DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

DEFUNCT AGENCIES


ADMINISTRATION & CREDIT
Under Division of Financing Programs, restructured as Loan Administration and moved to Economic Development Support Unit in Aug. 2003.

ADVANCED MANUFACTURING
Under Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship, renamed Manufacturing in Oct. 2015.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES
Under Business Development, restructured as Aerospace, Communications, Information Technology and Defense Team in Jan. 2008.

ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON TOURISM
Created in 1993, Committee advised Maryland Tourism Development Board on tourism industry (Chapter 625, Acts of 1993). Committee's forty members were appointed to four-year terms by Governor with advice of Secretary of Business and Economic Development, and Maryland Tourism Development Board (Code 1957, Art. 83A, sec. 4-209).

Committee became inactive in 1997; abolished July 1, 2004 (Chapter 153, Acts of 2004).

AGENCY PERFORMANCE MEASUREMENT
Under Chief Operating Officer, reorganized as Performance Management and Special Projects in July 2011.

AGRICULTURAL PROGRAMS
Under Technology Strategy and Business Development, reorganized as Resource-Based Industries in Jan. 2004.

BIOMARYLAND CENTER
Transferred to Maryland Technology Development Corporation in Oct. 2015 (
Chapter 141, Acts of 2015).

BIOSCIENCES
Under Business Development, restructured as Life Sciences and Health Care Team in Jan. 2008.

BUSINESS & ECONOMIC RESEARCH
In July 2000, transferred to Office of Business Information Services as Business Research and Analysis.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Abolished in Sept. 2008; some functions incorporated into Office of Marketing and Business Development.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT - CAPITAL REGION
20 Courthouse Square, Suite 104, Rockville, MD 20850

Created in Dec. 2003, this office promoted Maryland's business advantages, supported expansion of existing businesses, assisted local businesses in increasing exports to world markets, and provided site selection assistance. Capital Region included Frederick, Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT-RURAL REGION
An offshoot of Division of Business Development, Business Development-Rural Region started in Dec. 2003 to assist businesses in rural counties of Eastern Shore (Caroline, Cecil, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne's, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico & Worcester); Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's); and Western Maryland (Allegany, Garrett & Washington). It focused on job retention and job creation.

In Feb. 2007, functions dispersed to other units.

BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT WORKING GROUP
Charles M. Fleischman, Chair (chosen by Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board)

Under Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, functioned from 2007 to 2008, providing input for BioMaryland 2020 Strategic Plan.

BUSINESS LOCATION ASSISTANCE
In July 2000, functions dispersed to Office of Industry and Professional Services, and Office of Technology and International Business.

BUSINESS LOCATION GROUP
Under Office of Business Development, renamed Business Location Assistance in 1997.

CAPITAL FORMATION WORKING GROUP
Kenneth C. Carter, Ph.D., Chair (chosen by Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board)

Under Maryland Life Sciences Advisory Board, functioned from 2007 to 2008, providing advice and comment on BioMaryland 2020 Strategic Plan.

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Office of Chief Operating Officer was created in March 2009 to oversee Agency Performance Measurement, Fair Practices, Internal Audits, and Office of Administration and Technology. In July 2012, Chief Operating Officer also became responsible for Office of Policy and Government Affairs.

Abolished in April 2013, functions assigned to Deputy Secretary.

CLEAN TECHNOLOGY & RENEWABLE ENERGY
Under Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship, renamed Energy and Sustainability in Jan. 2016.

CLEAN TECHNOLOGY & SUSTAINABILITY
Under Office of Business Development, renamed Clean Technology and Renewable Energy and moved to Office of Strategic Industries and Innovation in July 2012.

COMMUNITY FINANCING GROUP
Under Division of Financing Programs, functions dispersed to regional teams in 2000.

COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
Under Division of Regional Development, merged with Office of Regional Response to form Office of Community Assistance in April 1998.

DAY-CARE FACILITIES FINANCING COMMITTEE
Authorization for Committee was repealed in 2000 (Chapter 305, Acts of 2000).

DAY-CARE FINANCING PROGRAMS
Under Division of Financing Programs, functions dispersed to regional teams in 2000.

DEFENSE ADJUSTMENT FINANCING COMMITTEE
In 1998, renamed Maryland Economic Adjustment Financing Committee (Chapter 693, Acts of 1998).

DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATION
Renamed Division of Administration and Information Technology in July 1999.

DIVISION OF ADMINISTRATION & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
In July 2000, restructured as Office of Administrative Services.

DIVISION OF BUSINESS & ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
Renamed Division of Business and Industry Sector Development in July 2015.

