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Governor Calvert House
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Meet the State 2024: Charting Maryland's Economic Growth

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New for 2024, our annual early-session gathering will focus on Maryland’s Economic Competitiveness, and the policy work needed to strengthen the state’s economy, competitiveness and business community. 

Attendees will hear from renowned speakers including the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, along with leaders from the Governor's office and the Maryland Department of Commerce. Two insightful CEO Spotlight sessions will provide perspective from the corporate world.

The event will also feature interactive policy panels on pressing issues like transportation, AI, and workforce development. Panelists include legislators and industry experts. Attendees will also have opportunities to connect with business leaders and policymakers throughout the day, join in a guided tour of the Maryland State House and wrap up the evening with a legislative reception.

Event Details

January 17, 2024 | 8 AM - 6 PM 

The Governor Calvert House, 58 State Circle, Annapolis, MD

Tickets $169 for Members | $199 for Non-members

Tickets include light breakfast, event access, networking and happy hour with open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres.

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Agenda & Featured Speakers

This premier event will feature:

  • 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.    Coffee, networking and lunch: Connect with colleagues, business leaders, and policymakers over coffee, networking breaks, lunch and and end-of-day reception
  • 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m.    Economic Outlook: Briefing from Tom Barkin, President, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
    • Priorities of Administration: Briefing from Eric Luedtke, Chief Legislative Officer; Signe Pringle, Deputy Secretary, Maryland Department of Commerce
    • Maryland Chamber Legislative Priorities Overview: Hannah Allen, Government Affairs Associate, Maryland Chamber of Commerce
  • 10:40 a.m.–12:30 p.m.    Policy Panels:
    • Transportation Panel — Moderated by Patricia Swanson, Government Affairs Director, CareFirst.
      Featuring: Jake Cashion, Vice President of Government Affairs with North Carolina Chamber of Commerce; Senator Bill Ferguson, Senate President for Maryland; Senator Stephen Hershey, Senate Minority Leader, Delegate Marc Korman, Chair of Environment and Transportation Committee
    • Artificial Intelligence Panel — Moderated by Allison Taylor, Director of Government Relations, Kaiser Permanente.  Featuring: James Hayes, Senior Vice President of Global Government Affairs at Tenable; Nishant Shah, Senior Advisor for Responsible AI, State of Maryland
    • Labor and Workforce Development Panel — Moderated by Erin Appel, Vice President of External Affairs, UnitedHealthcare. Featuring:  Brian Cavey, Chairman of Maryland Apprenticeship and Training Council; Dr. Marquita Davis, CAO of KinderCare Learning Companies; Walter Simmons, President and CEO of Employ Prince George’s Incorporated
  • 12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m.    Lunch and networking
  • 2:15 p.m.–3:15 p.m.    60-minute Guided Tour of the Maryland General Assembly Legislative Complex or Independent Work Time (maximum capacity for the tour is 30 people)
  • 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.    Legislative Reception at Galway Bay Irish Restaurant & Pub

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Tickets include light breakfast, event access, networking and happy hour with open bar and passed hors d'oeuvres.

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Silver Sponsors

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Supporting Sponsors

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