Twele is named new director of economic development office

He'll focus on marketing, keeping businesses here

December 07, 2004|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

Carroll County's new director of economic development brings years of experience with the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development to the job.

Lawrence F. Twele, 38, a resident of Elkridge in Howard County, will join the county's staff next month, officials announced yesterday.

"My main focus will be on business retention and on marketing Carroll County as the attractive destination that it is," Twele said yesterday.

Since 1998, he has worked for the state, initially as director of the regional economic development office and more recently as senior business development specialist for the Greater Baltimore region. He previously had been employed in the manufacturing sector for private industry.

The county commissioners have made economic development a priority, hoping to boost Carroll's industrial tax revenues from the current 12 percent, the lowest proportion among the metropolitan counties.

"Carroll has several exciting projects going on," Twele said. "Certainly, its highly educated work force and its high quality of life can offer businesses many benefits." In a news release issued yesterday, Twele said, "I am eager to work with the community and municipalities to carry out the commissioners' objective to maintain the county's high quality of life and increase the tax base."

A panel of representatives from Carroll's business community, its towns and the Economic Development Commission reviewed resumes from more than 50 candidates for the job, which John T. "Jack" Lyburn left in August to start a consulting business. The panel interviewed eight candidates before making its recommendation to the commissioners.

Lyburn, who had been Carroll's economic director for nine years, said yesterday that he has worked with Twele on several business prospects for the county.

"He is a great choice," Lyburn said. "He knows the state, Carroll County and he has solid economic development experience."

Twele's annual salary will be $90,000.

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