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

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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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