Editor and Award-Winning Author to Speak at Statewide Economic Development Conference

CAMBRIDGE, Md. – The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA), announces the 2016 MEDA Annual Conference: The Economic Dynamics of Live, Work and Play. The event is slated for May 1 to 3, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay in Cambridge, Maryland.

The conference encourages attendants to take part in conversations that explore the economic components that create a community where people want to live, work and play. Expert speakers and panelists will join members to share how their leadership has influenced vibrant communities within the state. Attendees are encouraged to take this opportunity to find inspiration and new ideas that can elevate their work and evolve their communities.

Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow-up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places will stand behind the podium Monday morning as a keynote speaker. He will share ways of identifying assets and maximizing the partnerships within communities.

Matt Carmichael, vice president of Journal Communications Inc. and the editor of will speak as a keynote during Tuesday’s session. He and his team blend livability and economic intelligence in order to share data-driven information about communities on the web. Combining his experience and knowledge, Carmichael will emphasize the need to build flexibility into our communities in order to provide a place for all our citizens to live, work and play.

An engaging roundtable with members of the governor’s cabinet will be conducted to encourage discussion with attendees. Panelists include: David R. Craig, Maryland Department of Planning; James D. Fielder, Maryland Higher Education Commission; R. Michael Gill, Maryland Department of Commerce; Benjamin H. Grumbles, Maryland Department of the Environment; Kenneth C. Holt, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development; James F. Ports, Jr., Maryland Department of Transportation; Jimmy Rhee, Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs; and Kelly M. Schulz, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The 2016 MEDA Annual Banquet will be held Monday. MEDA ceremony awards, sponsored by Miles and Stockbridge, will honor “standouts” in the field of economic development and the professionals who bring economic vitality to Maryland.

An Ignite Maryland session will be held on Tuesday morning.  In order to encourage partnerships and collaboration, participants have an opportunity to present a project or program they believe attendees should be aware of. Presentations will also align with the theme of Live, Work and Play.

Personalized conference registration pricing options are available for all prospective attendees unable to attend the conference in its entirety.

For more information, or to register for the 2016 MEDA Annual Conference, visit


MEDA is a nonprofit organization of economic development professionals. Established in 1961, MEDA members promote the economic well-being of Maryland by working to improve the state’s business climate and the professionalism of those in the field of economic development.

MEDA’s membership includes economic development practitioners employed by government, businesses and chamber of commerce and other professionals with an interest in the economy of Maryland. Through its regular meetings, special programs and projects, MEDA member address such diverse issues as local planning, workforce, transportation, international trade, tourism and finance.

MEDA members work diligently transforming lives by creating opportunities, inspiring innovation and enriching communities in Maryland. To learn more about MEDA, visit


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