Deadline - December 9, 2016


The MEDA Awards, sponsored by Miles & Stockbridge P.C., recognize the people, programs, and projects bringing economic prosperity to Maryland. If an individual, community, or business initiative has created jobs and renewed spirit in your hometown, then we want you to nominate for the 2017 MEDA Awards!

Explore each award category and submit your nomination below:



Awards Committee

The Awards Committee meets monthly in the fall to plan the awards nomination process and strategizes outreach for the Annual Awards Program. Committee members represent Maryland’s five regions.


  • Brian P. Darmody, Esq., Associate Vice President of Research and Economic     Development, University of Maryland
  • John M. Wasilisin, President/Chief Operating Officer, TEDCO

Committee Members

  • Tabitha H. Bararito, Economic Development Assistant, Cumberland Economic Development
  • Greg M. Derwart, Managing Director, Maryland Department of Commerce
  • Michelle DeSoto, Project Coordinator, Charles County Department of Economic Development
  • Roz Johnson, Baltimore County Government
  • Laura Kordzikowski, Business Development Specialist, City of Salisbury
  • Erika Quesenbery Sturgill, Grants & Economic Development Coordinator, City of Havre de Grace
  • Patrick S. Terranova, South Team Director, Baltimore Development Corporation
  • Lori C. Valentine, State Government Affairs Manager, Prince George’s County Office of the County Executive
  • Michael White, Director, Office of Public Information, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Jason Zang, Cecil County Economic Development

2016 MEDA Award Winners

2016 MEDA Economic Development Project
Rockville Town Center / Duball LLC
Nominated by: Rockville Economic Development, Inc.

2016 MEDA Economic Development Program
Neighborhood BusinessWorks
Nominated by: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

2016 Economic Development Marketing
“Work Where There’s Room to Play”
Nominated by: The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development

2016 Judges’ Award
Agricultural Innovation Grant
Nominated by: Howard County Economic Development Authority

2016 Volunteer of the Year
Bert Anderson

2016 MEDA Hall of Fame
Vernon Thompson

2015 MEDA Award Winners

2015 MEDA Economic Development Project
Horseshoe Casino
Nominated by: Baltimore Development Corporation

2015 MEDA Economic Development Program
The Economic Development Incentive Fund
Nominated by: Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation

2015 Economic Development Marketing
PR Frederick for Frederick County Businesses
Nominated by: Frederick County Office of Economic Development

2015 MEDA Hall of Fame
David S. Iannucci, Assistant Deputy Chief of Administration for Economic Development & Public Infrastructure, Prince George’s County

2015 MEDA Hall of Fame
Raymond A. Skinner, President and CEO, East Baltimore Development, Inc. (Former Secretary of Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development)

2015 Volunteer of the Year
Michael Ratchford, Director of Government Relations, W.L. Gore & Associates and Chair of the Cecil County Economic Development Commission

Judges’ Awards: Montgomery County Department of Economic Development for the “2014 Business Mission to India” and Washington County Department of Business Development “DBD Prize Patrol: Coming to a Business Near You!”


2014 MEDA Economic Development Project
Nominated by: The City of Frederick Department of Economic Development

2014 MEDA Economic Redevelopment Project
Seawall Development for the Baltimore Design School
Nominated by: Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

2014 MEDA Economic Development Program
Kent Menser and the Base Business Initiative
Nominated by: Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber

2014 MEDA Economic Development Marketing
Southern Maryland Meats
Nominated by: Southern Maryland Agricultural Development Commission

2014 MEDA Volunteer of the Year
Mojdeh Bahar, J.D.

2014 MEDA Volunteer of the Year
W. Paul Thompson, Jr.

2014 MEDA Hall of Fame
William A. Badger, Jr.

2014 MEDA Life Member
James D. Fielder, Jr., Ph.D.