Competitiveness Coalition Meets with Norm Augustine

The Maryland Competitiveness Coalition met this week with Norm Augustine, former CEO of Lockheed Martin, who chairs the new Maryland Economic Development and Business Climate Commission

The commission was established earlier this year by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch. It held its first meeting on April 30. Augustine said the commission plans to meet in various parts of the State, seeking ideas to improve Maryland’s economic development efforts with an eye on making Maryland more competitive.  

The commission will submit its final report and recommendations on December 15. The presiding officers expect the report to lead to legislative proposals during the 2015 session. “They are both very committed to this, in my opinion,” Augustine said. “They’ve made it very clear that what they want is actionable proposals.” 

Competitiveness Coalition leaders briefed Augustine on the Vision and Action Plan for Maryland’s Future and offered to support the commission as it conducts its work. In addition to holding meetings throughout the summer and fall, Augustine said the commission will establish a website where business leaders can submit their ideas and feedback. 

Augustine was receptive to the coalition’s ideas and encouraged members to stay engaged with the commission throughout the process. He was particularly interested in specific examples of trouble employers are having with Maryland’s permitting process and economic incentives. We will keep members informed as the commission established its website and sets the agendas for future meetings.  

“I think that by working together, as you are doing, you can have a lot more impact than as individual voices,” Augustine said. 

For more information on the work of the coalition, click here, or contact Kathy Snyder at ksnyder@mdchamber.org

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