DIVISION OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Restructured as Division of Business and Enterprise Development in July 2009.

DIVISION OF ECONOMIC POLICY, RESEARCH, & LEGISLATIVE AFFAIRS
In Sept. 2008, restructured as Research; some functions moved to Business Assistance and Outreach.

DIVISION OF MARKETING
Renamed Division of Business Development in Sept. 1999.

DIVISION OF MARKETING & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
In July 2009, funtions dispersed to other divisions.

DIVISION OF REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
In Dec. 2003, functions dispersed to three regional divisions of Business Development.

DIVISION OF SMALL BUSINESS
In Sept. 2008, restructured as a unit under Office of Economic Development.

DIVISION OF TOURISM, FILM, & THE ARTS
Restructured as Division of Tourism and Culture in July 2009.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT POLICY
Reorganized as Office of Economic Policy and Legislation in 1998.

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT UNIT

ENERGY & SUSTAINABILITY
Under Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship, restructured as Energy and Agribusiness in Aug. 2016.

ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
Under Division of Marketing, discontinued in Feb. 1998.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY & FAIR PRACTICES
Under Chief Operating Officer, renamed Office of Fair Practices in July 2012.

FEDERAL FACILITIES
Under Office of Strategic Industries and Innovation, phased out in July 2014.

FEDERAL FACILITIES ADVISORY BOARD
Staff: vacancy (410) 767-6881
web:
www.choosemaryland.org/aboutdbed/pages/federalfacilities.aspx

Appointed by Governor:
Kevin F. Kelly, Chair (chosen by Governor)
Larry O. Arthur, Ph.D.; Charles H. Atwell; John M. Belcher; Douglas L. Britt; Natalie D. Eddington, Ph.D.; Ray O. Johnson, Ph.D.; Belkis Leong-Hong; Lloyd B. Minor, M.D.; Matt Mountain, Ph.D.; Martin T. Neat; John C. Parris; Darryll J. Pines, Ph.D.; James F. Pitts; Richard T. Roca, Sc.D.; J. Thomas Sadowski; James W. Sheaffer; David Wilson, Ed.D.; Jingli Yang, Ph.D.

In Jan. 2010, Federal Facilities Advisory Board was created by Governor.

Board was charged with developing a comprehensive plan to maximize business opportunities for Maryland firms with the more than fifty federal facilities, twelve military installations, and the influx of BRAC-related jobs in State.

On Feb. 7, 2013, Board submitted its Plan to Governor.

FINANCE, INSURANCE, & RETAIL MANUFACTURING
Under Business Development, restructured into Financial Services, Insurance and Real Estate Team, and Manufacturing and Logistics Team in Jan. 2008.

FINANCE & INSURANCE SECTOR
Under Division of Marketing, discontinued in Dec. 1996.

FINANCIAL SERVICES & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY SECTOR
Under Division of Marketing, discontinued in Feb. 1998.

FINANCING PROGRAMS
In Sept. 2008, reorganized as Finance Team under Office of Economic Development.

FOREIGN INVESTMENT
Under Office of Technology and International Business in Division of Business Development, disbanded; functions dispersed within Division in July 2001.

GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Under Office of Policy and Research, renamed Policy and Government Affairs in Oct. 2015.

GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT & JOB CREATION FAST-TRACK-INITIATIVE COORDINATING COMMITTEE
Richard G. Higgins, Administrator (410) 767-2288; e-mail:
richard.higgins@maryland.gov

Chair: Boyd K. Rutherford, Lt. Governor

In June 2011, Governor created Governor's Economic Development and Job Creation Fast-Track-Initiative Coordinating Committee (Executive Order 01.01.2011.12).

Committee assisted in implementing Fast-Track-Initiative, a coordinated review process to process more expeditiously permit applications for business and economic development projects in targeted areas such as a Priority Funding Area or projects that meet other criteria. Fast-Track Initiative was a component of Maryland Made Easy, an interagency effort to improve State's business climate.

Disbanded in 2015.

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF BUSINESS ADVOCACY
Reorganized as Governor's Office of Business Advocacy and Small Business Assistance in Dec. 2000.

GOVERNOR'S OFFICE OF BUSINESS ADVOCACY & SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE
Functions absorbed by Division of Small Business in Feb. 2007.

HEALTH INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
Under Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship, abolished in Oct. 2015, and some functions moved to Office of Biohealth Technology.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY & TELECOMMUNICATIONS
Under Office of Technology and International Business in Division of Business Development, disbanded; functions dispersed within Division in July 2001.

