Maryland, in the 1960s, found itself a key participant in the
scientific age. Along with federal space and atomic energy
facilities located in her Washington suburban counties, the
State had attracted numerous private scientific and research
facilities employing thousands. To maintain this position and
to insure that science-related industrial concerns were well-
informed about what Maryland had to offer, Governor Tawes
created the Governor's Science Resources Advisory Board.
Working with the Department of Economic Development, this
Board succeeded in attracting new science-industry to the Free
State and played a large part in the creation of a Science
Center in Annapolis, in 1964. During this period, the Governor
also served as a member of the Nuclear Energy and Space Com-
mittee of the Southern Governors' Conference and, in the final
address in this section, he explains the work of the Southern
Interstate Nuclear Board in promoting atomic energy research
throughout the region.
REMARKS, GOVERNOR'S SCIENCE RESOURCES
November 13, 1963
When your organizational committee met last August 20th, I was
very sorry to have to send you a wire telling you I could not attend.
But at that time, I promised myself that I would attend your next
meeting and say to you personally what I said in the telegram earlier.
That is, I am deeply appreciative of what you are doing and the time
and effort you are putting forth.
I should like to congratulate Mercer Smith on an excellent job of
recruiting such fine talent to make up the Board membership. I shall
be very much interested in your recommendations as this Board pro-
ceeds to operate because in company with many others, I am firmly
convinced that the future economic development of Maryland rests in
large part on the expansion of science-industry in the State.
Just the other day an article pointed out that the missile/space
industry is rapidly overtaking the automobile industry as the top in-