New Members


William Anderson
Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development

Timothy E. George
Senior Consultant
Vantage Point Economic & Transportation Development Strategies

Hugh E. Grunden
President & CEO
Easton Utilities

Leone Hermans-Blackburn, Ph.D.
Managing Director
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Keith Holmes
Program Manager
Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development

Laura Kordzikowski
Business Development Specialist
City of Salisbury

Kunal Khosla
Account Executive, Public Affairs
Howard Consulting Group, Inc.

Champe C. McCulloch
President & CEO
Maryland AGC (MD Chapter, Associated General Contractors of America)

Ammanuel C. Moore
Economic Development Manager
Baltimore Gas Electric Company

Sarah Murray
Manager of Planning and Research
Annapolis Economic Development Corporation

Alexander G. Nunez
VP, Governmental & External Affairs
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company

Liz Dadzie Powell
Founder & Principal
G2G Consulting

Edward C. Rothstein
President & CEO
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

Kris Shock
Executive Director
Chesapeake Regional Tech Council

Robert Snyder
Maryland Business Incubation Association

Elizabeth E. Stahlman
Director of Community Development
City of Frostburg

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The Lofton Scholarship Fund

The MEDA Professional Development Committee, with full authority of the Board of Directors, is very pleased to announce that we will award scholarships this year to MEDA members in good standing through the Lofton Scholarship Fund. Our intention is to make the application process simple by allowing you to submit all documents through our email system.

We invite all members to apply. Please review the criteria below and send your request for consideration.

What is the Lofton Scholarship Fund?

The Lofton Scholarship Fund is an offering of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) and exists to support the growth of professional skills and knowledge by economic development practitioners in Maryland.

Objectives of the Fund:

  1. To provide funding to MEDA members for professional development opportunities in their economic development work.
  2. To provide funding to enable MEDA members eligible for certification to sit for the CEcD examination.

Criteria for Selection:

  • Applicants must be MEDA members in good standing or have an application for membership pending (Membership dues do not qualify as part of the scholarship)
  • Applicants must demonstrate dedication to the profession and intent to continue within the field.
  • Scholarships must be used within one year of award and cannot be used for training/courses completed prior to the award.
  • Awardees are expected to give back to the organization in a meaningful way. Suggestions include but are not limited to:
    • Contribute a Silent Auction item to help replenish the fund,
    • Assist with registration at an upcoming conference
    • Help with outreach to potential sponsors

Eligible Activities/Courses:

Any MEDA, IEDC or other economic development- related course approved by the Professional Development Committee qualifies. Courses designated as prerequisites for CEcD certification or recertification, and sitting for the certification examination are eligible. (Training Courses at conferences are eligible with committee approval. Conference and annual conference fees are not eligible for scholarship funds.

The Details:

  • Scholarships are limited to actual course registrationcosts. Scholarships also are limited to one scholarship per member each calendar year.
  • Scholarship payments must be used for tuition, books, and application fees. Housing, meals, and travel costs are not included.
  • Each recipient will be responsible for making his/her own travel arrangements and for making application for course enrollment.
  • Members are encouraged to apply for scholarships and register for course attendance in a timely matter. Late course registration fees may be omitted from the final scholarship award at the discretion of the committee. All IEDC courses are online now at

How to Apply for the Lofton Scholarship:

There are three parts of the application that should be e-mailed to the Scholarship Selection Committee through the MEDA Executive Director at All documents must be submitted electronically to allow for seamless distribution to the committee.

  1. A letter of interest including the applicant's name, title, company, phone number, and e-mail address, along with the applicant's reasons for seeking the scholarship, the course you plan to take, and the estimated amount needed.
  2. The applicant's resume.
  3. A letter of recommendation signed by the applicant's employer.

When submitting a request for funding, please take into account our volunteer committee's schedule and allow ample time for fair consideration.