2022 MEDA Primer for Economic Development in Maryland

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Join MEDA for a training that has been created to provide participants an introduction and overview of how Maryland practices economic development. Course attendees will quickly develop a network of resources and connections, all while building camaraderie among participants to further Maryland’s economic development team.

This course is designed for those who are new to economic development in Maryland, in addition to strategic partners in collaborative industries. Find out how economic development transforms lives by creating opportunities, inspiring innovation, and enriching communities. Together we can work to make a brighter, more prosperous future for the state of Maryland!

Agenda (link to printable copy)

View the speaker slides from our Ignite panelistsclick here.

9:00 – 9:05     Welcome and Moderator

Richard Griffin, CEcD, AICP Vice President, Maryland Economic Development Association

9:15 – 9:45      Fundamentals of Economic Development – Q&A

An overview of the basics of economic development and an opportunity to have questions answered.

David Iannucci, President & CEO, Prince George’s Economic Development Corporation

9:45 -10:00     Break

10:00 – 11:15  Maryland’s Economy, Key Industries and Strategic Advantages – click here to view these slides from this presentation

This session provides an overview of Maryland’s economy, its competitive strengths and weaknesses, and key economic assets.  We’ll take a closer look at Maryland’s different regions and key industry sectors, how Maryland competes with other states and discuss Maryland’s value proposition for new business investment.


Lori Ratzburg, Senior Director, Regional Growth & Retention, Maryland Department of Commerce
Roger Venezia, CEcD, Director of Operations and Special Projects, Maryland Department of Commerce
Sharon Disque, CEcD, Economic Development Manager, City of Gaithersburg

11:15 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 12:30  State Agencies Panel

Hear from State Agency leaders as they discuss how they interact with economic development.


Len Parrish, Director, Community & Economic Development, Harford County


Rob McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning
James Rzepkowski, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor
Heather Gramm, CEcD, Assistant Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
Earl Lewis, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation
Owen McEvoy, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development

12:30 – 1:00    Lunch

1:00 – 1:15       Ignite Presentations: City/County

Richard Griffin, CEcD, Director, City of Frederick Department of Economic Development
Heather Tinelli, Director, Economic & Tourism Development, Queen Anne’s County

1:15 – 1:45        Ignite Presentations

Randy Baynes, Senior Account Executive, Baltimore Gas & Electric
Frank Dickson, Director, Strategic Business Initiatives, Maryland Department of Housing &   Community Development
Julie Woepke, Executive Director, Maryland Economic Development Commission
Tom Sadowski, Executive Director, MEDCO
Tammi Thomas, Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, TEDCO
Stanley Tucker, President, Meridian Management Group, Inc.

1:45 – 2:00      Break

2:00 – 3:00     How Does Maryland “Do” Economic Development?

Our moderator will provide an overview of how state and local representatives work together, and break down the scenarios for how specialized programs depend on the jurisdiction, the company, and the overall needs of the community.

Presenters will provide a discussion of varying approaches for business startups, growth, retention and attraction, from the perspective of the state and rural, suburban and urban communities.  The panel will address significant elements of what goes into the business development process depending on the jurisdiction, the project, and the requirements of the company.  Speakers will share case studies to show the key elements of a project.


Susan Grimes, Director of Business Development, Washington County


Dave Ryan, Executive Director, Salisbury-Wicomico Economic Development
Kim Clark, Executive Vice President, Baltimore Development Corporation
Jayson Knott, Senior Director, Office of Business Development, Maryland Department of Commerce
Amy Seitz, Director, Community Access and Partnership, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development
Jessica Reynolds, CEcD, Senior Director, Office of International Investment & Trade, Maryland   Department of Commerce

3:00      Wrap-up / Tour of City Garage




Parking at City Garage is located outside the main entrance.

Thanks to our Sponsors for the Primer:
City Garage, Scheer Partners, and South Duvall Commercial Real Estate Investments.


Wed, Jun 22, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm


City Garage
101 W Dickman St
Baltimore , MD

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