Maryland Competitiveness Coalition Growing

Fifty business organizations across the State are actively participating in the Maryland Chamber’s initiative to help our State become more competitive nationally and globally. Co-Chaired by former DBED Secretary Aris Melissaratos and past Maryland Chamber Chairmen Bill Couper (Bank of America, retired) and Bill Roberts (Verizon MD/DC, retired), the Maryland Competitiveness Coalition will meet again later this month to continue developing statewide consensus on short- and long-term actions the State should take in order to create more high paying private sector jobs and increase business investment, despite federal budget cuts.

The consensus building process has been invigorating. Seldom has such a diverse group of employer organizations been united. All of us believe we have great assets in Maryland. The opportunity is to build on them and quickly advance our economic future for the benefit of all.

We’ve reviewed studies on the state’s financial health and on a competitive review of its tax structure. Later this month, K-12 education and economic sustainability will be discussed. More meetings are scheduled through the summer, leading to an invitation-only Economic Summit in September. The summit will generate statewide consensus on key action items for the next few years to share with the current and next Governors as well as legislative leadership.

Numerous local chambers of commerce have joined the coalition, from Ocean City to Garrett County, Southern Maryland to Baltimore and throughout the Suburban and Central Maryland areas. In addition, many and regional groups are also engaged including the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Maryland Bankers, Maryland Association of CPAs, Tech Council of Maryland and Maryland Hospital Association. For further information, contact Kathy Snyder, President/CEO, at ksnyder@mdchamber.org or 410-269-0642 or 301-261-2858.

Legislative Issues Tag: Competitiveness

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