MEDA Members’ Corner: Destiny Allen Mitchell

Destiny Allen Mitchell, Economic Development Specialist, St. Mary’s Department of Economic Development

Explain your background in economic development
I am an Economic Development Specialist who works with businesses and innovators to grow targeted industries, attract and retain young professionals, and create a nurturing environment for innovation and entrepreneurship within the community. I have a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Georgia and a BA in Economics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

What are your key priorities within your current position?
I am responsible for business attraction, retention and expansion, data and research collection, social media management, and various other duties.

Does one particular project spark your excitement? If so, describe it below.
I am very excited about two projects:
1. The Airport Innovation District: We have a unique opportunity to help guide and leverage the development of the area in and around the regional airport to promote research, foster new technology, boost new and expanding business enterprises, and encourage resource sharing and idea exchange through a planned growth effort that includes increased connectivity to existing industry and adjoining neighborhoods and retail space.
2. The Regional Innovation Collaborative: A Southern Maryland initiative, tasked with promoting quality of life assets in the region, creating a more coordinated and robust startup support system, and developing programming and funding to support diversification through small business growth.

What professional pressures keep you up at night?
How do we do it all with limited time and resources?

What attributes are unique to your community?
Rural, High-Tech, Innovative, Water

If you could wave a magic wand, what would you want to work with MEDA on to move Maryland forward?
1. The Airport Innovation District
2. The Regional Innovation Collaborative

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