The Basics of Structured Economic Development

Economic development drives the economy and creates jobs. To learn the basics of creating an economic plan for your community, attend the MACo Summer Conference session titled “The Basics of Structured Economic Development.” Session details are below.

Description: Economic development can mean different things to different people. But when developing an economic plan, people need to come together to build a common understanding and approach to achieve identified goals. This session will provide the basics for building an economic plan, identifying a jurisdiction’s strengths and weaknesses to better target economic development efforts, and supporting successful local and regional economic development programs.


  • Alex McCoy, CEcD, Economic Development Director, Garrett County
  • Lily Qi, Director of Special Projects, Montgomery County
  • Lara Fritts, CEcD, Maryland Economic Development Association, Professional Development Committee Chair, Director of Business Development, Baker, Tilly, Vichow Krause, LLP

Moderator: The Honorable Mary Washington, Maryland House of Delegates

Date/Time: Friday, August 14, 2015; 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

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Questions? Contact Meetings & Events Director Virginia White.