INCLUSIVITY AND RESILIENCE AMID THE PANDEMIC -- A FOCUS FOR ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
2020 MEDA Annual Conference (ONLINE)
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INCLUSIVITY AND RESILIENCE AMID THE PANDEMIC: A FOCUS FOR ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
This year, the MEDA Annual Conference focuses on creating a more resilient economy by looking toward a recovery from this unprecedented pandemic. Economic Development has led the way by focusing on the drivers of our economy – every business, no matter how small or large, or where they are located. The pandemic has taken a toll on all of our communities, some more than others, creating unique challenges. Economic Development works to transform lives and will continue to lead into an inclusive recovery for all. Join us as we examine these challenges and explore opportunities that contribute to prosperity for everyone.
September 21 - September 22
The 2020 MEDA Annual Conference (ONLINE) Speakers
2020 MEDA Annual Conference (ONLINE)
Virtual Exhibit Hall
Maryland Department of Commerce
For entrepreneurs and established companies alike, the Maryland Department of Commerce offers an array of resources and services to help businesses grow and thrive in our state. Whether your goal is to train workers, retool facilities, upgrade equipment, access international markets – or simply to gain advice and expertise – our team has the resources and services to address your business needs. Throughout the U.S. and across the globe, Maryland Commerce spreads the good news that Maryland is indeed open for business.
Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD)
The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is the state's housing finance agency, promoting homeownership, affordable rental housing, and the positive redevelopment of Maryland's communities. Nationally recognized for its technical expertise, innovative programs, and experienced staff, DHCD invested more than $1.6 billion in fiscal year 2019 to support small business development, homeownership, home repairs and energy efficiency upgrades, special needs housing, rental housing
and services, and neighborhood revitalization.
Miles & Stockbridge (Awards)
Miles & Stockbridge is a leading full-service law firm with more than 220 lawyers practicing in offices across the mid-Atlantic region. Founded in 1932, the firm represents businesses of various sizes, from national and global companies to local and emerging start-ups, offering experienced, comprehensive business and litigation counsel with significant depth in corporate law and transactions; government contracts; intellectual property; products liability and mass torts; and working with financial institutions.
For more than 161 years, PNC has been committed to providing our clients with great services and powerful financial expertise to help them meet their financial goals. We are proud of our longstanding history of supporting not only our customers but also our communities, employees, and shareholders.
Comcast Corporation is a global media and technology company with three primary businesses: Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. Comcast Cable is one of the United States’ largest video, high-speed internet, and phone providers to residential customers under the Xfinity brand, and also provides these services to businesses. It also provides wireless and security and automation services to residential customers under the Xfinity brand. NBCUniversal is global and operates news, entertainment and sports cable networks, the NBC and Telemundo broadcast networks, television production operations, television station groups, Universal Pictures, and Universal Parks and Resorts. Sky is one of Europe's leading media and entertainment companies, connecting customers to a broad range of video content through its pay television services. It also provides communications services, including residential high-speed internet, phone, and wireless services. Sky operates the Sky News broadcast network and sports and entertainment networks, produces original content, and has exclusive content rights.
M&T Bank’s Mid-Atlantic headquarters is located in Baltimore. Since its founding in 1856, M&T Bank has built its business through a tradition of reliability, consistency, and responsiveness to the needs of customers. Nowhere are these qualities more evident than in the bank’s long-standing commitment to businesses. M&T Bank is one of the top 20 banks in the country, but operates as a community-focused bank with a long tradition of sound management and corporate citizenship. M&T has more than 750 branches and more than 1,800 M&T Bank ATMs throughout Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation
The Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation (PGCEDC) promotes the county regionally and globally. PGCEDC provides the right combination of investment incentives and business services to help attract, retain and expand businesses, create high quality jobs, and expand the Prince George’s County’s commercial tax base. PGCEDC is committed to making Prince George’s County the location of choice in the National Capital Region for innovation, growth and expansion as well as a major regional force in economic development well into the future. Our vision for Maryland drives the work of the organization’s dedicated team of professionals each and every day.
