Md. officials assess future of troubled state trade agency Director resigns amid criticism of his performance

September 15, 1991|By David Conn

Eric Feldmann, a former Howard County economic development chief, was hired by the state of Maryland in late 1987 to craft a new entity from elements of seven different agencies in three different state departments. His creature, the Maryland International Division, was born on Valentine's Day 1988.

Fiscal 1992 -- $4.44 million; fiscal 1991 -- $4.21 million

HISTORY

Created in February 1988 as an agency within the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED), the Maryland International Division comprises seven marketing and business development offices from DEED, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDAG). Activities are coordinated under the authority of the governor and his international cabinet, which includes the secretaries of the three above mentioned

departments.

PROGRAMS

* Office of International Trade: Identifies Maryland companies with export potentials and helps them to enter foreign trade markets.

* International Business Development: Focuses on attracting foreign investment to Maryland and arranges foreign trade missions.

* Sisters Program: Fosters cultural, educational, business and technological exchanges with foreign locales.

* World Trade Center Institute: An information and educational agency, funded by MID and the private sector, privides data and services for Marylabnd businessed interested in doing business abroad.

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