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Maryland Economic Development Association to Bring its Fall Conference to St. Mary’s County

Published: 13 Oct 2017

Leonardtown, MD – Maryland has 12 military installations which help to strategically position many of the State’s private sector industries for increased growth and profit margins. While a number of innovations and advancements occur ‘on base’ aboard NAS Pax River, communities across the state can identify opportunities to acquire these advancements and turn them into commercial applications.

For some companies, determining how to take advantage of these opportunities can be challenging. The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) hopes to bring clarity to the process at its Fall Conference on October 23, 2017. This year’s conference will take place at the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum, 22156 Three Notch Road in Lexington Park from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The conference theme is “Demystifying the Process of Doing Business with the Military.” The St. Mary’s County Department of Economic Development is a conference sponsor.

Conference speakers will address the many ways economic developers can position companies in their region to take full advantage of the economic drivers and variety of network opportunities available to all businesses throughout the State.

"St Mary's County recognizes the importance of economic development and diversification to the business community and our quality of life,” says Chris Kaselemis, Economic Development Director. "We are pleased to host the fall MEDA during Economic Development Week. The conference, to be held at the Patuxent Naval Air Museum, will provide the context of our history of aviation and innovation."
Scheduled speakers include:

  • Leslie Taylor, Executive Director, Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division
  • Brigadier General Mike Hayes USMC (Ret.), Managing Director of the Office of Military and Federal Affairs for the State of Maryland
  • Tim O’Ferrall, General Manager of the Fort Meade Alliance
  • Richard Decker, working with non-profits focused on Maryland State Parks, Forests and Recreation advocacy
  • Ashley Buzzeo, Managing Director, Center for GIS at Towson University

Conference registration is available online on the MEDA website at https://www.medamd.com/event/meda-2017-fall-conference/. Cost is $65 for MEDA members and $100 for non-members.


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