INTERAGENCY & LOCAL GOVERNMENT COORDINATION
Origins of Interagency and Local Government Coordination trace to 1993 when Office of Regulatory and Environmental Assistance was established within Division of Regional Development. In July 1999, Office of Regulatory Affairs and Analysis emerged. That office developed policy initiatives and cooperation to make Maryland's business climate "business-friendly." Also in July 1999, Office of Community Planning was created to work with local government officials and their economic development offices on strategic planning. Functions of these two offices combined in Jan. 2001 to form Office of Interagency and Local Government Coordination. As Intergovernmental Coordination, it moved to Governor's Office of Business Advocacy and Small Business Assistance in Dec. 2003. It reorganized in Nov. 2004 as Interagency and Local Government Coordination and transferred to Business Development-Rural Region, whose functions were reassigned in Feb. 2007.

Office coordinated and oversaw Department initiatives relating to workforce, regulatory and community planning, and interagency coordination. It facilitated and promoted the efforts of Maryland businesses to develop and train employees, and meet business growth needs. To create a business-friendly environment, Intergovernmental Coordination streamlined regulatory processes. To advance business and economic growth, it built and strengthened partnerships between State, local governments, area businesses, and community organizations.

INTERGOVERNMENTAL COORDINATION
Under Governor's Office of Business Advocacy and Small Business Assistance, reorganized as Interagency and Local Government Coordination and transferred to Business Development-Rural Region in Sept. 2004.

INTERNATIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
Staff: Signe Pringle (410) 767-3542; e-mail:
signe.pringle@maryland.gov
web: www.choosemaryland.org/aboutdbed/pages/giac.aspx

Appointed by Governor:
Harold L. Adams, Chair (chosen by Governor)
Katherine A. (Katie) Gray, Vice-Chair (chosen by Governor)
Mohamed S. Al-Ibrahim, M.B., Ch.B.; Carlos Ayala; David B. Cooke; Ronald J. Daniels, LL.M.; Drew Greenblatt; Vinita Gupta; Ken Hackett; A. Reza Jafari; William E. Kirwan, Ph.D.; Douglas Liu; Leslie D. Mancuso, Ph.D.; Thomas A. McDonald; Scott Menzies; Norman F. Oblon; R. Todd Ruppert; Maurice B. Tose; Zhai Yifan, M.D., Ph.D.

Ex officio: Dominick E. Murray, Secretary of Business & Economic Development; James J. White, Executive Director, Maryland Port Administration; Abba David Poliakoff, Chair, Maryland Israel Development Center; Deborah M. Kielty, President, World Trade Center Institute; Bill Burwell, Director, Baltimore U.S. Export Assistance Center.

In March 2009, Governor created International Advisory Council.

Council advised Governor and Department of Business and Economic Development on strategically enhancing Maryland's global presence.

Inactive. Last met Nov. 2014.

INTERNATIONAL OPERATIONS
Under Deputy Secretary, renamed Office of International Trade and Investment, and moved under Business Development in July 2007.

INTERNATIONAL TRADE DEVELOPMENT
Under Office of International Business, renamed Trade Development in 1997.

INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES
Under Information and Technology Management, functions transferred to Department of Information Technology in May 2016.

LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Under Office of Policy and Government Affairs.

MANUFACTURING, TRANSPORTATION, & DISTRIBUTION
Under Technology Strategy and Business Development, reorganized as Insurance, Manufacturing, and Finance in Jan. 2004.

MANUFACTURING & FINANCE
Under Office of Business Development, restructured as Next Generation Manufacturing, and Office of Strategic Industries and Innovation in July 2012.

MARKET OPPORTUNITIES
Under Office of Industry and Professional Services in Division of Business Development, absorbed by Manufacturing, Transportation, and Distribution in July 2002.

MARYLAND ADVISORY COMMISSION ON MANUFACTURING COMPETITIVENESS
Under Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship, restructured as Maryland Manufacturing Advisory Board in July 2017 (Chapter 259, Acts of 2017).

MARYLAND BIOTECHNOLOGY CENTER
Under Office of Secretary, renamed BioMaryland Center in April 2013.

MARYLAND COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE FINANCING FUND WORK GROUP
Staff: Marla Posey-Moss (410) 767-2030

Appointed by Secretary of Business & Economic Development:
Celester A. (Les) Hall, Jr., Chair (chosen by Secretary of Business & Economic Development)
James Davenport; Joseph J. James; Tina M. Jolivet, Esq.; Paula Klepper; Joseph Mangini; James H. McLean; Ackneil M. Muldrow II; Helen M. Spinelli; Renee Sprow; Allan Stephenson.

