Dorchester when more than 200 business and government leaders convene at the Hyatt April 28-30 for the region’s premiere economic development event.  Former Pennsylvania Governor and DNC Chairman Ed Rendell will deliver the keynote speech at the awards banquet Monday evening.

This year’s theme highlights “Maryland’s Infrastructure: Key to Growth for a 21st Century Economy,” and invites attendees to consider policy and program initiatives designed to strengthen business development opportunities in transportation industries. “Our speakers will explore the status of major networks like transit, energy, and water,” said Pam Ruff, MEDA’s Executive Director, adding, “We’ll also hear from local businesses with innovative approaches to advancing our efforts in that regard.”

During the conference, Dorchester’s Economic Development Director Keasha Haythe, CEcD – a MEDA board member for four years — will ascend to organization Vice-President if approved by members. Larry Twele, CEcD, newly appointed CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority, is the incoming President.

“I’m honored to serve as MEDA’s Vice President and eager to continue to work with my colleagues in other counties, the private sector, state officials and educators to foster policies and programs that help improve Maryland’s business climate,” Haythe said, adding, “I encourage Dorchester County and Eastern Shore businesses to consider joining MEDA and playing an active role in our state’s economic future.”  Members include utilities, banks, developers and law firms.

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