Jun 28, 2011 06:19PM
● By Anonymous
Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) has been recognized in two award categories by the Maryland Economic Development Association (MEDA). Michael G. Livingston, AAEDC Board of Directors Chairman and President of Bank of Glen Burnie, received the MEDA Volunteer of the Year Award and Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole received the Judges’ Redevelopment Award.
Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold said, “I am extremely pleased that MEDA has recognized AAEDC’s impact on the business economy through these awards. Congratulations to both Mike Livingston and Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole for supporting and enhancing Anne Arundel County’s economic environment.”
Mr. Livingston has excelled in leadership positions within the economic development community at large and has been a part of projects that resulted in economic growth, increased capital investment and employment for Maryland. Mr. Livingston has more than 30 years of banking experience which he has enthusiastically shared with AAEDC to help guide business financing programs. He is a passionate advocate for small business and is a trusted advisor to the local chambers of commerce. Mr. Livingston is also an active volunteer for the local schools, teaching financial literacy to Glen Burnie Elementary School students and he participates in Read Across America, the NEA’s annual reading motivation and awareness program.
“Mike continues to contribute to the economic health of Anne Arundel County by providing financial expertise, advice, and counsel,” said AAEDC President and CEO Robert Hannon. “AAEDC nominated Michael Livingston for this state-wide award in recognition of his generous volunteer activities. Being selected for this honor is well deserved and long overdue.”
AAEDC was also recognized for the success of Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole. The award honors the project’s positive impact through redevelopment including coordination of partnerships, leverage of resources, innovation and creativity, community revitalization, impact upon the tax base, enhancement of community life, and environmental stewardship. AAEDC coordinated the public/private partnership between Anne Arundel County and Greenberg Gibbons throughout development. The partnership required the coordination of several county departments including Planning and Zoning, Health, Public Works, Soil Conservation District, and Inspections and Permits as well as the State Highway Administration. Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation and AAEDC partnered with Greenberg Gibbons to sponsor a job fair attended by approximately 1,000 job seekers. The job fair helped local residents explore the wide variety of new employment opportunities at ATC.
AAEDC nominated the project for its tremendous economic impact on Anne Arundel County in the midst of a recession.
“Annapolis Towne Centre (ATC) at Parole has provided diversity to the economy, generating substantial, long-term tax revenue for both Anne Arundel County and Maryland,” said Mr. Hannon. “With the positive benefits it has brought to the businesses and residences within the greater Parole Growth Area, and its successful response to market demand, Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole has been a terrific success.”
The sixth annual MEDA Economic Development Awards took place at the MEDA Annual Conference in Cambridge, Maryland. Sponsored by Miles & Stockbridge, P.C., the awards recognized outstanding efforts to attract new businesses, assist existing businesses, redevelop business districts, market communities and support workforce development initiatives, tourism activities, and agricultural programs.
The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC) mission is to serve business needs and to increase Anne Arundel County’s economic base through job growth and business investment. For a complete list of services provided by AAEDC, visit the web site at www.aaedc.org or call 410-222-7410.
MEDA enhances the knowledge and skills of its 500 members and encourages e and skills of its 500 members and encourages partnerships and networking among those committed to bringing jobs and investment to Maryland. Since 1961, MEDA has operated as a nonprofit organization of economic development professionals, whose members promote the economic well being of Maryland and work to improve the state’s business climate. To learn more about MEDA, please visit www.MEDAmd.com.