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Maryland Governor-elect Forms Commission to Promote Tech Business

December 13, 2002

Gov.-elect Robert Ehrlich has officially put forth his first economic development initiative for Maryland, according to recent press reports. His initiative, the creation of the Commission on Development of High Technology Business, is designed to encourage more technology business in the state.

The reports state Gov.-elect Ehrlich hopes to receive recommendations from the panel by July 2002 "on whether the state can change regulations to cultivate technology jobs." By the second year of his term, he plans to use their feedback to present a complete technology agenda to the State Legislature.

In a press statement, Gov.-elect Ehrlich said his "administration will strengthen investments in biotech incubators, streamline its technology funding programs, and help Maryland schools turn out the workers our hi-tech economy needs to thrive."

Ehrlich chose George Pappas, a local attorney, to chair the commission. Future commission members are expected to represent area businesses, venture capital firms and higher education.