BALTIMORE, MD – The members of the Maryland Economic Development Association will focus on the Future of Physical and Social Infrastructure for Economic Impact at the 2022 MEDA Annual Conference. This event will be held from Sunday, April 24 through Tuesday, April 26 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, MD. This conference will emphasize the importance of understanding the shifts made throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and will help economic developers expand opportunities in their communities.

The last few years have brought a rapid pace of change on a local, national and global scale.

Now is the time to discuss and rethink the transformations happening in social and physical infrastructure, and how they reflect shifting priorities. Infrastructure is essential to create cohesive, economically vibrant communities. Experts in economic equality, small business development, multimodal transportation, broadband, workforce development, and additional topics will break down how to maintain a positive outlook on future economic development and create opportunities to enhance community investment.

“As Maryland’s economy adjusts to recent economic changes, communities and governments must adapt their infrastructure to help businesses remain competitive and to help the workforce become resilient,” said Danny Thompson, MEDA President. “This conference will give economic development experts inventive ideas to execute in their own communities.”

Expert speakers and panelists at the MEDA conference will include:

  • Allison Mayer, Infrastructure Director, Governor’s Office, State of Maryland
  • Earl Lewis, Deputy Director, MDOT
  • Rick Gordon, Director, Maryland Office of Statewide Broadband
  • Troy LeMaile-Stovall, TEDCO
  • Mike Gill, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
  • Julie Lenzer, Chief Innovation Officer, Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI)
  • Larry Tiffany, CEO, Medcura
  • Mike Thielke, Executive Director, Eastern Shore Entrepreneurship Center
  • Claire Broido Johnson, Managing Director, Maryland Momentum Fund
  • Jeff Wilke, Director of Public Finance, Mesirow Financial, (Broadband infrastructure Financing)
  • Seema D. Iyer, PhD, Deputy Director, Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance—Jacob France Institute
  • Anirban Basu, Chairman and CEO, Sage Policy Group, Inc.
  • Luke Cooper, Founder and CEO, Latimer “Ventures”
  • Stu Solomon, CEO, Connected DMV
  • James D. Fielder, PhD, Secretary, Maryland Higher Education Commission
  • James F. Ports, Jr., Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation
  • Robert McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning
  • Jimmy Rhee, Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs
  • Tiffany Robinson, Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing & Regulation
  • Ward Bucher, Founder, Principal Architect, Encore Sustainable Architects
  • Dion Banks, Cofounder and President of the Eastern Shore Network for Change
  • Margaret Norfleet-Neff, CEO, Beta Verde and Development Partner with Cross Street Partners
  • Katie Parks, Vice President, Preservation Maryland
  • Ruth Chavez, Community Navigator, National Disability Institute (NDI)
  • Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary, Department of Natural Resources
  • Owen McEvoy, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Tiffany Harvey, Vice President, State Government Affairs, Comcast NBCUniversal
  • Ron C. Williams, PhD, Center for Strategic Entrepreneurship (CSE), Founding Director, Coppin State University
  • Sybol Anderson, PhD, Director of Diversity in Research Programs, National Medical Fellowships
  • Johnny Mautz, Maryland House of Delegates
  • Addie Eckhardt, Maryland State Senator
  • Stephen Auvil, TEDCO
  • Andy Fish, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Stuart Page, BGE
  • Ellen Flowers-Fields, College of Southern Maryland

The conference will include speakers sharing perspectives on physical and social infrastructure, several panel discussions on related topics, and a 10-person Secretaries Panel with some of the top executives in Maryland state government. The conference will kick off with the MEDA Annual Golf Tournament and a tour of the historic Packing House in Cambridge. The 2022 MEDA Annual Awards ceremony will be sponsored by Miles & Stockbridge P.C.

To register for the 2022 Annual Conference or find more information about MEDA, go to

The Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay is at 100 Heron Blvd., Cambridge, MD.

About MEDA

The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) is a nonprofit organization of economic development professionals. MEDA enhances the knowledge and skills of its members, encourages partnerships and networking among those committed to bringing jobs and capital to Maryland, and promotes economic development as an investment in Maryland. In addition to quarterly conferences, members have access to opportunities, discounts, and scholarships for professional development and can participate in awards programs that recognize the best economic development projects or programs, and marketing efforts in the state of Maryland.



Maura Winston

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