The Maryland Economic Development Association recently announced the recipients of its 2011 MEDA Awards: the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission received the Economic Development Program Award; the Delmarva Discovery Center won the Economic Redevelopment Project Award; the Annapolis Towne Center at Parole received the Judges’ Redevelopment Award; the Greater Washington Initiative was honored with the Economic Development Marketing Award; the 50th Anniversary Economic Impact Program Award was presented to the University of Maryland’s Maryland Industrial Partnerships; Columbia, Md., received the 50th Anniversary Economic Impact Development Award; Baltimore’s Inner Harbor won the 50th Anniversary Economic Impact Redevelopment Award. Bank of Glen Burnie President and CEO Michael G. Livingston received the MEDA Volunteer of the Year Award; Robert (Bob) C. Brennan, executive director of the Maryland Economic Development Corp., was inducted into the MEDA Hall of Fame; and the MEDA Life Member Award was presented to Richard (Dick) W. Story, senior vice president for marketing at JPB Enterprises.
NextLogical Benefit Strategies, of Westminster, recently received a 2010 Top 5 Producer Status award from CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. The award recognizes the employee health benefits company for its growth in brokering CareFirst’s medical plans throughout Maryland, Northern Virginia and the District of Columbia. NextLogical Benefit Strategies is a nationwide employee benefits brokerage and consulting firm.
Anne Towne, retiring executive director of the Association of Community Services, was honored during the organization’s annual Audrey Robbins Humanitarian Awards luncheon June 15. The association is a network of nonprofit, for-profit, faith-based and government agencies and citizen advocates founded in 1963 to develop, support, and promote the Howard County human services community with education and training, advocacy, and community connections.
The College of Southern Maryland Foundation recently added two directors: Vickie Kite Milburn is co-founder and publisher of Southern Maryland—This is Living magazine. She also is a senior loan officer with George Mason Mortgage. Milburn attended CSM before transferring to the University of South Carolina and then the University of Maryland, where she earned a bachelor’s degree. Paula Martino owns a consulting firm specializing in government affairs for the private sector in matters related to real estate and land use legislation and the regulatory processes associated with land use and development permits. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s degree in art history, both from the University of Maryland, College Park. She joined CSM in 2004 as a faculty member teaching art history. During the winter 2010 Commencement Ceremony, Martino received the Faculty Excellence Award Honoring Adjunct Faculty.