2023 MEDA Annual Conference
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Harnessing Education for Economic Development is the 2023 MEDA Annual Conference theme and a clear pathway forward. The link between education and economic advancement is well-established. Building competencies profoundly impacts outcomes, but connecting the dots is a collaborative process.
CONFERENCE RECAP / SPEAKER SIDES
From start to finish, the 2023 MEDA Annual Conference was a wonderful time! We had record-breaking attendance and enjoyed three days of insightful discussions and camaraderie with Maryland’s leaders in economic development. From our entire team, we thank everyone who attended — we loved sharing the conference with you! Here are just a few of the highlights from the Annual Conference.
On Sunday, we welcomed Annual Conference attendees to Cambridge! Some attendees enjoyed an afternoon on the golf course for the MEDA Annual Golf Tournament, while others took part in a tour of downtown Cambridge. We wrapped up the day with the Welcome to the Eastern Shore Networking Dinner, featuring remarks from Maryland State Delegate Tim Hutchinson and MEDA Past President Danny Thompson.
Monday, we began the morning with breakfast and our Annual Membership Meeting before electing and swearing in our new Board of Directors for 2023-2024. Next, we enjoyed keynote remarks from renowned Maryland economist Anirban Basu, Arena Analytics CEO Myra Norton, and five inspiring IGNITE presentations. Click here for Anirban Basu’s slides.
During lunch, Maryland Secretaries held an insightful panel discussion about their plans and priorities. We learned about exciting happenings in workforce development during the “Innovative Workforce Development Programs Supporting K-12 through Higher Education and Beyond” panel.
To round out the evening, Governor Wes Moore participated in an inspiring fireside chat with TEDCO Chief Development & Marketing Officer Tammi Thomas, in which he shared his vision for the State of Maryland. We ended Monday by celebrating the winners of the 2023 MEDA Awards.
On Tuesday, our final day of the conference, we started with an inspiring keynote speech from Dr. David Kwabena Wilson of Morgan State University, who spoke on economic development and the future of work. Next, two engaging panels on “Communities of Innovation” and “Communities of Collaboration” highlighted the intersection of education and economic prosperity, the importance of innovation and collaboration in building strong, resilient communities, and how the panelists achieved success with their initiatives. The MEDA Young Leaders tour at the Eastern Shore Innovation Center, featuring remarks from DHCD Secretary Jake Day, concluded the day.
Take a look at more pictures from the Annual Conference on our Flickr page. Stay tuned for details on other upcoming MEDA events, and we look forward to seeing you at the 2024 MEDA Annual Conference!
The 2023 MEDA Annual Conference Speakers
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The 2023 MEDA Annual Conference Sponsors