Econ devel­op­ment group to hold an­nual con­fer­ence

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CAM­BRIDGE — The Mary­land Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (MEDA) will host their an­nual con­fer­ence from May 1 to May 3 at the Hy­att Re­gency Ch­e­sa­peake Bay.

MEDA is a non­profit group of eco­nomic devel­op­ment pro­fes­sion­als from many dif­fer­ent in­dus­try sec­tors such as gov­ern­ment, pri­vate busi­nesses, cham­ber of com­merce or­ga­ni­za­tions and more. They work to pro­mote and im­prove the state of Mary­land’s eco­nomic health.

At this year’s con­fer­ence, award-win­ning author Matt Carmichael will serve as the key­note speaker. Carmichael is vice pres­i­dent of Jour­nal Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Inc. and edi­tor of liv­abil­ity. com, a web­site that ranks cities based on de­mo­graphic data like me­dian in­come, hous­ing and ed­u­ca­tion.

Cam­bridge was named one of the top ten small towns in 2013 by liv­abil­ity. com.

Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Af­fair Be­tween Peo­ple and Their Places will also speak at the con­fer­ence.

Ad­di­tional pro­gram­ming will in­clude a roundtable dis­cus­sion ses­sion with sev­eral mem­bers of Gover­nor Larry Ho­gan’s cabi­net, a ban­quet and awards cer­e­mony, and pre­sen­ta­tions by at­ten­dees fo­cused on the con­fer­ence theme: Live, Work and Play.

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Matt Carmichael, edi­tor of liv­abil­ity.com.

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