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation
As the heart of cyber, big data intelligence, and analytics, Anne Arundel County is home to Fort George G. Meade, and large federal agencies such as the National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, and the U.S. Cyber Command. The county also has many other distinct assets such as BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport, the City of Annapolis, and the Arundel Mills-Maryland Live! entertainment complex. More than 56,000 businesses and a thriving community of innovators call Anne Arundel County home, including over 1,800 technology companies. The mission of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) is to support business and serve as a catalyst for business growth in Anne Arundel County, thereby increasing job opportunities, expanding the tax base, and improving the quality of life. By providing investment and technical assistance and fostering community revitalization initiatives, the AAEDC plays a vital role in enhancing commercial districts, improving county infrastructure, and promoting high-value sectors such as technology and national security.
Baltimore County Department of Economic & Workforce Development
What makes Baltimore County special? Everything. As Maryland’s second-largest county and second-largest job center, Baltimore County offers the perfect balance for you, your family, and your business. A vibrant economy, a top school system, a convenient, comfortable blend of historic neighborhoods, waterfront living, rural landscapes and urban main streets... all within a short drive or light-rail ride to downtown Baltimore City. Baltimore County’s businesses are thriving and driven by leaders that span every major industry sector. More than 21,000 businesses call Baltimore County home, attracting billions in private investment countywide, and earning the coveted Triple AAA bond rating. Baltimore County's Department of Economic and Workforce Development links businesses to quality job seekers through recruitment, hiring events, trainings and more. Each year, over 25,000 people visit Baltimore County Career Centers to connect with hiring employers.
Baltimore Gas & Electric Company
Baltimore Gas and Electric BGE is Maryland’s largest gas and electric utility, delivering power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in Central Maryland. The company’s 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship, and community assistance.
Calvert County Department of Economic Development
Thirty miles southeast of Washington, D.C., and nestled between the scenic Chesapeake Bay and the Patuxent River, Calvert County offers strategic proximity to Baltimore, Annapolis and the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. Our cost
of living continues to be one of the lowest in the metro area and our location provides unlimited access to a variety of cultural and recreational activities. Calvert County also boasts an excellent public school system and top-notch health care services. A low crime rate creates a safe place to live and innovative economic planning protects the county's rural character while allowing for smart economic growth. These quality factors provide employers and families an ideal environment for living, working and prospering.
Charles County Department of Economic Development
Charles County is a growing business hub strategically located in the Washington DC Metro Area with a well-educated workforce and lower cost of doing business. Well positioned for investment, growth, and development, the County provides easy access to Washington DC, Baltimore, and the Southern Maryland region. Charles County’s commercial centers are a prime location for businesses looking to locate or relocate, offering companies access to a large pool of talented workforce; affordable, flexible and attractive real estate options; strategic access via a multimodal transportation network; and excellent education options.
Frederick County Office of Economic Development
Frederick County is a place where creativity meets innovation, where people discover bright, new opportunities and where a singular idea turns into monumental success. Welcome to Frederick County – where big ideas grow. We are a dynamic and diverse county with an $11 billion dollar economy that boasts a high concentration of highly educated workers, a world-class bioscience and advanced technology sector, and a solid manufacturing and agriculture tradition that blends our rich heritage. With a strategic location, highly educated workforce, and competitive cost of business Frederick County is a prime location for businesses. Our softer side of amiable country, small-town charm, a high-performing public school system and a low crime rate with state-of-the-art healthcare make this one of the best places to live in America. The Frederick County Office of Economic Development (OED) is the catalyst for economic growth in Frederick County. Our mission is to increase the overall economic health of Frederick County through attracting new businesses in our targeted industries and helping existing businesses be more successful. Located at ROOT, a one-stop business and technology cultivation center in the heart of Downtown Frederick, OED has the resources to get your business connected. OED can provide your business with tools such as site selection assistance, redevelopment services, incentives and demographics. We can also act as an ombudsman for the business community to ensure your business succeeds in Frederick County for many years to come.