Appointed by Senate President: John J. Hafer; Thomas M. Middleton.

Appointed by House Speaker: Kerry A. Hill; Verna L. Jones.

Maryland Competitive Advantage Financing Fund was created in 1999 to provide loans to small businesses unable to borrow from traditional lenders (Chapter 299, Acts of 1999). At request of Senate Budget and Taxation Committee and House Appropriations Committee, Department fashioned Work Group in Aug. 2000 to examine role of local economic development officials and organizations in small business lending, and evaluate whether Fund should be administered at State or local level.

On Dec. 31, 2000, Work Group reported to Senate Budget and Taxation Committee, and House Appropriations Committee.

MARYLAND ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT FINANCING COMMITTEE
In 1994, the Defense Adjustment Financing Committee formed to oversee the Defense Adustment Loan Fund within Department (Chapter 689, Acts of 1994). In 1998, Committee was renamed Maryland Economic Adjustment Financing Committee, and Fund became Maryland Economic Adjustment Fund (Chapter 693, Acts of 1998). Formerly under Office of In-State Business Services, Committee transferred to Financing Programs (now Finance Team) in Dec. 2003.

Committee approved applications for defense adjustment loans and set terms and conditions for such loans.

Appointed by Secretary of Business and Economic Development, Committee consisted of at least seven members who served two-year terms (Code Economic Development Article, secs. 5-202).

Authorization for Committee was repealed effective July 1, 2010 (Chapter 14, Acts of 2010).

MARYLAND ENERGY FINANCING ADMINISTRATION
Authorization for Administration was repealed in 2000 (Chapter 305, Acts of 2000).

MARYLAND ENTERPRISE INCENTIVE DEPOSIT FUND
Repealed and functions consolidated in Maryland Industrial Development Financing Authority in 2000 (Chapter 305, Acts of 2000).

MARYLAND ENTERPRISE INVESTMENT FUND & CHALLENGE PROGRAMS
Not funded in FY2017.

MARYLAND FILM OFFICE
Under Division of Tourism, Film, and the Arts, restructured as Office of Film and Digital Media in June 2010.

MARYLAND GREEN JOBS & INDUSTRY TASK FORCE
Staff: Kassie Lewis (410) 767-0697; e-mail:
klewis@choosemaryland.org

Chair: Christian S. Johansson, Secretary of Business & Economic Development

Appointed by Secretary of Business & Economic Development: Paul J. Allen; Dion Banks; Frazier W. Blaylock; Carol Collins; David A. Costello; Kerinia Cusick; Brian P. Darmody, Esq.; James C. Dinegar; Jack Duley; Donald C. Fry; Julie E. Gabrielli; Thomas M. Gaines; Thomas H. Graham; James M. Harkins; Ronald Jackson; Douglas L. Lashley, J.D.; Keith Losoya; I. Katherine Magruder; Fred D. Mason, Jr.; John Mello; Douglas R. M. Nazarian, Esq.; Dan Petrescu; Eric C. Sprague; Diane Sweeney; Malcolm D. Woolf.

Ex officio: Earl F. Hance, Secretary of Agriculture; Shari T. Wilson, Secretary of the Environment; Raymond A. Skinner, Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Alexander M. Sanchez, Secretary of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation; John R. Griffin, Secretary of Natural Resources; Beverly K. Swaim-Staley, Secretary of Transportation.

In March 2010, Secretary of Business and Economic Development convened Maryland Green Jobs and Industry Task Force. Charge of Task Force was to develop a comprehensive strategic plan to move Maryland towards a green and sustainable economy by promoting green jobs, clean and efficient energy, and resource protection and restoration.

In July 2010, Task Force reported to Governor.

MARYLAND INDUSTRIAL TRAINING PROGRAM
Formerly under Office of In-State Business Services, Maryland Industrial Training Program transferred in December 2003 to Business Development-Baltimore Region, which reformed as Regional Development. In September 2008, Program was placed under Division of Economic Development and, in July 2009, under Division of Business and Enterprise Development. Effective July 1, 2015, funds no longer were available for Program.

To develop new workforces and underwrite training necessary to start and expand operations, Program gave grants to businesses. It helped firms use Maryland One-Stop Career Centers to determine staffing needs and recruit employees. Program also linked businesses to other State services, to resources available for productivity and training needs assessments, and to training curricula and resources for curriculum development.

MARYLAND LIFE SCIENCES ADVISORY BOARD
Effective Oct. 1, 2015, transferred to Maryland Technology Development Corporation (Chapter 141, Acts of 2015).

