2023 Rural Economic Development Session — Upper Shore Edition

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When: November 29, 2023 from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: Cecil College in North East, MD

Explore how economic development organizations (EDOs) drive transformative change through strategic financing. As champions of growth and economic prosperity for all, learn how EDOs can leverage funding to create meaningful impact through neighborhood revitalization, cultural enrichment, and human services. From fueling innovation and entrepreneurship to fostering sustainable growth, attendees will learn how EDOs can forge powerful partnerships and garner community support for projects that effectively address inequality, uplifting low-and moderate-income communities. Don’t miss this opportunity to empower progress and shape a brighter future through economic development financing.

This event is by invitation only. 


MEDA Rural Session: 2023 Upper Shore Agenda

8:00 AM Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM Welcome Remarks:  Dr. Mary Bolt, President of Cecil College

8:45 AM PNC Bank Welcome: Franklin N. McNeil, Jr., Vice President and Community Consultant with PNC Bank’s Greater Maryland, Community Development Banking

9:00-9:30 Opening Keynote Shelly Gross-Wade, Principal Consultant & CEO, Bay Crossing Consulting 

9:30-10:15: What’s new in funding support for small businesses?

  • Moderator: Bill Sorenson, Director of Economic Development, Cecil County 
    • Andy Fish, Senior Director, Maryland Department of Commerce 
    • Stacy Kubofcik, Senior Programs Officer, MARBIDCO 
    • Kari Snyder, Director of Community & Economic Development Partnerships, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development
    • Justin Ferguson, Program Manager, TEDCO 

10:15 – 10:30 BREAK

10:30- 11:15: What if I don’t know where to start? 

  • Moderator: Heather Tinelli, Director of Economic & Tourism Development, Queen Anne’s County
    • Chris Godfrey, Business Development Office, FSC First 
    • Geoff Delamater, Ag Relationship Manager, Horizon Farm Credit 
    • Philip Allen, Vice President, Relationship Manager Business Banking, PNC

11:15 – 11:30 BREAK

11:30 – 12:15: How we utilized public and private funds to grow our businesses

  • Moderator: Jamie Williams, CEcD, Director of Economic and Tourism Development, Kent Count
    • Matt Lippman, President, Fluoron
    • Christina Schindler, Owner, Modern Stone Age Kitchen
    • Jenny Vedrani, Owner and Founder, Refill Goodness

12:15 – 1:00 LUNCH 

1:00 –   2:00 KEYNOTE: Troy LeMaile-Stovall, CEO, TEDCO


Wed, Nov 29, 2023 @ 8:30 am - 2:00 pm


Cecil College – Technology Building (Room TC208)
One Seahawk Drive
North East , MD 21901

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2023 Rural Economic Development Session — Upper Shore Edition