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Maryland Manual, 1973-74
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State government to cope with the new situations or grasp new oppor-
tunities for economic development which arise from the peaceful appli-
cation of atomic energy (Code 1967, 1971 Repl. Vol., Art. 41, sec.
William A. Pate, Director
Robert M. Sparks, Deputy Director
James A. McComas, Jr„ Chief of Business and Industrial Development
William B. Braun, Chief of Federal and Field Liaison
George W. Hubley, Jr., Business Liaison Officer
2626 Riva Road, Annapolis 21401 Telephone: 267-6601
The General Assembly originally created the Division of Economic
Development and the Economic Development Advisory Commission by
Chapter 186, Acts of 1969 "for the general purpose of advancing the
economic welfare of the people through programs and activities to
develop . . . the State's natural resources and economic opportunities
pertaining to commerce, agriculture, mining, forestry, transportation,
travel, tourism, and recreation, and to promote and encourage the
location of new industries and businesses in the State . . . and . . . the
retention and expansion of present enterprises . . . and to foster and
develop gainful employment . . ." for residents of the State. In 1970,
the Department became a division in the newly-created Department
of Economic and Community Development and adopted its present
name by Chapter 627, Acts of 1970.
The Division assembles and disseminates information in the interest
of economic, industrial, and tourist development; enters into contracts;
and is empowered to utilize all existing State agencies, boards, com-
missions, and institutions as sources of information, except in such
cases as are provided by law to be confidential and secret.
The programs of the Division are carried out through the following:
The Business and Industrial Development Office promotes, publicizes,
and advertises Maryland's advantages and opportunities for the profit-
able location of sound new business and industries. The Office initiates
and maintains contacts with business and industrial prospects, an-
swers their request for information, and informs them about all Mary-
land locations which might meet their requirements for successful
operation. It arranges for industrial prospects to visit Maryland
communities of their choosing, and escorts them on such trips. The
Office also assists, encourages, and cooperates with community, re-
gional, and area development efforts, both public and private, including
working with community groups in the preparation of Community
Economic Inventories and other business and industrial reference
and promotional publications. It also conducts an advertising program
in national and regional publications which call attention to Mary-
land's business and industrial advantages and opportunities.
The Business Liaison Office provides services to retain resident
business and industry; encourages resident industry to expand opera-
tions in Maryland; and helps resolve complaints and grievances about
State services from Maryland's business community. The Office exists
primarily to help the Maryland businessman improve his relations
with State agencies, to see to it that his voice is heard, and to make
sure that his inquiries and requests receive prompt attention.
A new international program consists of an International Business
Specialist, located in the Division's offices in Annapolis, and a Euro-
pean Industrial Development Representative, stationed in Brussels,

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