Harford County Office of Community & Economic Development
The Harford County Office of Community and Economic Development (OCED) offers programs and services to stimulate job creation and enhance the county’s quality of life in a business friendly environment. OCED strengthens business and workforce development by utilizing Harford County’s premier mid-Atlantic location, facilitating “Fast Track” permits, and spearheading financial programs to attract, grow and sustain businesses. The county’s incubator program includes the Ground Floor at Harford, a community-driven workspace and collaboration center, and houses partner organizations such as the Defense Technology Commercialization Center (DefTech).
Maryland Department of Labor
The Maryland Department of Labor changes Maryland for the better by providing a predictable and inclusive regulatory environment through efficient and responsive processes. Labor safeguards Maryland’s work environments through partnership, outreach, and educational programs that encourage ongoing improvements in workplace safety and health. We’re fostering economic growth through our collaborative, comprehensive employment and job training programs that ensure Maryland workers have the skills Maryland job creators need to succeed and grow into the future. Our vision for Maryland drives the work of the department’s employees each and every day.
The Merritt Companies is a family of businesses that includes Merritt Properties, Merritt Construction, and Merritt Clubs - three distinct organizations that share a singular vision of building lifelong relationships. Molded by the work ethic and renowned integrity of our founder, Leroy Merritt, we believe that every customer should feel like a member of our family.
Potomac Edison – a FirstEnergy Company
Potomac Edison/FirstEnergy is based in Williamsport, Maryland, and provides electric service to approximately 275,000 customers within 2,500 square miles of western Maryland. Potomac Edison is one of 10 regulated electric distribution companies owned by FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE), a forward-thinking electric utility dedicated to safety, reliability, and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy operates one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, including approximately 24,500 miles of transmission lines connecting the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. We know our communities, and we are proud to be actively involved in economic development initiatives throughout our Maryland service area.
Partner with Towson University’s Division of Strategic Partnerships & Applied Research on your next economic development project. As the business and public engagement arm of TU, our team of researchers, technologists, and outreach professionals work with partners to create customized solutions that are focused on solving the critical issues facing Maryland's workforce and economy. Put our expertise to work for your organization: economic forecasting and impact analysis, workforce analysis and green economy studies, large-scale evaluation administration, application development, GIS technologies, convening services, business incubation, leadership development programs, and professional certifications. Contact Erin Nueslein at to learn more about our collaborative solutions.
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Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
Think Forward in Montgomery County, Maryland: Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation (MCEDC) helps accelerate growth for companies to start, expand, or relocate – a County where diversity of thought is at our core. With 18 major federal agency headquarters located here and immediate access to 3 international airports, Montgomery County is a global innovation center for major industries ranging from BioHealth and emerging technologies to advanced manufacturing, financial services, and entrepreneurial ventures. Montgomery County offers a premier address for the mid-Atlantic’s bustling business region and access to the smartest talent in the U.S., where 31% of the potential workforce has a post-grad degree and 59% holds a bachelor’s degree or higher. It’s a perfect location to live, work, and play in a vibrant, diverse community.
Allegany County Department of Economic and Community Development
What makes Allegany County the smart choice? We offer a pro-business environment, a strong and productive workforce, developable land, a diverse economy with both traditional and progressive products and services, beautiful and revitalized downtown areas, and a quality of life that is second to none. The Allegany County Department of Economic & Community Development is dedicated to retention and expansion, as well as to the development of new businesses.
Baltimore Development Corporation
The Baltimore Development Corporation (BDC) is a non-profit organization, which serves as the economic development agency for the City of Baltimore. BDC offers a city-wide Façade Improvement Grant program (FIG), which provides funds to make exterior improvements to commercial and industrial properties. This small infusion of capital can create a lasting impact on individual businesses and commercial corridors throughout Baltimore City.