MARYLAND OFFICE OF SPORTS MARKETING
Formed in Aug. 2008 as a joint venture between Division of Tourism, Film, and Arts and Maryland Stadium Authority, Maryland Office of Sports Marketing promoted Maryland as a sports tourism destination. Office evaluated Maryland's sports assets and developed strategies to increase number of sports events, both professional and amateur, in State.

In Jan. 2013, Office transferred to Maryland Stadium Authority.

MARYLAND SEAFOOD & AQUACULTURE LOAN FUND
Authorization for Fund was repealed in 2000 (Chapter 305, Acts of 2000).

MARYLAND TRADE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
Under Office of International Business, absorbed by Trade Development Group in Sept. 1999.

MARYLAND VENTURE FUND AUTHORITY
Effective Oct. 1, 2015, transferred to Maryland Technology Development Corporation (
Chapter 141, Acts of 2015).

MOTION PICTURE & TELEVISION DEVELOPMENT OFFICE
Also known as Maryland Film Commission, renamed Maryland Film Office on July 1, 1997 (Chapter 49, Acts of 1997).

NATIONAL MARKETING
Under Division of Business Development, renamed Office of Advertising and Promotion in Sept. 1999.

NATIONAL TRADE SHOWS & MISSIONS
Under Office of Business Development, renamed National Marketing in 1997.

NORTH AMERICAN RECRUITMENT
Under Office of Business Development, reorganized as Business Attraction in July 2012.

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATION & TECHNOLOGY
Under Deputy Secretary, reorganized in Oct. 2015 as Division of Adminstration and Technology.

OFFICE OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
Reorganized in Dec. 2003 as Office of Support Services. Resumed former name in 2005. With addition of Information and Technology Management in July 2007, became Division of Administration and Technology.

OFFICE OF ADVERTISING & PROMOTION
In Jan. 2003, renamed Office of Strategic Marketing.

OFFICE OF ARTS & COMMUNITY OUTREACH
Under Division of Tourism, Film, and the Arts, formed in Feb. 2003; ceased to exist in 2007.

OFFICE OF BIOHEALTH TECHNOLOGY
Under Division of Business and Industry Sector Development, renamed Office of BioHealth and Life Sciences in March 2016.

OFFICE OF BUSINESS & ECONOMIC RESEARCH
Under Division of Business Development, became Business and Economic Research within Office of Business Services in Sept. 1999.

OFFICE OF BUSINESS ATTRACTION
Under Office of Business Development, restructured as Office of Recruitment and Business Location Services in Sept. 2017.

OFFICE OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Under Division of Business Development, renamed Office of Business Services in Sept. 1999.

OFFICE OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT SERVICES

OFFICE OF BUSINESS INFORMATION SERVICES
Under Division of Business Development, units dispersed to Office of Business Development Support Services, and Division of Economic Policy, Research, and Legislative Affairs in Sept. 2003.

OFFICE OF BUSINESS RELATIONS
Created in Sept. 2008, Office oversaw Communications, and Intergovernmental Affairs.

OFFICE OF BUSINESS SERVICES
Formed in July 2009, under Division of Business Development, the Office of Business Services oversaw three offices: Small Business; Strategic Initiatives; and Workforce Development and Strategic Assistance.

Restructured in July 2000 as Office of Industry and Professional Services, and Office of Technology and International Business.

OFFICE OF BUSINESS SERVICES
Under Division of Business and Enterprise Development, functions dispersed to Office of Business Development, and Office of Strategic Industries and Innovation in July 2012.

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS & BRAND MANAGEMENT
In Dec. 2003, reformed as Office of Communications and Marketing.

OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING
In Dec. 2003, Office formed under Deputy Secretary. Headed by Chief Marketing Officer, it combined functions of former Office of Communications and Brand Management with marketing components from Division of Tourism, Film, and the Arts. In Jan. 2007, two functions separated, and Office became Communications.

OFFICE OF COMMUNITY ASSISTANCE
Under Division of Regional Development, reformed in July 1999 as Office of In-State Business Services.

OFFICE OF COMMUNITY PLANNING
Under Division of Regional Response, merged with Office of Regulatory Affairs and Analysis in Jan. 2001 to form Office of Interagency and Local Government Coordination.

OFFICE OF CYBER DEVELOPMENT
Under Office of Secretary, abolished in Oct. 2015 reorganization. Some functions went to Office of Cybersecurity and Aerospace under Division of Business and Industry Sector Development.

