The Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA) has announced the recipients of its 2011 MEDA Awards, which include four winners of local significance.
Columbia received the 50th Anniversary Economic Impact Development Award. Created around concepts of community and environmental unity, Columbia was designed to offer residents affordable housing, excellent schools, recreation and amenities, all within walking distance. Named among the “Top 5 Most Desirable Places to Live in America” by CNN and Money magazine, Columbia continues to attract employers and new residents, generating billions of dollars in economic activity.
The MEDA Life Member Award was presented to Dick Story, who served as CEO of the Howard County Economic Development Authority for 17 years and also held key positions within Baltimore and Carroll County’s economic development departments. In his 32 years on the MEDA board of directors, he played essential roles within the organization, serving as president and membership chair. He is now senior vice president for marketing at JPB Enterprises in Columbia.
The Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole received the Judges’ Redevelopment Award for its innovative blend of retail, real estate, restaurant and office space. The mixed-use project, which generates an estimated $75 million in compensation for local employees, is a model of smart design, environmental sustainability and effective partnerships.
Bank of Glen Burnie President and CEO Mike Livingston received the MEDA Volunteer of the Year Award for his investment in the people and prosperity of Anne Arundel County. Livingston chairs the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp.’s board of directors, where he nurtures commerce and trade within the county. He also leads revitalization efforts on the Glen Burnie Town Center Advisory Committee and serves on the Maryland Bankers Association board of directors.