Mathias to head development group

November 03, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

R. Douglas Mathias, who for 10 years was projects director and district coordinator to former U.S. Rep. Beverly Byron, is the first executive director of the Greater Westminster Development Corporation, board members announced yesterday.

"I'm looking very forward to working with that organization," said Mr. Mathias, a 43-year-old Westminster native.

"It's going to be very exciting to work with them, finding and focusing on ways to assist the business community and attract businesses to the area at the same time."

Mr. Mathias, a graduate of the former St. John's High School in Westminster and St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's City, will make $35,000 a year.

He is working toward a master's degree in public administration at the University of Baltimore.

As GWDC's executive director, Mr. Mathias will be responsible for carrying out the quasi-governmental economic development organization's objectives, which include revitalizing Westminster and attracting new businesses to the area.

The organization was formed last winter with money from the city, grants and businesses in the area.

"We're getting started with looking into the future," said Mr. Mathias, whose first task will be to set up GWDC's office at 105 E. Main St. "We hope this [plan] meets with great success."

After working for Mrs. Byron from 1983 to 1993, Mr. Mathias spent a year with the Allegany County Department of Economic Development as the resource development director, organizing marketing and business development activities.

It was that experience, as well as his familiarity with Westminster, that led GWDC's board to choose Mr. Mathias over the other 60 applicants for the position, said James Dulany IV, who became president of the organization this week.

Applicants came from as far away as Albany, N.Y., and Virginia, including many from Maryland and Carroll County, he said.

"He [Mr. Mathias] had a fair amount of experience and success as [Allegany] county economic and industrial development director," Mr. Dulany said. "All of his past employment history has been in the Carroll County area except for the time he spent in Allegany County."

Serving Westminster also runs in the Mathias family, Mr. Mathias said. His grandfather was the city's mayor for 23 years and his father served on the City Council, Mr. Mathias said.

"My family is pretty well established in the area," he said, noting that his family has owned the Joseph L. Mathias Monuments company for many years. "I've resided in the area even when I was working for Allegany County and working for the U.S. Congress."

He and his wife, Paula Magrogan Mathias, live in Westminster. They are expecting their first child in February.

In other business, the GWDC elected Roy Chiavacci as vice president; Eileen Shields, secretary, and Jack Tevis, treasurer.

Thomas Ferguson, president of Carroll County Bank and Trust, will continue to serve as chairman of the board.

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