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC POLICY & LEGISLATION
In Oct. 2003, reorganized as Division of Economic Policy, Research, and Legislative Affairs.

OFFICE OF EQUAL OPPORTUNITY
Under Office of Secretary, merged with Contracts and Procurement Unit to form Office of Fair Practices and Procurement in Sept. 2003.

OFFICE OF FAIR PRACTICES
Under Deputy Secretary, restructured as Office of Equal Employment Opportunity and Fair Practices in March 2016.

OFFICE OF FEDERAL RESPONSE & TECHNOLOGY COMMERCIALIZATION
Under Division of Regional Development, renamed Office of Technology Support in March 1998.

OFFICE OF FINANCE
Under Division of Administration, renamed Office of Budget and Finance in 1997.

OFFICE OF FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION
Under Division of Regional Development, functions assumed by Economic Development Support Unit in Aug. 2003.

OFFICE OF GLOBAL INVESTMENT & TECHNOLOGY
Office began as Office of International Trade in 1985. Reformed as Maryland International Division in 1988, it was renamed Office of International Trade in 1995 under Division of Business Development. Office of International Business became its new name in 1996. Its international marketing functions were assigned to Office of Marketing and Sales in 1999. In July 2000, duties of that office were assumed by Office of Industry and Professional Services, and Office of Technology and International Business. In Dec. 2001, Office of Technology and International Business restructured as Office of Global Investment and Technology, and its international marketing component expanded to become Office of International Trade.

Under Division of Business Development, Office of Global Investment and Technology had two teams that specialized in high-tech industry: Advanced Technologies; and Biotechnology and Life Sciences.

Office of Global Investment and Technology restructured as Office of Biosciences and Life Sciences, and Office of Advanced Technologies in Sept. 2003.

OFFICE OF INDUSTRY & PROFESSIONAL SERVICES
Some functions of Office began as National Business Development in 1991. Renamed Business Development Group in 1992, it resumed its former name in 1994. Within Division of Marketing, it reorganized as Office of Business Development in 1995, and under Division of Business Development as Office of Marketing and Sales in 1999. In July 2000, it became Office of Industry and Professional Services.

Through marketing campaigns in this country and abroad, Office encouraged new businesses to locate and develop in Maryland. Office provided information to corporations about economic resources of State, including raw materials, power and water resources, transportation facilities, markets, labor, banking and financing options, industrial sites, and incentives offered by State government.

Maryland as a premier business location for foreign and domestic firms was marketed by Office. With key decision makers and business location consultants, Office targeted certain markets and industries to recruit fastest growing firms for relocation in State.

Within Office were two teams that targeted specific segments of industry: Finance, Insurance, and Real Estate; and Manufacturing, Transportation, and Distribution.

Under Division of Business Development, Office of Industry and Professional Services reorganized as Office of Business Development Support Services in Sept. 2003.

OFFICE OF INDUSTRY SECTOR ASSISTANCE
Under Division of Marketing, reorganized as Office of Information Technology Marketing in Feb. 1998.

OFFICE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Formerly under Division of Marketing, Office functions were placed directly under Office of Secretary in March 1998.

OFFICE OF IN-STATE BUSINESS SERVICES
Under Division of Regional Development, restructured as Office of Small and Minority Business Initiatives in Sept. 2003.

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Under Division of Business Development, duties assumed by Office of Marketing and Sales in Feb. 2000.

OFFICE OF INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT & TRADE
In Oct. 2015, restructured as Division of International Investment and Trade.

OFFICE OF MANUFACTURING, LOGISTICS, & FINANCIAL SERVICES
Formerly under Division of Business Development, reformed as Manufacturing, Transportation, and Distribution under Technology Strategy and Business Development in 2004.

OFFICE OF MARKETING & SALES
Under Division of Business Development, restructured as Office of Industry and Professional Services, and Office of Technology and International Business in July 2000.

OFFICE OF MILITARY AFFAIRS
Under Deputy Secretary, reorganized as Office of Federal and Military Affairs in Sept. 2008.

OFFICE OF MILITARY AFFAIRS
In Oct. 2015, reorganized as Division of Military and Federal Affairs.

OFFICE OF MILITARY & FEDERAL AFFAIRS
Under Division of Business and Enterprise Development, restructured as Office of Military Affairs in July 2012.

OFFICE OF POLICY, PLANNING, & RESEARCH
Restructured as Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs in July 2009.

OFFICE OF POLICY & GOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS
Under Office of Secretary, restructured as Office of Policy and Research in Oct. 2015.

