Maryland National Capital Region Economic Development Organizations Join Forces with a Focus on Collaboration, Cooperation and Inclusion
Baltimore, Md. – Recently, six economic developers serving in Maryland Counties joined to outline their collective commitment to growing a stronger Maryland Capital Region. Anne Arundel, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s counties virtually signed a joint statement on Regional Collaboration.
The genesis for the joint statement began in October 2019 when the six Maryland National Capital Region Economic Development Organizations began meeting to discuss economic development issues of mutual concern to their 3.3 million citizens, representing over 52% of the Maryland economy. While the COVID-19 crisis sweeping the nation has created an greater urgency for regional collaboration, the Joint Statement is an agreement to: explore joint marketing and promotion; establish shared rules for ethical marketing; formalize protocols for communications with regard to business prospects; evaluate policy changes to address competitiveness; evaluate the joint pursuit of targeted industry sectors; and engage other regional economic development partners.
The six organizations have been teleconferencing weekly since the onslaught of the COVID-19 crisis and have engaged in a strong exchange of shared experiences, issues, resources, best practices, and challenges. Along with Federal and State resources, the six economic development organizations are working collectively to create regional solutions to the economic recovery of the Capital region, a commitment reflected in the addition of language referring to cooperation in addressing emergencies such as COVID-19.
The signing of this Joint Statement last Wednesday, via teleconference because of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, moves the gathering of the six County economic development organizations to a new level of regional cooperation and collaboration.
The Joint Statement was signed by:
- Jill Seamon, Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corporation
- Darrell Brown, Charles County Department of Economic Development
- Helen Propheter, Frederick County Office of Economic Development
- Larry Twele, Howard County Economic Development Authority
- Ben Wu, Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation
- David S. Iannucci, Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation
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 interest in the economy of Maryland. Through its regular meetings, special programs and projects, MEDA members 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 www.medamd.com.