“Are We on the Same Page?”: Key Takeaways from November 3 Fall Meeting

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Friday, November 13, 2015

On November 3, members of the Charles County community gathered together for the annual Economic Development Fall Meeting. Unlike the typical meetings of past years, this year’s meeting, titled “Are We on the Same Page? Building Consensus,” focused on the development of the County’s new five-year economic development strategic plan and the County’s future economic progress.

Meeting Highlights  

  • “Not business as usual.” Darrell Brown, Director of the Charles County Department of Economic Development, kicked off the meeting emphasizing that this year: “we wanted to do things differently because Charles County is in transition and we need to discuss how to move the county’s economic development agenda forward.”
  • New Economic Development Strategic Plan will create an environment where businesses can prosper in Charles County. Through partnership with Garner Economics and Development Counsellors International (DCI), and with the feedback from residents and local business owners, Charles County will create an actionable five-year ED plan, which will be the “road map to help Charles County,” according to Brown.
  • “Think loud and act bold.” Jay Garner, Principal of Garner Economics, delivered the Keynote Address: “Are We on the Same Page: Understanding What Makes Good Communities Great.” Garner outlined the path to success for attracting new business, emphasizing the importance of “shovel-ready” sites and the Internet as a marketing tool. He encouraged his audience to “Think big and act bold. Have the courage to take new approaches.” Following his speech, Garner took questions from the audience. His answers will be posted later on social media and in the upcoming E-News.
  • Charles County Department of Economic Development receives industry recognition for marketing efforts in 2015. Commissioner Murphy presented the County Economic Development Department with the IEDC Excellence in Economic Development Bronze Award for its marketing and branding efforts in 2015.

Other speakers at the meeting included County Administrator Michael D. Mallinoff, Natalia Olson-Urtecho and Antonio Dawes of the U.S. Small Business Administration, Jayson Knott, Program Director of Business Development at the Maryland Department of Commerce, Mayor Brandon Paulin from the Town of Indian Head and Sue Greer, Chair of the Charles County Chamber of Commerce. Discussion topics included collaboration, access to resources and partnering at the local, state and federal levels.

For photos from the meeting, check out the Charles County Government Flickr album

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