TASK FORCE ON THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF WESTERN MARYLAND

George C. Edwards, Co-Chair (appointed by Senate President)
Jason C. Buckel, Co-Chair (appointed by House Speaker)

Appointed by President, Frostburg State University: Albert A. Delia

Appointed by Board of Directors, Tri-County Council for Western Maryland: Jacob C. (Jake) Shade

Appointed by Allegany County Chamber of Commerce: Stuart C. Czapski

Appointed by Garrett County Chamber of Commerce: Nicole Christian

Appointed by Washington County Chamber of Commerce: Paul Frey

Ex officio: Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of Commerce; Troy LeMaile-Stovall, Executive Director, Maryland Technology Development Corporation.

Staff: Michael G. Siers

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e-mail: michael.siers1@maryland.gov

In July 2020, the Task Force on the Economic Future of Western Maryland was formed by the General Assembly (Chapter 207, Acts of 2020).

The Task Force first studied the current economic situation in Western Maryland. Then, it considered and made recommendations for improving the local economies of Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties. This included how to strengthen technology-based and tourism-based industries in Western Maryland, and how to overcome barriers to the expansion of small businesses in the area.

To the Governor, the Senate President, and the House Speaker, an interim report was submitted on February 16, 2021, and a final report was submitted on January 6, 2022.

Authorization for the Task Force was to end June 30, 2021, but was extended to December 31, 2021 (Chapters 413 and 414, Acts of 2021).

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