Members’ Corner: Ernesto Chanona, Ph.D.

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Name, Title, Organization Ernesto Chanona, Ph.D. Manager, Business and Innovation Development Maryland Department of Commerce Explain your background in economic development I am cancer immunologist by training, but I am eager to learn more about economic development. I was recruited from the National Cancer Institute to join the BioHealth and Life Sciences team due to…

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Members’ Corner: Candace Pruett

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Name, Title, Organization Candace Pruett, Business Consultant, Small Business Development Center Explain your background in economic development I work closely with entrepreneurs in Maryland who are looking to start and grow their businesses. Small businesses play a vital role to ensure the sustainability and growth within the economy. When small businesses are healthy and prosperous,…

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Members’ Corner: Emily McCoy

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Name, Title, Organization Emily McCoy, Assistant to the Director, Kent County Economic Development Explain your role within your organization Support all initiatives of the Director, Economic Development Commission, and economic development initiatives out of each of our incorporated towns. Areas of specialty include maintaining the county’s Commercial Property Database, maintaining the website and social media…

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Members’ Corner: Stefani Spector

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Name, Title, Organization  Stefani Spector, Economic Development Assistant, City of Aberdeen Department of Planning and Community Development Explain your role within your organization                               I received my Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Baltimore in Real Estate and Economic Development. While…

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Members’ Corner: Mary Burkholder

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Name, Title, Organization  Mary Burkholder, Vice President, BAE Urban Economics Explain your role within your organization                               I am an economic development and real estate economics consultant for BAE Urban Economics, a California-based consulting firm. I head BAE’s Washington, D.C., office…

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Worcester County Economic Development – video

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Worcester County is building a brighter future. In this video, you’ll meet the area’s business owners, rising stars, and even an economic development legend. Area entrepreneurs will share unique stories about their business, as well as how Worcester County Economic Development played a pivotal role behind the scenes. In the end, you’ll see it truly…

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Members’ Corner: Renee M. Winsky

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Name, Title, Organization  Renee M. Winsky, President & CEO, Leadership Maryland Explain your role within your organization                               I participated in Leadership Maryland in 2005. I volunteered to serve and eventually became a board member. In 2013, our founding President &…

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Members’ Corner: Jamie Williams

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   Ms. Jamie Williams, Economic Development Coordinator, Kent County Explain your background in economic development I am relatively new to economic development. I unofficially fielded economic development calls from the Commissioners’ Office from July 2014 through July 2015 and was officially appointed in July 2015. My previous work history includes 20 years with a millwork distributor….

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Members’ Corner: Steve Pennington

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Steve Pennington, Managing Director Department of Commerce State of Maryland Explain your background in economic development This is my first foray into the government sector, and I’m about 9 months into the position. Background prior to coming to Commerce was senior leadership positions with a variety of organizations ranging from national companies with 1000+ sales…

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Members’ Corner: Laura Kordzikowski

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Laura Kordzikowski Business Development Specialist, City of Salisbury Explain your background in economic development I started working as the Business Development Specialist for the City in 2013 when the position was created. It’s been a great opportunity to grow and develop the position and the department for the City of Salisbury and I am excited…

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