2020 MEDA Annual Conference Secretaries Roundtable Priorities

Meet with 10 of Governor Hogan’s Cabinet Secretaries who are prepared to discuss your issues with you. Come with your questions, or send them in advance, as each secretary will be available in virtual breakout rooms to allow you time for conversation. If you’ve ever attended a MEDA Annual Conference, you know this is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!

Secretaries Priorities

James D. Fielder, Jr., Ph.D., Secretary, Maryland Higher Education Commission


Workforce Development

Ben Grumbles, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment

Climate Action

Chesapeake Bay Restoration

Brownfields Revitalization

Kenneth C. Holt, Secretary, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development

Affordable rental and homeownership opportunities

Spur positive economic growth in Maryland’s communities through the agency’s proven revitalization programs, technical expertise, and responsive customer service

Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio, Secretary, Maryland Department of Natural Resources

Green Economy – Assisting with Maryland’s Roadmap to Recovery

Green Infrastructure – Resiliency for the future

Green Jobs – Preparing our future workforce

Robert S. McCord, Secretary, Maryland Department of Planning

Coordinate state and local efforts to secure a complete count for Maryland in the 2020 Census

Remain a leader in bringing continuing education in local planning through webinars that include thought leaders and issues of the day

Continue to develop integrated data products and applications that make tools available statewide for building better communities

Wendi Peters, Special Secretary of Smart Growth

Economic Development


Education and Workforce Development

Jimmy Rhee, Special Secretary, Governor’s Office of Small, Minority & Women Business Affairs

Economic opportunities in public and private sectors

Monitor, establish best practices for implementation and manage compliance of the state’s SBR, MBE, and VSBE procurement programs

Ensure small businesses have access to the tools needed to develop their core competency, access capital, and gain policy insights

Tiffany P. Robinson, Secretary, Maryland Department of Labor

Launch of the new unemployment system BEACON 2.0

Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce

Provide emergency financial support

Offer guidance on safe-reopening

Encouraging safe behavior

Move out of the defensive posture we took when the pandemic hit and focus more on normal economic development operations

Greg Slater, Secretary, Maryland Department of Transportation

Commitment to State of good repair and Asset Management

Delivering Big Infrastructure

Collaborative Customer Focused Department

Culture of Innovation

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