OFFICE OF REGIONAL GROWTH & RETENTION
Under Office of Business Development, restructured as Office of Business Retention, Expansion, and Strategic Rural Development in Sept. 2017.

OFFICE OF REGIONAL RESPONSE
Under Division of Regional Development, merged with Community Infrastructure Development to form Office of Community Assistance in April 1998.

OFFICE OF REGULATORY AFFAIRS & ANALYSIS
Under Division of Regional Development, combined with Office of Community Planning to form Office of Interagency and Local Government Coordination in Jan. 2001.

OFFICE OF REGULATORY & ENVIRONMENTAL ASSISTANCE
Under Division of Regional Development, reorganized as Office of Business Advocacy in Jan. 1997; transferred to Office of Secretary in 1998.

OFFICE OF REGULATORY RELIEF

OFFICE OF SMALL BUSINESS
Under Office of Business Services, renamed Office of Small Business Resources and transferred to Office of Business Development in July 2012.

OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INDUSTRIES & INNOVATION
Under Division of Business and Industry Sector Development, renamed Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship in Oct. 2015.

OFFICE OF STRATEGIC INITIATIVES
Under Officeof Business Services, functions absorbed by Office of Strategic Industries and Innovation in July 2012.

OFFICE OF STRATEGIC MARKETING
Office began as National Trade Shows and Missions, became National Marketing in 1997, and Office of Advertising and Promotion in 1999. Renamed Office of Strategic Marketing in Jan. 2003, it developed marketing strategy to attract businesses to Maryland through advertising, special events, and trade shows.

Under Division of Business Development, functions assumed by Office of Business Support Services in Sept. 2003.

OFFICE OF SUPPORT SERVICES
In 2005, renamed Office of Administrative Services.

OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY & INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS
Under Division of Business Development, restructured as Office of Global Investment and Technology in Dec. 2001.

OFFICE OF TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT
Under Division of Regional Development, functions dispersed in 1999 between State Technology Coordinator, and Office of Military Affairs and Federal Facilities.

OFFICE OF WORKFORCE COORDINATION
In Jan. 2001, became part of Office of Interagency and Local Government Coordination.

OFFICE OF WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT & STRATEGIC ASSISTANCE
Under Office of Business Services, functions absorbed by Office of Business Development in July 2012.

OPERATIONS & SPECIAL PROJECTS
Formerly under Division of Business and Enterprise Development, renamed Operations in Oct. 2015 under Division of Business and Industry Sector Development.

PARTNERSHIP FOR WORKFORCE QUALITY ADVISORY BOARD
Appointed by Governor with advice of Secretary of Business & Economic Development & Chair of Workforce Investment Board to 3-year terms:
H. K. Norman Wolske, Chair (chosen by Governor), 2003
John A. Sabatini, Jr., Ed.D., 2001; Charles M. Blackburn II, 2002; James B. Kauffman, Jr., 2002; Dharapuram Srinath, 2002; Gilbert Cephas, 2003; Richard G. McClure, 2003; Katherine M. Oliver, 2003; Karen L. Sitnick, 2003; Sadhna Agrawal, 2004; Melvin Forbes, 2004; Vickie L. Fultonberger, 2004; Robert N. Smelkinson, 2004.

Appointed by Senate President: Edward J. Kasemeyer

Appointed by House Speaker: John F. Wood, Jr.

Partnership formed in 1989, when Partnership for Workforce Quality Program was established within Department of Economic and Employment Development (Chapter 292, Acts of 1989). Formerly under Office of In-State Business Services, the Board transferred to Business Development-Baltimore Region in Dec. 2003.

Partnership for Workforce Quality Program provided training services to improve competitiveness and productivity of Maryland's workers and businesses, upgrade employee skills for new technologies or production processes, and help Maryland businesses promote employment stability. Board consulted with Workforce Investment Board and advised Secretary of Business and Economic Development about Program.

With advice from Secretary of Business and Economic Development and Chair of Workforce Investment Board, Governor named Board's fifteen members to three-year terms (Code 1957, Art. 83A, secs. 3-701 through 3-704).

Board has been inactive since 2003.

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT & SPECIAL PROJECTS
Under Chief Operating Officer, renamed Performance Measurement in July 2012.

PERFORMANCE MEASURE & PROCESS IMPROVEMENT
Under Office of Policy and Government Affairs, abolished in Oct. 2015.

PUBLIC AFFAIRS & MEDIA RELATIONS
Under Division of Marketing and Communications, renamed Public Affairs in Oct. 2015.

REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Abolished in Sept. 2008; functions transferred to Office of Economic Development.

