2017 Chesapeake Basic Economic Development Course
The Chesapeake Basic Economic Development Course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of economic development. The course is designed to prepare participants for the challenges they face in the practice of developing communities.
The course will highlight the key aspects in an economic developer’s career:
Managing Economic Development Offices
Business Retention & Expansion
Finance for Economic Development
Marketing & Business Attraction
Small Business & Entrepreneurship (This section will be taught as part of the MEDA Summer Conference. Registration for the conference is included in your Course registration).
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2017 Chesapeake Basic Economic Development Course Agenda
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PARKING: Harbor Park Garage 55 Market Pl, Baltimore, MD 21202
CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY: MEDA cannot refund payments after July 1, 2017.
The 2017 Chesapeake Basic Economic Development Course Speakers
Laurie Boyer, CEcD
As Executive Director, Laurie Boyer sets the strategy and direction for REDI, and takes the lead on attraction, retention and entrepreneurship efforts. Before coming to REDI in May, 2012, she spent 11 years in the Frederick County, MD Office of Economic Development (OED). In May 2006, Boyer earned her professional Economic Development Certification (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council.
She is the Past President of the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), and is a member of the MEDA Board, the MEDA Foundation Board, and the Rockville Chamber of Commerce Board.
Ms. Boyer has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Spanish from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA and a Master’s degree in Communication Studies from West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV. She lives in Frederick, MD.
Heather Gramm, CEcD Vice President
Heather Gramm joined the Frederick County Office of Economic Development as Assistant Director in February 2017. In this role, she is responsible for OED’s business development efforts, including business attraction, retention and expansion. Her team is also responsible for development of small and minority business development strategies. Heather and her team work to enhance the economic vitality of the state through retention and expansion of business and industry across Maryland to facilitate the creation and retention of jobs and stimulate capital investment across the state.
Prior to joining OED, Heather worked at the Maryland Department of Commerce as Director of Regional Growth and Retention, and spent 11 years in municipal economic development in a variety of roles, including work in neighborhood development and downtown revitalization.
She earned a B.A. in Business Administration from Hood College and the Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) certification through IEDC. She serves on the board of directors for the Maryland Economic Development Association.
Lisa L. Webb, CEcD Co-Chair Professional Development
Lisa Webb, CEcD, LGWebb LLC, is the leader of a consulting firm
specializing in business development strategies and relationships. With over
20 years professional experience, most recently Ms. Webb served as Economic
Development Director in Cecil County, working to best position the county
for attraction, retention and expansion. Previously, she served as Business
Development Director for Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation, and Project
and Policy Development Manager for Harford County Office of Economic Development.
Ms. Webb also led the Fort Meade Regional Partnership in a successful and unique business
marketing and attraction effort. She took the lead on issues related to transportation, land use,
water and sewer, and development projects; and managed issues pertaining to infrastructure
improvements and impact studies. Ms. Webb earned her designation of Certified Economic
Developer (CEcD) in May of 2007, holds a Master of Business Administration from the
University of Phoenix, and is a graduate of the Oklahoma University Economic Development
Institute. She is a member of several economic development organizations including the
International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and serves on the Board of Directors
for the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA).
Martha Schoonmaker, CEcD
Martha Schoonmaker, CEcD is the Executive Director for the PIC MC Foundation, the entity that develops, manages and markets the Germantown campus on behalf of Montgomery College. PIC MC is an integrated academic, business and research campus and is the only community college with a hospital, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, located as the anchor resident partner. Ms. Schoonmaker’s career in economic development includes positions in Virginia and Georgia prior to Maryland. During her tenure in Georgia, she worked in economic development positions for the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and Oglethorpe Power Corporation; as a consultant with Arthur Andersen; and while at Georgia Tech, as the manager of marketing and the Course Director for the Basic Economic Development Course. Ms. Schoonmaker worked as the Director of Business Development and Investment for Prince William County’s Department of Economic Development in Virginia. She participated in the department’s efforts to expand local economic initiatives creating over 3600 jobs during her tenure, and established BioTech Bonanza, a career day for high school students highlighting job and educational opportunities in the STEM field. She also developed the Prince William County Science Accelerator, a public/private investment of a 9,000 square foot wet lab and signing its first tenant prior to opening. Ms. Schoonmaker manages contracts, leases and partnerships with existing resident partners, including Holy Cross Germantown Hospital and is responsible for the development of corporate and trade association partnerships that expand internship, learning and career opportunities for students within PIC MC. She is past president of the Georgia Economic Developers Association, past board member of the Virginia Economic Developers Association, current committee member of the Maryland Economic Developers Association Professional Development Committee and an IEDC member.
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