Mary­land as­so­ci­a­tion marked Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Week

Maryland Independent - - Business -

The Mary­land Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, in part­ner­ship with coun­ties and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties through­out the state, held its sixth an­nual Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Week this week.

The week cel­e­brates eco­nomic growth ef­forts in the state. It is de­signed to in­crease an un­der­stand­ing of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment’s con­tri­bu­tion to the state’s busi­ness cli­mate, job re­ten­tion and growth in the tax base, as well as the over­all qual­ity of life in Mary­land, ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease.

“Mary­land’s com­mu­nity of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ers, busi­nesses and gov­ern­ment lead­ers usher dreams into the pipe­line,” MEDA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Pamela Ruff said in a state­ment. “This week sheds a light on these as­pi­ra­tions that have come to fruition and the ini­tia­tives that are trans­form­ing lives in Mary­land’s many com­mu­ni­ties.”

As part of Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Week, the MEDA Fall Con­fer­ence: Global Mary­land, was held on Thurs­day in Clarksville. The con­fer­ence fo­cused on fed­eral, state and lo­cal gov­ern­ments’ roles in rais­ing the state’s global pro­file for its com­pa­nies and com­mu­ni­ties.

Cre­at­ing new com­merce op­por­tu­ni­ties through ex­port­ing ini­tia­tives or for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment is cru­cial to Mary­land’s con­tin­ued global growth, the press re­lease stated. Con­fer­ence at­ten­dees learned how to har­ness these in­dus­tries in their com­mu­ni­ties in or­der to build mo­men­tum in Mary­land.

“As so­ci­ety evolves, we all be­come more in­ter­con­nected,” MEDA Pres­i­dent Keasha Haythe said in a state­ment. “This con­fer­ence will high­light the im­por­tance of embracing global part­ner­ships to bring pros­per­ity to Mary­land’s com­mu­ni­ties and be­yond.”

Wayne Rogers, chair­man and CEO at The North­east Ma­glev, was the key­note speaker. Rogers has ex­pe­ri­ence in in­fra­struc­ture project de­vel­op­ment, en­gi­neer­ing, con­struc­tion and fi­nance. He has led large teams of pro­fes­sion­als in fi­nance, con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion of en­ergy projects in 10 states and 13 for­eign coun­tries.

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