Annual Conference Blog: Ron Kitchens

Katie Albaugh-Agriculture Business Development Specialist Frederick County Office of Economic Development

“The Greatest force for change is a job. A job doesn’t just create wealth it changes people’s lives.” For all of us working in economic development, this statement by Ron Kitchens at the opening breakfast of the 2018 MEDA conference rings true to our daily work. With this year’s conference theme of Telling Your Story,…

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Measuring Success with the Right Metrics 

Ardys Russakis

MEDA’s 2018 Annual Conference theme, Telling Your Story, Robert Camoin, President and CEO of Camoin Associates presented a session that focused on how to measure success with the right metrics in your economic development organizations. The session discussed how not every economic development organizations story is the same, which is why it is important to understand your audience, what is important to decision makers, and to capture…

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Annual Conf Recap: “The Future of Storytelling:” Challenges and Opportunities for Economic Development in the Digital Age

Patrick Terranova - Economic Development Director, Baltimore Development Corporation

From left to right: Sam Shoge, Economic Development Coordinator, Talbot County Economic Development & Tourism (moderator); Anne Balduzzi, Director, Advisory Services, TEDCO; Katie Stover, Vice President, High Rock Studios; Andy Levine, Chairman, Development Counsellors International   They say you save the best for last, and the final MEDA conference panel certainly did not disappoint.  “The Future of Storytelling”…

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Annual Conf Recap: Site Selection – Change your message because the game is changing!

Mary Ford-Naill, City of Frederick Department of Economic Development

OK, so you think your community has the best site in the region. Your community has great incentives and an extraordinary workforce. You have an awesome message and formidable pitch. So, why aren’t site selectors knocking down your door to move XYZ company to your city, county or state? But, as it turns out, almost…

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Annual Conf Recap: Economic Outlook with Anirban Basu

Becky Kaler, City of Frederick Department of Economic Development

Sage Policy Group CEO, Anirban Basu, took the stage of the MEDA conference Monday afternoon to deliver a humorous, yet insightful talk on the global, national and regional economic outlook. His jokes weren’t the only thing making his listeners’ feel light-hearted — his analysis of the current economic performance also offered overwhelmingly positive news. Despite…

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Annual Conf Recap: Finding the Unique Story Panel

Allison Akers, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation

Pictured from left to right: Michael White, Chief of Staff, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development (Moderator); Sandy Sponaugle, CEO and Founder, Platinum PR; Elizabeth Fitzsimmons, Managing Director, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, Maryland Department of Commerce; Al Hutchinson, President and CEO, Visit Baltimore   On Monday, April 30, 2018, economic developers…

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Annual Conf Recap: Tools and Techniques for Telling Your Story

Tracy Ward, Easton Economic Development Corporation

So, you have a great story to tell, but how do you get your story in front of the right audiences? Identifying the most effective tools and techniques for economic development professionals to use was the subject of a breakout group at the Maryland Economic Development Association’s 2018 Annual conference. Moderated by Tracy Gosson, President…

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