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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority (MIDFA) and the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund (MEDAAF; also known as Advantage Maryland) are both served by the same Authority members. For MIDFA, the Authority reviews and approves financing transactions being issued as private activity bonds and loan guarantees; for MEDAAF, the Authority reviews and approves loans to support economic development initiatives​.

Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority

MIDFA encourages private sector investments with insurance, and the issuance of tax-exempt and taxable revenue bonds. Insurance reduces the lender's credit risk. All projects must be in a Priority Funding Area. While the transaction size is generally not limited, the credit enhancement is subject to the applicable program limits.

MIDFA can be used for land acquisition, building acquisition, construction costs, machinery and equipment, furniture and fixtures, leasehold improvements, certain eligible "soft costs," energy-related projects and working capital.

Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund​ (Advantage Maryland)

A flexible and broad-based program, Advantage Maryland funds grants, loans and investments to support economic development initiatives. Uses include business attraction and retention, infrastructure support, brownfield redevelopment, arts and entertainment districts, daycare, revolving loan funds and local strategic planning. Projects must be within Priority Funding Areas and eligible industry sectors. Awards are made on a competitive basis.​


  • Deborah A. Morgan, Chairperson; 2016-2021; Executive VP, SunTrust Bank
  • Louna Primm, Co-Chairperson; 2015-2020
  • Richard Deemer; 2016-2021Associate Director, Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors
  • Bohdan Denysyk Ph.D.; 2014-2019; President & CEO, Global USA, Inc.
  • Bernard Jennings; 2012-2017; Managing Partner, CapStone Consulting Group, LLC
  • Carla Nealy; 2014-2019
  • Brian Sweeney; 2013-2018; Executive Director, Maryland MEP

Ex-Officio Officers

  • R. Michael Gill, Secretary; Department of Commerce
  • Timothy Doyle, Program Manager; Designee for Department of Commerce - Office of Finance Programs
  • Peter Franchot, Comptroller; State of Maryland
  • Jerome ​Klasmeier, Deputy Comptrol​ler; Designee for Comptroller of Maryland - State of Maryland​


Meetings are typically held the fourth Thursday of the month unless otherwise directed by the Chairperson. To confirm date, time and agenda, please contact Dana McCann, Office of Financ​e Programs, at 410-767-6367 or​​

Tentative 2018 Meeting Schedule (subject to change or cancellation)

  • January 25
  • February 22
  • March 22 - Agenda - March 22.pdf
  • April 26
  • May 24
  • June 28
  • July 26
  • August 23
  • September 27
  • October 25
  • November 16 (rescheduled from Nov. 15) -Meeting Agenda
  • December 20

Meeting Minutes​


For more information about MIDFA and MEDAAF (Advantage Maryland) contact:

Timothy Doyle, Program Manager 
Maryland Department of Commerce, Office of Finance Programs
877-821-0099 ​