News Release, Charles County Economic Development Department

White Plains, Md. — Registration for the Charles County Economic Development Department’s 2019 Fall Meeting is now open. The annual event will be held on Nov. 5, 2019, at the Greater Waldorf Jaycees Center, 3090 Crain Highway, Waldorf, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This year, the theme is “The Future in Focus.”

The keynote speaker will be Anirban Basu, chairman, and CEO of Sage Policy Group. Mr. Basu is a highly regarded expert on the economy and economic development.  His economic analysis and insights are matched by his ability to simplify complex data and present it with wit and humor. Jay Garner, president of Garner Economics, will return with another look at Charles County’s five-year strategic plan.  Mr. Garner developed the plan and presented it to the community in 2016.  This year, he will review progress so far, but — more importantly — he will look at how the marketplace has changed since then and address where the county should go from here.  That will be followed by a panel discussion on “The Future of Work.”

Darréll Brown, director of the Charles County Economic Development Department, explained, “Our Annual Fall Meeting serves several purposes.  It’s an update to the community on the County’s ongoing economic development program and progress; it’s a networking event, and we provide our businesses with an in-depth look at a topic or issue that is affecting or will affect commerce – locally regionally, and globally.”

The theme, “The Future in Focus,” refers to the evolution taking place in the business world. Automation, artificial intelligence, technology, and the gig economy are redefining how business gets done, and many of the jobs of the future don’t even exist today. The presenters and panel discussion will provide insight into these emerging trends and help Charles County’s business owners and operators prepare for what’s ahead. 

To register, visit For more information on the meeting and how to become a sponsor, contact Michelle DeSoto at 301-885-1347. To learn more about the Charles County Economic Development Department, visit

About Charles County Economic Development Department

The Charles County Economic Development Department (EDD) supports and promotes the economic vitality of Charles County, MD., a dynamic and fast-growing region in the Washington D.C. metro area. It serves as the first point of contact for local businesses and for companies seeking to locate or relocate to Charles County.

With a strong collaborative network of businesses, education, and governmental partners, the organization assists companies through a variety of services including site selection, workforce training, incentives packaging, introductions to business contacts, permit expedition, and sourcing of capital.

The Charles County Economic Development Department seeks to attract entrepreneurs, talented professionals, and companies from key growth industries to the region by marketing Charles County’s business, workforce, and lifestyle assets. In addition, the EDD provides resources and support for existing businesses to help them grow and expand in Charles County. 

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