RESOURCE-BASED INDUSTRY
Under Business Development, discontinued in Dec. 2007.

SECURITY & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Under Office of Business Development, reorganized in July 2012 under Office of Strategic Industries and Innovation as two units: Cyber Security, and Technology Development.

SISTER STATES GROUP
Under Office of International Business, renamed Sister States Program in 1997.

SISTER STATES PROGRAM
Privatized in 1997 (
www.wtci.org/mdsisters).

SITE CONSULTANTS
Under Business Development, reorganized as Business Location Services in Jan. 2008.

SMALL & MINORITY BUSINESS INITIATIVES
Under Division of Business Development, Small and Minority Business Initiatives began as Maryland Business Assistance Center. In 1991, Center functions reorganized as Office of Business Assistance under Division of Business Resources. Office became Business Assistance in 1993 and Office of Regional Response in 1995. In April 1998, Office of Regional Response merged with Community Infrastructure Development to form Office of Community Assistance. In July 1999, Office was renamed Office of In-State Business Services, and, in Sept. 2003, became Office of Small and Minority Business Initiatives. In Dec. 2003, Office moved to Governor's Office of Business Advocacy and Small Business Assistance as Small and Minority Business Initiatives.

Functions absorbed by Division of Small Business in 2007.

SMALL BUSINESS & ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Formerly under Office of Strategic Industries and Innovation, renamed Small Business in Oct. 2015 under Office of Strategic Industries and Entrepreneurship.

SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE

SMALL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CENTER PROGRAM
Abolished in 1997 (Chapter 51, Acts of 1997).

SMALL BUSINESS TASK FORCE
Staff: Jorge I. Austrich (410) 767-6678

Ackneil M. Muldrow II, Chair

Appointed by Senate President: George C. Edwards; Katherine A. Klausmeier.

Appointed by House Speaker: Adrienne A. Jones; James J. King.

Appointed by Secretary of Business & Economic Development: Marilyn M. Blandford; Roland O. Campbell; Elda M. Devarie; Annie L. Geiermann; Paul Hartgen; George N. Holback; Kevin Miller; Ackneil M. Muldrow II; Carmen Ortiz-Larsen; Shailesh (Sly) Patel; Timothy Ring; William F. Simmons; R. Wayne Strausberg; Gregory P. Thompson; Robert L. Wallace; John Walters.

Ex officio: Christian S. Johansson, Secretary of Business & Economic Development; Joan C. Cadden, designee of Secretary of General Services; Raymond A. Skinner, Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Jaclyn R. Lichter, designee of Secretary of Labor, Licensing, & Regulation; Luwanda W. Jenkins, Special Secretary of Minority Affairs; Renee C. Sprow, Executive Director, Maryland Small Business Development Centers; Stephen D. Umberger, Baltimore District Director, U.S. Small Business Administration.

In Aug. 2009, Secretary of Business and Economic Development convened Task Force. Advocating for Maryland's small businesses, Task Force considered challenges faced by small businesses and other issues affecting them.

In Dec. 2009, Task Force made recommendations to Governor on how State can improve services to small businesses and help them operate more efficiently.

STUDY PANEL TO REVIEW ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FINANCING PROGRAMS
Thomas M. Middleton, Senate Co-Chair
Michael E. Busch, House Co-Chair

Appointed by Senate President: Martin G. Madden; Nathaniel J. McFadden; Ida G. Ruben; J. Lowell Stoltzfus.

Appointed by House Speaker: Kumar P. Barve; Kerry A. Hill; Nancy Hubers; Richard A. La Vay.

Representing private business sector: Arthur D. Ebersberger; Joseph Haskins, Jr.; Kimberly S. Repac; William J. Reuter.

Representing local economic development officials: Brian T. Duncan; John T. (Jack) Lyburn, Jr.; David J. Ryan, Jr.

Panel submitted its recommendations in Dec. 1999.

TAX INCENTIVES
Under Office of Finance Programs, renamed Tax Programs in July 2012.

TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
Under Office of Strategic Development and Innovation, phased out in July 2014.

TECHNOLOGY STRATEGY & BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
In Jan. 2006, became Business Development.

TRADE DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Under Division of Business Development, functions expanded to become Office of International Trade in Dec. 2001.

TRADE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
Under Division of Business Development, in 1999, reformed as Trade Development Group.

TRADE FINANCE PROGRAM
Under Financing Programs, functions transferred to regional teams in Sept. 1999.

TRADE PROMOTION GROUP
Formerly under Office of International Business, renamed Marketing Strategies Group and moved under Office of Marketing and Sales in Sept. 1999.

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