New Members

JUNE 2014

Karl Bradley
Economic Development Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

Kevin Clark
Program Manager
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Grisby Darnell
Director of Policy Development and Research
American Public Transportation Association

Neil Davis
Director
TEDCO

Gaylord Dutton
Business Development
Baltimore Development Corporation

Mica Fetz
Economic Development Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

Raquel Guillory
Assistant Secretary
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Michael Hancock
Sr. Business Development Representative
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Kiesha Haughton Smoots
President & CEO
Abeja International, LLC

Rich Higgins
Policy Planning & Inter-Agency Coordinator
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Alex Hutchins
Economic Development Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

Matt Kachura
Economic Development Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

Claire Louder
President & CEO
West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce

Faye Njaka
Sr. Business Development Representative
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Onyemaechi Nweke
Principal
Triconcepts International, LLC

Janice Riley
Manager of Technical Innovation Center
Hagerstown Community College

Karen Riley
Economic Development Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

Michael Snidal
Economic Development Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

Paul Taylor
Executive Director of SBRC
Baltimore Development Corporation

Dan Taylor
Economic Development Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

Patrick Terranova
Economic Development Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

Onur Unal
University of Maryland

Kristina Williams
Economic Development Officer
Baltimore Development Corporation

Patrick Wynn
Executive Director
Howard Tech Council

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Frequently Asked Questions

Membership

Q. Is membership in MEDA corporate or individual?
A. All memberships in MEDA are by individual.

Q. Can someone in my company attend a MEDA function at the member rate if I am the member?
A. Member rates are reserved as a benefit for our members. A non-member rate is available for those who not members.

Q. Can I transfer membership to someone else to use for an event?
A. Membership is not transferrable.

Q. How long does membership last?
A. Members are inducted at either a quarterly meeting or at the annual meeting. Membership begins with your induction and ends on the first June 30 that follows your induction. Unless you are inducted in April or June, at which time your renewal is not required until the second June 30 following your induction.

Q. What is the cost of dues?
A. For the first year dues are $200. Every renewal year they cost $175.  Please see the web site for student rates.

Q. Do I get membership in any other organizations through my MEDA membership?
A. Membership fees cover MEDA dues only. You can however attend IEDC courses at the IEDC member rate for any courses offered in Maryland. This does not include any IEDC conferences. Please speak directly to IEDC about their process for receiving this benefit.

Programs

Q. How many conferences does MEDA conduct each year?
A. There are three quarterly conferences (January, April, September/October) and on Annual Conference in late April/Eary May.

Q. Where are the conferences held?
A. MEDA conferences are always held in the State of Maryland. The Program Development Committee and Board of Directors make every effort to conduct the meetings in different counties and cities of the state in order to make attendance convenient for everyone.

Q. What does it cost to attend a MEDA Conference?
A. Currently cost for the quarterly conferences is $65 for MEDA members and $85 or $100 for non-members, depending on location. The Annual Conference is currently priced at $375 which includes meals.

Professional Development

Q. What is "certification"?
A. Certification, or CEcD, is a designation given to someone who is a Certified Economic Developer. Someone who is certified has completed a course of study in the field of economic development followed by passing a two-day exam that includes written and oral tests.

Q. Who gives certification to an economic developer?
A. The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is the organization that oversees the conveyance of the designation.

Q. What courses do I have to take to achieve certification?
A. There are required courses and electives that together allow you to accumulate a certain number of credits which, when completed, prepares you for the exam. All the courses are listed at the IEDC web site www.iedconline.org.

Q. What's the "Basic Course"?
A. The Chesapeake Economic Development Basic Course (Basic Course) is a five-day course of study in the topics covered by any economic developer in their profession. Two-hour classes are conducted throughout the five-day period in subjects such as "Business Attraction & Retention," "Marketing for Economic Development," "Finance for Economic Development," "Small Business Development," etc.

Q. I don't have a travel budget and can't go out of state to take courses. Are there any other options?
A. YES! MEDA leadership has arranged with IEDC to conduct in Maryland at least 3 courses every year. In addition, members can apply for a Lofton Scholarship to pay for the tuition. Please see the MEDA web site under Professional Development to find out which courses are being offered this year.

Lofton Scholarship Fund

Q. What's the "Lofton Scholarship"?
A. The Lofton Scholarship is a grant program designed by MEDA leadership to pay tuition for MEDA members to attend qualified courses. The grant is named after Michael S. Lofton, CEcD, former Deputy Secretary at DBED, former Executive Director of MEDA, MEDA Life Member, and MEDA Hall of Fame recipient.

Q. How often can I apply for the Lofton Scholarship?
A. MEDA members can receive one scholarship per year.

Q. What qualifications do I have to have to get a scholarship?
A. You have to be a MEDA member in good standing.

Q. Do I need to submit any paperwork to be awarded the scholarship?
A. Create an email that indicates your interest in receiving a scholarship for a particular course along with the date of the course. Attach your resume and a letter from your "supervisor" stating their support of efforts toward certification or professional development enhancement. Make sure the letter is on letterhead and that it is signed. You can scan it and attach./span>

Q. Can I use the Lofton Scholarship if I am not interested in certification?
A. Yes. The fund was created to assist MEDA members with the professional development.

General

Q. How can I get involved with MEDA leadership?
A. There are a number of ways to become involved with MEDA. However, we recommend that you serve on a committee that best suits your talents. There are six committees and each has a commitment level, knowledge requirement, and attendance schedule. The committees are: Membership, Program, Awards, Professional Development, Business Development, and Marketing.