Maryland Economic Development Association Launches Rural Economic Development Sessions with Support from PNC Bank

Baltimore, Md. – The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) will host its first Lower Eastern Shore Rural Economic Development Session on Nov. 19 and 20 at Salisbury University. The sessions will include presentations by public and private sector economic leaders who will stress the importance of investing in economic development in Maryland’s lower Eastern Shore counties and communities.

The event, which kicks off at 8:45 a.m. on Nov. 19, is sponsored by PNC Bank. Salisbury University also is a supporting sponsor. The two-day sessions are being held in partnership with economic development professionals from Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester counties, as well as with the cities of Cambridge and Salisbury and the towns of Berlin and Snow Hill.

“We saw this as an opportunity to support MEDA in addressing a challenge that communities across the Eastern Shore are facing,” said Raymond “Chick” Hamm, PNC Bank executive vice president and market executive. “The goal is to provide community leaders with resources and strategies to help build capacity for economic development in rural areas to create more vibrant and sustainable business communities.”

Secretary R. Michael Gill of the Maryland Department of Commerce and Secretary Kenneth Holt of the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will serve as keynote speakers. Topics to be discussed during the session include infrastructure challenges, business retention and expansion, economic development finance opportunities, real estate development, workforce development, community and neighborhood development and small business and entrepreneurship.

“No matter where we are in Maryland, there are opportunities for economic development to transform lives and enrich communities,” said Pam Ruff, executive director of MEDA. “This session will focus on the impact that it makes on the lower Eastern Shore in particular.”

For more information about MEDA’s Lower Eastern Shore Rural Economic Development Session, visit or call 410-347-1246.


About PNC

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit


About MEDA

MEDA enhances the knowledge and skills of its members and encourages partnerships and networking among those committed to bringing jobs and investment to Maryland. In addition to quarterly conferences, members have access to opportunities, discounts and scholarships for professional development. They may also participate in awards programs that highlight innovative economic development, redevelopment and marketing projects and programs in the state of Maryland. To learn more, visit




Sandy Sponaugle, program manager
Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA)



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