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January 12, 2011

Maine Governor Paul LePage named Phillip Congdon as the new commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development. Cogndon is a licensed professional engineer who spent more than 20 years with Texas Instruments in Dallas. He replaces Acting Commissioner Thaxter Trafton.

Ohio Governor John Kasich announced Mark Kvamme, a partner at Sequoia Capital, will serve as the interim state development director. The Silicon Valley venture capitalist has agreed to do the job for a dollar.

Former NorTech CEO Dorothy Baunach will be Cuyahoga County's interim economic development director.

Ken Bloemer, executive director of the U.S.A. National Innovation Marketplace, will replace Phil Doepker as director of the University of Dayton, Innovation Center.

Richard Chapas has been appointed the state project director for Delaware EPSCoR. He will succeed Steve Borleske, who has retired after more than eight years of service.

Choose New Jersey has selected Tracye McDaniel as its first chief executive officer. Previously, McDaniel served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Greater Houston Partnership.

Battelle Memorial Institute's Robert McGrath has been named the new director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute and Georgia Tech vice president. McGrath will begin his new responsibilities Feb. 1, 2011.

Warren Nash, former deputy commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Commercialization & Innovation, has been hired as the new director of the Lexington Innovation & Commercialization Center.

The Greater Baltimore Technology Council named Sharon Webb its new CEO and created a new position of chief operating officer for former marketing director Jennifer Gunner. Webb was previously senior vice president at Riggs, Counselman, Michaels & Downes a risk management and employee benefits firm.

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