Members’ Corner: Emily McCoy

Name, Title, Organization

Emily McCoy, Assistant to the Director, Kent County Economic Development

Explain your role within your organization

Support all initiatives of the Director, Economic Development Commission, and economic development initiatives out of each of our incorporated towns. Areas of specialty include maintaining the county’s Commercial Property Database, maintaining the website and social media accounts, and creating opportunities for local business to business outreach.

What are your thoughts about economic development in Maryland?

Economic Development is vital for the survivability of all our counties. The challenges each of the counties face though is varied based on geographic location. The pillars of successful development include workforce development, industry variety, education, community outreach, housing, and business development. In Kent County, we are striving to improve each of these components.

Where do you think economic development fits in the non-profit community?

The non-profit community is a vital part of economic development. The interests and needs they fill is always focused on the greater good of the community and is often able to reach a broad spectrum of potential new businesses and residents.

If you could wave a magic wand, what would you want to work with MEDA on to move Maryland forward?

Workforce development and attraction for the entire Eastern Shore of Maryland is the most critical need for our mission at this time. Attraction of new businesses and infrastructure advancement is also of great importance.

Do you have a memorable MEDA moment you would like to share?

I am a brand new member, but I am sure there will be many memorable moments to come.

What is one thing you have been impacted by at a MEDA conference or event?

The teleconference offered for the rural housing development was the most impactful course I have taken so far.