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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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 www.iedconline.org

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 pamr@medamd.com. All documents must be submitted electronically in pdf format and attached to one email to allow for seamless distribution to the committee.

  1. A signed 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 signed 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.