Carroll County Department of Economic Development
Carroll County’s central Baltimore metropolitan location provides for convenient business access to national and international markets. A county-owned fiber optic network, along with strategic investments in quality business parks, helps growing businesses accommodate their space needs and provides for affordable space for relocation projects. The Carroll County Department of Economic Development dedicates resources to support growth in corporate headquarters, high-tech manufacturing, agriculture, information technology, and professional and business services firms. Carroll’s productive workforce demonstrates high skills and a solid work ethic. The diverse and positive business climate facilitates new company formation and the expansion of existing Carroll corporations.
City of Bowie
Located 20 minutes from Annapolis, Maryland or Washington, D.C., and 30 minutes from Baltimore, Bowie has grown from a small agricultural and railroad town into one of the five largest cities in Maryland. Now occupying 18 square miles, Bowie’s great location is enhanced by a superb quality of life. Bowie boasts a minor league baseball stadium, heritage museums, the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, an Old Town historic and shopping district, and over 2,000 acres of parks, as well as excellent shopping malls and retail centers.
The Daily Record
The Daily Record is Maryland’s statewide trusted news resource featuring the latest daily business, law, and government news in print and online. Visit our website for breaking news, blogs, special publications, awards event information and subscriber access. Sign up to receive free email news alerts and follow us on social media.
Maryland Clean Energy Center
The Maryland Clean Energy Center (MCEC), an instrumentality of the state, was created to advance the adoption of clean energy products, services, and technologies. MCEC can help finance energy cost saving and resiliency projects for municipalities, institutional, small business, and commercial or industrial properties.
Maryland Department of Planning
Planning is Maryland’s official U.S. Census Bureau liaison, coordinating a variety of data, mapping and analysis to support our state’s diverse communities and resources as we plan for tomorrow. The data derived from the 2020 Census will impact the state for years to come – making a full and accurate census count critical. Every Maryland resident must be counted in the 2020 census to ensure that our communities have the programs and services they need and that businesses have the data they need to thrive. The census provides important information on how our communities are growing and changing. Local planning and economic development decisions are made using census data. The census also determines the allocation of billions in federal funds annually for programs that impact health care, child care, education, emergency preparedness, and transportation. These programs and services are key to our communities’ workability and livability. It is estimated that Maryland receives more than $16 billion in census-derived funding annually. Marylanders are asked to submit their census forms online, by phone or by mail. We encourage every business to remind employees and customers to join us in a complete count of every Maryland resident in the 2020 Census – It’s Important, It’s Easy and It’s Safe.
Maryland Environmental Service
Established in 1970, MES operates nearly 1,000 environmental projects and services across the Mid-Atlantic Region, and employs over 900 teammates. An independent, self-supporting State agency, MES enhances and protects Maryland’s environment through innovative solutions to the region’s most complex environmental challenges. MES is also a unique, not-for-profit public corporation in that it combines public sector commitment to environmental protection with private sector flexibility and responsiveness. More than two-thirds of MES’ revenues flow directly to the private sector. MES receives no direct State operations funding and does not have regulatory authority.
Maryland Technology Development Corporation (TEDCO)
TEDCO provides resources and connections that early-stage technology and life sciences companies need to thrive in Maryland. TEDCO’s mission is to discover, invest in, and help build great Maryland-based companies. This is accomplished through a variety of programs that support technology transfer, entrepreneurial support, and ecosystem development. TEDCO invests at the pre-seed, seed, and venture stages.
The Patuxent Partnership
The Patuxent Partnership works on programs of interest to the Navy and DoD community with government, industry, and academia to connect the dots through programs, forums, and networking; to advance science and technology transfer through exchange of ideas, information, and data related to technologies; and to increase workforce development through an array of programs and initiatives.
