The state Department of Economic and Employment Development told the board of the National Information Technology Center yesterday that if the quasi-public agency isn't on track by the time the General Assembly convenes in January, the state will pull the plug.
Mitchell Horowitz, technology adviser to DEED Secretary Mark Wasserman, delivered the message to a well-attended board meeting at the center's headquarters in Rockville. The board had gathered to chart a new course after a staff purge last month that left the NITC with only one employee.
"It's a turnaround situation. Everyone's aware of it," said Mr. Horowitz. "They have to get NITC on firm fiscal footing."
He said the state was committed to promoting advanced information technologies, but not necessarily with NITC as its vehicle.
The state has poured about $2million into the center, which was set up to help promote Maryland's information technology industry. State officials have criticized the center for failing to establish strong ties with Maryland-based technology companies, for failing to raise sufficient funds from private sources and for a top-heavy management.