Chamber Initiates New Competitiveness Project

The Board of Directors of the Maryland Chamber has approved a new initiative to help the state become more competitive in private sector job growth and business investment over the next few years. The initiative will create a new coalition of organizations throughout the State that will include local chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, regional business groups, trade associations and other interested parties who will focus on two to three public policy issues which could rapidly move Maryland to national and global business status.

The coalition will be co-chaired by former DBED Secretary Aris Melissaratos of Johns Hopkins; Bill Couper, former President of the Mid-Atlantic Region of Bank of America and Bill Roberts, recently retired as President of Verizon MD/DC. Both Couper and Roberts are former chairmen of the Maryland Chamber and inductees into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame.

Now is the perfect time to plan a destiny for Maryland and its businesses. We must focus on a global vision, collaborate with stakeholders, create incentives for business expansion and entrepreneurship, and improve the quality of life by investing in expanding transportation systems throughout the State. Only through this effort will Maryland assume its rightful role as a vibrant leader in technology and innovation, private sector job creation and business investment.

The coalition, which held its first meeting earlier this month, will develop short and long term goals, including hosting a major economic summit in September 2013. Already signed on to the coalition are groups such as the Economic Alliance of Baltimore, Regional Manufacturing Institute, Greater Washington Board of Trade, Regional Manufacturers Institute, Maryland Association of CPAs, University System of Maryland and many local chambers of commerce from across the state. Dozens more are expected. For further information, contact me at ksnyder@mdchamber.org.

Legislative Issues Tag: Competitiveness

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