Washington County Department of Business Development
Located in the heart of the mid-Atlantic at the intersection of I-81 and I-70, Washington County is the hub of the tristate region. Washington County is known for our pro-business climate. With attractive incentives and financing programs from a variety of sources, we are ready to help businesses open, expand or relocate in one of our great communities. Our productive, dedicated, and well-rounded regional workforce of 400,000 has made the county a choice location for manufacturers, financial services, and distribution companies. Washington County is a perfect blend of city and country life, filled with recreational, cultural and intellectual opportunities. We encourage you to visit Washington County, where the crossroads is your future.
Maryland Small Business Development
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Since 1988, the seasoned staff of the Maryland Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has provided sound advice, consulting and support to entrepreneurs and small businesses across Maryland. We are part of a national SBDC network—founded in 1979—that helps over 500,000 U.S. businesses annually.
As a premier, well-recognized part of Maryland’s entrepreneurial ecosystem, we empower current and aspiring business owners by providing them compassionate, informed, objective, and professional consulting and training; and by connecting them with others throughout our state who can intelligently move their dreams to reality, resulting in successful businesses and greater state and local economic growth.
BEACON at Salisbury University
The Business Economic and Community Outreach Network (BEACON) of the Franklin P. Perdue School of Business at Salisbury University offers applied business & economic research and targeted outreach programs to a variety of organizations.
BEACON has a dual mission of:
- Providing private, public, and nonprofit sector decision makers with the business & economic development data, information, and know-how they need;
- Providing our students with a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities.
We provide our project partners in the private, public, and non-profit sectors with a variety of applied business and economic research.
Maryland Association of Counties (MACo)
The Maryland Association of Counties (MACo) is a non-profit and non-partisan organization that serves Maryland’s counties by articulating the needs of local government to the Maryland General Assembly. The Association’s membership consists of county elected officials and representatives from Maryland’s 23 counties and Baltimore City.
MACo’s members determine Association policy and positions on executive and legislative proposals through an elected Board of Directors and a volunteer Legislative Committee. Through MACo’s advocacy, training, education programs, and annual conferences, members are provided with endless opportunities to improve their capacity to serve their residents.
Fourteen organizations representing professional county government staffs are affiliated with MACo. These Affiliate Members work to enhance their members’ effectiveness and assist the Association in formulating its legislative agenda and in structuring conference presentations.
MACo is the only organization serving the needs of county elected officials and governments across the state.
Maryland Municipal League (MML)
Located in the state capital of Annapolis, MML was founded in 1936 and represents 157 municipal governments and two special taxing districts throughout the State of Maryland.
A voluntary, nonprofit, nonpartisan association controlled and maintained by city and town governments, MML works to strengthen and support municipal government through advocacy and the development of effective leadership. Through its membership in the National League of Cities, MML offers legislative representation in Washington, urban research programs, and a national municipal government information exchange.
MML is the only statewide organization in Maryland composed solely of municipal officials and devoted to the promotion of all branches of municipal administration.
Platinum PR is a marketing and public relations firm supporting economic development and tourism organizations. Founded in 2002, Platinum PR creates & implements customized communications plans to help communities grow and diversify their economies and job opportunities for residents.
Whether you need support with getting the media’s attention, creating a consistent brand, developing diversity & inclusion programs, or figuring out time-sensitive solutions for your community’s needs, our team of professionals is ready to creatively support you!
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Maryland With Pride
Maryland With Pride is building the world's only directory of manufacturers, artists, crafts persons, and agribusinesses that produce goods in Maryland. Producers, Sellers, Shoppers, Buyers – Maryland Product Enthusiasts, in 2020, “Join Free!”
We promote awareness of the strength and diversity of Maryland-made consumer and business products and "buy Maryland," through more than a dozen activities.
- Buy Maryland Directory Listings
- Social and Mass Media
- Shopping Guides and Product Showcases
- Business and Consumer Events
- Advocacy and Networking
- Business and Workforce Development Opportunities
- Prize Drawings, Discounts, and Freebies
Looking for a Maryland product? Buy Maryland Directory Account Holders always join free. Plus, in 2020, our Maryland With Pride join free offer is extended to producers and sellers of Maryland goods as a public service due to the COVID-19 pandemic.