2019 MEDA Annual Conference

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Transforming Lives through Inclusive Economic Development
How a Focus on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Economic Development Enriches Communities

Join us at the 2019 Annual Conference for an engaging look at how economic development can transform lives and communities through diversity and inclusion. Across Maryland, communities are increasingly diverse – in culture, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, income and skill levels. The challenge for economic development professionals is to develop strategies that create opportunities, jobs and wealth creation across the spectrum of that diversity.

Conference sessions will look at national trends and best practices in diversity and inclusion, as well as strategies for inclusive business development and entrepreneurship, workforce development and community revitalization.

TOUR! New Businesses, New Entrepreneurs: How to Grow Business Diversity in Downtown

Sunday, April 28: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tour Sponsor: The Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development

Join us on Sunday, April 28 to find out what Main Street Princess Anne has been doing to improve its business climate and attract a new brand of entrepreneurs – more women, more immigrants, and more diversity.  Princess Anne’s Main Street has added seven new businesses in just seven months!  Learn more about how they have utilized façade incentives and partnerships to bring more than just retail businesses to downtown.  Also hear from Alissa Carr, Associate Vice President, University of Maryland Eastern Shore about the university’s expanded presence in the Main Street and how their workforce development opportunities are enhancing the economic life of Princess Anne.

Lunch and a panel discussion with new business owners will take place at the historic Washington Inn before a walking tour of downtown projects.

REGISTER FOR THIS EVENT: If you’ve already registered for the conference and would like to add this tour, please email info@medamd.com by Friday, April 26.

If you haven’t registered for the conference and would like to experience both, please complete the form below to register!

Note: You must be registered for the Annual Conference in order to take the tour.

The tour bus departs at 11:00 am; be sure to arrive by 10:45 am. We will meet at the Chesapeake Foyer side entrance/parking lot to board the bus.

Annual Conference registration refunds will not be granted after April 19.

Review the 2019-2020 Slate of Officers.

Review the MEDA Winter (January 2019) Business Meeting Minutes


Sun, Apr 28, 2019 - Tue, Apr 30, 2019


Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay
100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50
Cambridge , MD 21613

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* MEDA Discounted Rates Available until Wednesday, April 24, 2019 or until sold out.

Conference Speakers

The 2019 MEDA Annual Conference Speakers

Conference Sponsors

The 2019 MEDA Annual Conference Sponsors

2019 MEDA Awards Sponsor


2019 Golf Tournament Sponsor


2019 MEDA Annual Conference