• 13 Sep 2016


    MEDA's Fall Conference

    September 22, 2016, 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

    The Gathering Place - Howard County


    Federal, state and local governments, as well as international organizations, play a unique role in raising the global profile for our companies and communities. Whether creating new businesses and jobs via exports or foreign direct investment (FDI), Maryland is poised to excel in this globally-based economy. At this conference you will have the opportunity to hear from many of the organizations that support global business growth in Maryland. If you are working in global business, interested in global business, or supporting global businesses, consider attending this conference.


    Conference Details

    MEDA Members: $65; MEDA Non-members   (MEDA = Maryland Economic Development Association)



    Conference Agenda


    8:45 – 9:00 am      WELCOME TO HOWARD COUNTY

                                    County Executive Allan H. Kittleman 


    9:00 – 9:15 am      MEDA BUSINESS MEETING

                                    President’s Welcome – Keasha Haythe, CEcD

                                    Secretary’s Report – Heather Gramm, CEcD
                                    Membership Report – Daniel Thompson


    9:15 – 9:30 am        OPENING COMMENTS               

                                       “Global Maryland: Seizing Our Strengths”

                                      Ben Wu, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce


    9:30 – 10:00 am     GLOBAL CITIES INITIATIVE “Global Maryland: Seizing Our Strengths”                                                                    
                                      Marek Gootman, The Brookings Institute


    10:00 – 10:15 am       BREAK


    10:15 am – 11:15 am  Panel 1

                                           Exporting: "The Exporting Team You Didn't Know You Have”


                                         Brian Castleberry, Regional Manager - Americas and Middle East
                                         Office of International Investment and Trade, Maryland Department of Commerce


                                        Clifton Brouman, Founder & CEO, Man & Machine

                                        Jolanta Coffey, Senior International Trade Specialist,

                                         U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Export Assistance Center
                                         Mark Rice, Chair, Maryland/DC District Export Council and

                                         President/CEO, Maritime Applied Physics Corporation
                                         Ed Knox, Deputy District Director, US Small Business Administration


    11:15 – 11:30 am    BREAK


    11:30 - 12:30 pm    Foreign Direct Investment: "Designing the Right FDI Strategy"          

                                    Importance of foreign direct investment attraction efforts.

                                     Moderator:  David Campbell, Deputy Director, Investment Services

                                     SelectUSA | International Trade Administration



                                     Aaron Brickman, Senior Vice President, Organization for International Investment

                                     Brad Gillenwater, Regional Manager – East Asia, Maryland Department of Commerce

                                     Deborah Tillett, President, ETC Baltimore

                                     Patrick Fromel, National Sales Manager, Shimadzu


    11:30 - 12:30 pm    LUNCHEON KEYNOTE:          

                                  The Northeast Maglev  a high speed train from DC to NYC                                

                                    Wayne Rogers, Chairman & CEO, Northeast Maglev


    1:30 - 2:30  pm      Economic Development Directors Meeting

    This event is sponsored by:  Maryland Department of Commerce and Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development,